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  • Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale

    05 May 2021

    ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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  • The age of the ‘interconnected worker’

    05 May 2021

    Many years ago, life was simple, or so it seemed. If something needed to be done, appropriate forms would be filled in and we’d disappear off into some part of the plant and return later when the work was completed or left in a state where we could carry on with it tomorrow. Aside from the odd visit or the radio message, we would be left alone and depending on the work, might not appear back in our normal break area for quite some time....

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  • Digitisation in service and maintenance

    09 February 2021

    Mobile communication devices such as smartphones or tablets are increasingly important for the industry. Not only do they make data available in plants and industrial environments and facilitate communication between the control centre and the workers, they also support mobile workers in their daily tasks, thus ensuring optimised processes and reliable quality management....

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  • An unmanned revolution in the oil and gas, energy and petrochemical industries

    02 February 2021

    The oil and gas industry is highly complex: asset management, environmental compliance and safety must all be addressed and guaranteed. Many organisations have invested heavily in deploying large oil pipeline infrastructure across an expansive geographic network, spanning countries and continents. Such infrastructure must be routinely inspected to ensure structural integrity and to monitor for potential trespassers....

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  • Hybrid RTLS technology for site wide tracking

    01 February 2021

    In this article, John Hartley, CEO of Extronics, talks about the next generation of site wide Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) using hybrid technology for improved worker safety and asset tracking....

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Total deploys connected headsets using Microsoft Teams for remote collaboration 17 November 2020

Energy major Total is using a range of connected headsets that use Microsoft Teams for remote collaboration and troubleshooting at North America’s largest polypropylene site. The devices from RealWear, which are voice-enabled and clipped onto hardhats, have been deployed at Total’s La Porte Polypropylene plant in Texas....

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The safety role of hardware in digital oilfield solutions 17 November 2020

State-of-the-art, bespoke hardware is playing a more important role than ever in helping companies deliver digital oilfield solutions to extract oil and gas more safely, efficiently and cost effectively....

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Data and the new oil industry 17 November 2020

As far back as 2006, mathematician Clive Humby boldly stated that “data is the new oil.” Not everyone agrees with this, but there’s no denying that data is invaluable, or that it plays an increasingly important role in modern industrial applications. Here, George Walker, Managing Director of Novotek UK and Ireland, explains why this ‘new oil’ is integral to ushering in a new era of downstream oil and gas....

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Why a fast response to safety issues in an ATEX environment is essential – and possible with the right tools 17 November 2020

Health and safety in potentially explosive environments can be difficult to ensure, but not impossible if the correct equipment is used. Navigating the health and safety protocols surrounding ATEX or explosive environments can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t currently have the correct tools and policy in place....

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Keeping lone workers safe in hazardous environments 25 September 2020

While organisations are now getting back to business post-lockdown, ongoing social distancing rules and increased health and safety processes mean that for many, it’s not ‘business-as-usual’ yet. And while these new measures are necessary to reduce the risk of Covid-19, they may actually expose some workers to new risks, as it’s likely that the number of lone workers will rise....

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