Importance of Automation in Oil & Gas Industry
Automation is the use of electronics and computer-controlled devices to assume control of processes. The aim of automation is to boost efficiency and reliability.
Oil and gas automation, also known as oilfield automation, in the oil and gas industry refers to a growing number of processes, many involving digital technologies, that can help energy producers better compete in global markets. Oil and gas automation is involved in areas drilling, production operations and process control, logistics and supply chain, safety and retail operations.
How does oil and gas automation work? Oil and gas automation often utilizes sensors based on the internet of things (IoT), predictive and self-learning systems to increase productivity, and expert systems/use of artificial intelligence (AI) to fill in gaps brought on by a skilled labor shortage.
What are the benefits of oil and gas automation?
Oil and gas automation offers multitude of business benefits listed below:
§ Reduced cost: AI and digital technology make it possible to reduce costs by both partly replacing human labour and enhancing the safety and accuracy of existing human-driven tasks. Automating manual portions of the drilling process reduce safety risks. Oil and gas automation cuts back on time, allows for more scalable processes, and reduces jobsite injury and death.
§ Well knit enterprise: Upstream producers working in remote areas benefit from automation by using drones and submersibles to help monitor inspection processes. Measurements of pressure and flows of oil and gas can be improved through automation and can benefit upstream, midstream, and downstream producers. Interconnected, automated systems allow for the easy distribution of data and greater efficiency enterprise wide.
§ Improved efficiency and output: Modernising and automating internal IT processes helps all energy operations to simplify production and boost yields, reducing carbon footprints while increasing potential revenue.
Automation coupled with Instrumentation make effective control system offering following advantages in Oil & Gas Industry: -
§ Productivity:Automated processes and effective control help improve overall productivity as processes can be analysed to determine shortcomings, which can then be altered for better results.
§ Optimization:A clear and accurate indication of the process variables help optimise the production / manufacturing process, improving the overall performance and output.
§ Reliability:Automation, control software and hardware have become more reliable, flexible, and user-friendly, improving the communication between process equipment and instrumentation. Effective control systems provide accurate and reliable data and information.
§ Safety: A control systems provides the ability to control devices and systems process remotely. This reduces the risk of injury, providing safer operating procedures for employees.
Advance Engineers’ oil and gas automation solutions are based on the latest technologies, including the internet of things (IoT), predictive and self-learning systems, and expert systems/artificial intelligence (AI).
Our solutions are tailored to the specific needs of the oil and gas industry and can help producers overcome the challenges of a skilled labor shortage.
If you’re looking for ways to improve efficiency and competitiveness in the oil and gas industry, Advance Engineers is the partner you need. Contact us today to learn more about our oil and gas automation solutions.