Simona Del Grande

Simona Del Grande

Global PR Manager, Discrete Automation

The chemical industry is facing a unique challenge: a need for growth along with environmental regulations that each day are becoming stricter and more urgent. Limited resources, an aging workforce, aging equipment: achieving both efficiency and sustainability can seem impossible. But there’s a solution: creating an ecosystem of real-time data and actionable insights. In a word, digital transformation.

Unlocking Data’s Power
Many chemical plants that still rely on outdated equipment are unable to capture valuable data. Smart sensors, valves, and control systems are changing the game, turning data into actionable insights, and informed decisions. Cloud-based technologies like edge computing and analytics provide real-time visibility into operations, allowing for immediate and long-term optimization.

Scaling Up, Step by Step
Companies at different stages of their digital journey need customized solutions. Still they may not have the immediate capability or resources to implement a radical change across their whole enterprise. Starting a pilot program in controlled settings like labs offer a low-risk way to test technology and measure ROI. By focusing on specific challenges like energy efficiency or waste reduction, these programs showcase the potential benefits.

From Pilot to Enterprise
Once success is proven, scaling up becomes the goal. Optimizing key applications can accelerate growth, with gradual expansion across machines, lines, or entire plants. Flexible and open architecture ensures the system adapts to changing needs and integrates with existing software. Smart commissioning tools minimize downtime during implementation while templates based on existing components and process control data simplify system migration without losing any information for a smooth integration.

A comprehensive approach to digital transformation in chemical processing allows companies to utilize technology and expertise better than ever before.

A comprehensive approach to digital transformation in chemical processing allows companies to utilize technology and expertise better than ever before.

Sustainability: A Data-Driven Journey
Meeting ambitious sustainability goals requires real-time data and clear analytics. Digital transformation provides the tools to track resource usage, identify waste, and optimize processes. Predictive maintenance minimizes energy peaks and prevents unnecessary equipment usage. Visualization tools allow for testing and root-cause analysis to further improve efficiency.

Investing in the Future
Digital transformation is an ongoing journey. Chemical companies that invest in data-driven systems will gain a competitive edge in efficiency and sustainability. Scalability ensures future-proof solutions that adapt and grow along with your business. Connecting plants and enterprises unlocks the full potential for increased efficiency and a sustainable future for the chemical processing industry.
For a deeper dive on this topic, you can read the full article from Emerson’s expert Martino Caranti here.

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