Production Benefits of an Automation Strategy

by | Aug 11, 2015 | Flow, Measurement Instrumentation

Jason Leapley

Flow Instrumentation Director of Innovation

Computer MonitorInformation is the ultimate resource, particularly when it comes to the production of other resources. In order to ensure optimized performance and to reduce fiscal risks, more must be known about the real-life status of paper-analyzed processes. And the only way to truly do that is to have eyes on the field that can precisely deliver information.

An automation strategy delivers actionable data for confident decisions. Specifically, this directly benefits your business strategies in a variety of ways:

  • Help Resource Goals

With high stakes for efficiency and huge potential for loss–and gain–careful considerations of resource goals can become highly informed through transparent awareness of minute details and inner workings.

  • Faster and Lower-Cost First Production

Installing machinery and setting up systems take time and effort, but less initial setup time can be achieved if operations can become better organized and even synchronized. Install surveillance and plant technology simultaneously and check the efficiencies of both at once, using each to prove the other. Less time is lost to setup efforts aiming for accuracy and fewer resources are wasted trying blindly to precisely calibrate.

  • Reduced Operating, Maintenance and Compliance Costs

The trifecta of production efficiency is reduced operating, maintenance and compliance costs –, automation strategy enables you to achieve them all. Greater insight into plant operations means less unnecessary strain and wear on equipment, and close scrutiny of efficiencies means optimized maintenance schedules. Management can always be sure that compliance regulations that dictate certain levels of measurement accuracy are being met, saving on fines as well as avoiding waste.

  • Optimal Production With Maximum Yield

One of the challenges of unconventional shale production is finding the balance between rapid development and best asset deployment. Automation strategies can provide the transparency you need to identify areas for improved efficiency.

  • Better Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Performance

Responsibilities to minimize environmental impact while adhering to the evolving regulations can put a strain on overall performance. But again, transparency in the field for management means a better, more thorough understanding of the operational needs and shortcomings. Automation strategies have proven themselves to be positive contributors in the quest for better health, safety and environmental performance, independent even from the extensive benefits to the core plant production goals.

For a variety of benefits and virtually no downsides, there is no reason not to consider implementing automation strategies in your own plant. Even initial costs are no comparison for the inevitable savings of time, equipment and money. Automation strategy puts information into the hands of top decision-makers, leaving the company less vulnerable to inevitable mistakes and happenstance.

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