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Test & measurement


Ultimately, the outcome of these technology platforms is greater efficiency, which feeds through to more profitability and enhanced shareholder value.


BETTER VISIBILITY OF ASSET HEALTH


A specialist technology partner with access to the appropriate RTU platforms can provide ‘live’ insights into the health of assets, regardless of location. Your technology partner should be able to help you specify the appropriate device to operate effectively within the most demanding site conditions, too. For example, specifying an RTU with multiple, independent communications links, redundant power supplies and redundant process controllers provides another buffer to site conditions and future technological developments. Their resilient nature and layers of redundancy ensure that RTU’s are a reliable part of an effective and ongoing management information system. The RTU monitors day-to-day critical asset information such as fuel and coolant level, hours of run time, oil temperature, faults and load levels, and more. They monitor the external environment too, for example the local temperature. This can be particularly useful in harsh environments as it allows engineers to take pre-emptive actions to prevent LNG assets overheating or freezing. The alternative is to send an engineer for routine inspection which, in a remote location, can be hazardous and time consuming.


and understanding they offer enable you to achieve your business goals. Here are five ways in which the right technology partner can help:


MONITOR PROCESSES BETTER


Historically, data from machines was measured manually – a time consuming process – or simply not done at all. That meant management teams had little visibility of how the process was performing or how to make improvements. However, thanks to advances in RTU technology these processes can now be automated, so that at- a-glance data provides valuable insights. At the same time, the right technology partner will open up the possibility of teaching your employees how to understand and interpret this data, increasing the skillset within the business and creating a highly effective workforce. When employees feel empowered in being able to operate and understand new technology platforms it improves the culture of the whole business and contributes to the depth and skillset of your team.


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RAPID RESPONSE TO CHANGING EVENTS


All businesses operate at a fast pace in a quickly changing environment and it is those that are most reactive to these changing conditions that increase their market share. Communication is vital for this and it is the development of the internet, laptops and smart devices that have facilitated radical improvements in communication. The cloud, too, has opened up significant opportunities. The RTU, and a partner that understand these opportunities, is what brings all these together, allowing businesses to implement an integrated approach to communication even if they are in geographically dispersed locations. We predict that as processing speeds


continue to improve, it will allow more automation to be introduced into industrial processes. Having this built into your RTU platform will allow you to keep up with developing technology and that is why it’s always worth checking that your technology partner can provide these kinds of insights and understanding. These improvements are already


facilitating the development of blockchain technology, which is redefining the concept of digital twins. This process of transferring data onto the Internet will provide even greater transparency of assets, connecting the physical with the digital world. Ovarro’s customers are beginning to utilise blockchain technology to create a digital store of physical objects, and the RTU is the essential link between these two.


ADDS VALUE TO THE CUSTOMER PROPOSITION


The evolution of RTU technology within the industrial space can shape how your customers interact with your products and brands. The most successful companies make full use of the data available to understand their customers’ behaviour, significantly increasing their bottom lines.


FUTURE-PROOFS A BUSINESS


RTU’s have been used for decades for digitising industrial processes as the data acquisition portion of a SCADA system. While this has improved visualisations for operators, many integration partners have kept their customers up to date with latest advances in analytics and in decision- support solutions that apply, for example, Artificial Intelligence (AI). With its ability to deliver transformative operational improvement and dynamic adaptability, artificial intelligence can outperform conventional decision-support technologies. Your RTU partner should be able to work with you to develop cost-effective solutions that are more adaptive to constantly changing conditions. The real benefit of AI is that it can automate complex tasks and provide consistent and precise optimum set points as part of an automated process.


THE ANSWER? Manufacturers in the industrial sector that are unable to capture, interpret, and act upon asset-generated data will soon lose out to competitors. Advances in RTU’s and the value of choosing the right systems integrator means that industrial processes are already routinely capturing and storing vast amounts of data. With expert guidance from these specialists, businesses can turn this data into a competitive advantage. Manufacturers’ business models are changing as they shift to production of higher-value products or look to provide more services as part of their core offerings. RTU specialists are critical to this movement, delivering more efficient processes and responding quickly to changing conditions.


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