Offshore Automation News - page 26

Networking pros abound, but beware of cons

Aug 01, 2014

There is no doubt networking plays a vital role in the offshore oil and gas industry right now and it will be even more important in the future. With the potential of remote management of multiple platforms from an onshore location, as well…

GE announces Meridium investment

Jul 24, 2014

GE’s Measurement & Control business announced a minority equity investment in Meridium. The companies will enter into a joint development and distribution agreement that will integrate Meridium’s asset performance management (APM) software…

Hyundai designs welding robot to build offshore facilities

Jul 14, 2014

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder and a leading offshore facilities contractor, announced that it has developed a new automatic welding process to build offshore facilities. The new hot-wire TIG…

Automation can fulfill skills shortage remotely

Jul 14, 2014

A radio surveillance system in Den Helder in the Netherlands monitors the prodution operations in the southern section of the North Sea. Photo from Wintershall. It wasn’t long ago that Wintershall’s…

Heriot-Watt orders ASV C-Enduro

Jul 11, 2014

Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus has ordered an ASV C-Enduro. The C-Enduro Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) will be used for research in persistent and long-term autonomy with multiple remote and autonomous marine platforms. The…

Safety incidents: Finding the root

Jul 07, 2014

There are times when mistakes happen time and time again and no one seems to learn from them. That has got to change and Carlos Barrera is trying to help. “The ultimate goal of an incident investigation is to find the underlying reasons…

Safety, security: Know risks, learn priorities

Jul 07, 2014

Look at the risks and learn the priorities. In the manufacturing automation arena, that line could apply to the safety environment or in a security scenario. Users have to look at risks and understand the priorities in what you have to protect – and the catch is there is no room for error…

Next step after a disaster

Jul 07, 2014

Nothing good comes from a disaster, but if people and companies can learn not to let it happen again, then at least that is one positive. That is what appears to be happening after the Piper Alpha disaster (pictured) over 25 years ago and the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe four years ago…

OTC: Safety, security reign

Jul 07, 2014

Safety and security are an important combination in any industry, but when you talk about the offshore oil and gas industry, the subject definitely ratchets up a few levels. Yes, folks at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2014…

Belden launches industrial ethernet switches for harsh environments

Jul 07, 2014

Belden Inc. has launched two new robust entry-level switches in its Hirschmann product range. The new SPIDER II 16TX EEC and SPIDER II 16TX/2DS-S EEC switches have a high port density, thus offering a cost-effective means for implementing industrial Ethernet technology…

Siemens Scada software goes mobile

Jul 07, 2014

The Siemens Industry Automation Division announced it has extended the range of functions of the Simatic WinCC Scada (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software in its latest version 7.3 and added the Simatic WinCC/WebUX V7.3 option package for mobile applications…

Rockwell Automation announces new WAP

Jul 07, 2014

Rockwell Automation announced the launch of the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) featuring a work group bridge, designed to make accessing critical production data easier within the manufacturing enterprise.Unlike typical…

Automation's growth curve

Jun 17, 2014

When a feature published in 2008 speculated that “offshore platforms could soon be run by robots alone, with human beings staying on land,” a commenter in an online discussion group at dismissed the idea: “I think our ET’s and mechanics will have a job for quite some time…

Big data buzz grows louder

Jun 16, 2014

Just spin it the right way, and digital technol- ogy-working with standardized infrastructure, sprinkled with new age seismic sensors, analytics and algorithms - produces Big Data which transforms workflows, improves collaboration and enhances production and profit…

Automating assets

Jun 16, 2014

Statoil’s Valemon oil field is located 160km west of the Norwegian coast and is one of the international energy company’s largest development projects. The site contains recoverable reserves of 26 billion cu. m of gas and five million cu…

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