One of our favorite parts of the User Conference is learning from our customers who are leading the way to digital transformation across the globe. Today, we heard many stories of triumph and optimization.
Hennie Engelbrecht, Principal Engineer, Metallurgy, Exxaro Resources and Marnus Olivier Lead Advanced Process Control Engineer, Wabtec explored Exxaro’s plant stabilization strategy. Exxaro operates seven coal plants in South Africa. Their advance process controllers now evaluate plant operations every two seconds. With better insight they have increased throughput 8-10%.
Saudi Aramco’s Lead Engineer, Basil Milibari, isn’t sitting still either. They are on a mission to not only use technology, but to become a technology provider by immersing themselves in digital transformation. Basil showcased the power of real-time predictive analytics.
Paper and pulp giant, Navigator, has found ways to enhance operational efficiency across a wide spectrum of asset conditions. Paula Branco, Asset Perfrmance Management (APM) Project Manager and Reliability Team Leader and Pedro Conceiçã Asset Management and Maintenance Corporate Coordinator shared the challenges of building an asset policy when some equipment is forty years old, and some are brand new. Getting it right has really paid off with 7.2% cost reduction resulting from the first phase of their project.
Ranko Stojakovic, Head of Grid Operations, at Stedin stepped us through the challenges of grid stability, as usage patterns become more volatile. They’ve teamed together with other energy providers on a connected energy trading platform, GO PACS, that hopes to eliminate waste and drive consistent stability for all participants.
The airline industry has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the reduction in air travel. Most airlines are running at 35%-40% of 2019 levels. It’s been a challenge and airlines are rising to that challenge. Aircraft Records Manager, Lori Sikora, at Republic Airways talked about the ways the crisis has driven an urgency for digital transformation change. Just last week Republic Airways delivered an aircraft with no physical paperwork for the first time – everything was completely digital. That’s an extraordinary leap forward.
We even enjoyed a fireside chat between Americas Styrenics (AmSty) CIO Laura Tibodeau and Linda Rae General Manager of our Power Generation and Oil & Gas business. AmSty, is a leading integrated producer of polystyrene and styrene monomer. Among the many products they support, there is particularly demand for COVID-19 test kits. Laura believes digital transformation is a key enabler to business transformation and talked through how their organization is investing in automating workflows and using AI.
We hope this sample of content entices you to make use of the on-demand sessions you may have missed.