Perspectives: Making it Work

Advanced Analytics Empowers Engineers

Operations benefit by gaining faster and easier insight from production data

By Michael Risse, Seeq Corporation
Nov 30, 2016

Many chemical makers nowadays are all too familiar with the acronym DRIP, which stands for data rich, information poor (Figure 1). The data collection capabilities provided by process instrumentation coupled with improved methods of networking and storage have created an environment where companies accumulate vast amounts of time-series data from labs, suppliers and other sources. These data are stored in process historians, distributed in data silos, or lie “stranded” in comma separated values (CSVs) or the hardware system that created them. Together, they contain potential insights into the operation of virtually every major item of equipment and every important process in a typical chemical plant.

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