Turnarounds or overhauls are a necessary part of plant maintenance. They pose enormous challenges for engineering teams as well as plant and project managers who all have to aim for a short and safe shutdown—and yet cope at the same time with longer and longer inspection cycles, highly complex technology and ever increasing demands on safety. Hear how colleagues in industry are meeting these challenges using automation technology.
Engineering (OEMs, E&Cs, Integrators)
This year’s Engineering Forum will feature a multidisciplinary panel discussing various aspect of modularization in complex project environments. Issues on the docket include how to determine if modularization is right for your project and the differences between modularization and standardized modularization approaches. Strategies and real world experience in managing risk in modularization commissioning will also be addressed..
Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals
Topics for presentation and discussion at the Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Industry Forum include Johnson & Johnson’s use of the S88 batch automation standard for product lifecycle management and Amgen’s journey to build a commercial manufacturing facility that leverages single use technology.
Metals & Mining
Productivity improvement is essential for financial success in today’s mining environment. Unfortunately, there are some longstanding barriers preventing improvements to areas of mining and processing operations. This year’s forum focuses on research and development efforts aimed at solving some of these tough problems. Specific research projects and applications discussed include remote operations of heap leach processes and hydrocyclone automation and optimization.
Oil & Gas - Integrated Operations
Producing fields already generate an enormous amount of data, a situation that is further complicated by rising well counts and increased operational complexity. More data and with relatively fewer engineering personnel has made efficient asset operations increasingly challenging. An integrated operations approach can improve collaboration across assets and personnel and improve decision making.Oil & Gas - Upstream
Operational challenges in the upstream oil & gas industry today are significantly different than they were in 2014, requiring different approaches to automation and work practices. In addition, there is an increased focus on corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship and employee and public safety. A focus on innovation and “doing things differently” is critical for the success of members of our industry.
Pulp & Paper
Attendees of the Pulp & Paper Industry Forum will vote on and discuss the most important automation issues affecting their industry. Potential topics include: best practices for getting the most out of their control systems, the value in measuring “controls reliability,” the value of continuous improvement (cost, quality, production) versus strictly lowest cost, and staffing levels and skills of mill process automation groups.
Refining & Petrochemicals
Integration, turnarounds and process safety are the three core themes of this year’s Refining & Petrochemicals Industry Forum. Industry practitioners will speak on each of the topics, followed by an interactive discussion among forum attendees.