HPE Discover 2019 | June 18-20 June has been a big month for the CBT team, sponsoring and exhibiting at three major national conferences over the first three weeks of the month. After attending PTC LiveWorx, June 10-13, we headed straight out to Las Vegas for HPE Discover. HPE Discover is more focused on information …
Transforming Texmark Chemicals with IIoT
Changing demand patterns, complex initiatives and exponentially increasing data volumes are just a few of the challenges facing the highly competitive oil and gas industry. In order to overcome these complicated issues and stay ahead of countless industry rivals, Texmark Chemicals (a Texas toll manufacturer) is turning to CB Technologies (CBT) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to leverage advanced Industrial IoT (IIoT) technologies to modernize their business and create a Refinery of the Future, alternately referred to as RotF.
The global business environment in the petrochemical industry is very, very competitive. We’re constantly seeking ways to compete more effectively. And any approach we take must also align with our commitment to ethics, safety, and community.
The Refinery of the Future project set out to develop, test and deploy the latest IIoT technologies to enhance the most important operational functions within Texmark’s process manufacturing environment. In addition to CBT and HPE, this project brings together a robust team of industry-leading partners (the RotF Partner Consortium) who have made an investment in solving real, pressing business problems and proving why IIoT matters. This RotF vision hinges on the emerging promise of IIoT that combines advanced analytics software with sensored devices to generate real-time insights, provide full automation and oversight, and reduce the risk of human error.
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Together, the RotF Partner Consortium is building and integrating five solutions to achieve next-generation innovation, efficiency, and safety:
- Predictive Maintenance & Analytics
- Providing personnel access to real-time assessments on asset performance, enabling proactive maintenance planning
- Video as a Sensor
- Enabling automatic notification of suspect activity on plant property including trespassing, theft and unwelcome/hazardous wildlife
- Worker Safety & Security
- Integrating instruments capable of collecting & processing video, audio, & bio-metric data, to assess the health & operational condition of workers in the field
- Connected Worker
- Striving to bring plant operators/operations into the 21st century with intrinsically safe devices that deliver actionable plant data in real time
- Asset Integrity Management
- Allowing optimized inspection, repair, and workload planning by providing asset maintenance, performance & location/tracking information
As Texmark’s official Systems Integrator and IT Support Contractor, CBT orchestrates technologies on behalf of the Partner Consortium and maintains Texmark’s IT systems as the solution frameworks are deployed and integrated. The full list of Partner Consortium members includes HPE, CBT, Aruba, Deloitte, Intel, PTC, National Instruments, OSIsoft, Flowserve, Allied Reliability, SparkCognition, GuardHat, and RealWear. Under the direction of CBT, these partners contribute to the different solution frameworks, enabling the simultaneous deployment and unification of a wide range of hardware, software, and OT.
CB Technologies has a fantastic team. Everybody there is a great listener. They’re good about gathering intel and learning about our challenges, about our pain points, and what the solution is that we’re driving towards.
This RotF project is no ordinary IIoT deployment – IIoT holds the promise of benefiting Texmark’s production streams in a multitude of ways, but specialized manufacturing like Texmark’s needs more than a one-size-fits-all solution. It requires a dedicated and systematic approach to digital innovation in a previously highly-manual environment. Not to mention our technologies must integrate into Texmark’s existing IT and OT systems while maintaining full plant operation twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are on the leading edge of technology at the Refinery of the Future, which in turn brings the challenge of working in uncharted and untested territory. With that said, our consultative process is the only way to navigate the complicated process of implementing IIoT solutions. More than a few companies claim they can deliver an IIoT project like this, but only CBT, HPE, and the RotF Partner Consortium have the track record to move beyond the proof-of-concept phase and prove it in a live, petrochemical production environment like Texmark Chemicals.
CBT recognizes that, for companies like Texmark, capitalizing on IIoT technologies is uniquely demanding because of their legacy IT and OT systems, and the need to keep the plant operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We worked with HPE and the Partner Consortium, taking a consultative approach to identify Texmark’s key functional and operational challenges and build them an individualized digital transformation roadmap. CBT defined how we could successfully integrate a multitude of partner technologies to realize their vision of next-generation innovation, efficiency, and safety.
For more information CBT’s work at Texmark Chemicals’ Refinery of the Future, please browse the resources below and subscribe to our email list for updates. We look forward to providing further materials as each of the solutions expand and progress.
LiveWorx | June 10-13 June has been a big month for the CBT team, sponsoring and exhibiting at three major national conferences over the first three weeks of the month. The first of those conferences was LiveWorx 2019, hosted by PTC in Boston. As we started out on our travels we had one goal in …
[Podcast] Delivering Next Gen IIoT: Refinery of the Future Episode 2 – Connected Worker Series Description: With a robust team of industry-leading partners like HPE, Aruba and PTC, CB Technologies is helping Texmark Chemicals modernize their business with advanced Industrial IoT (IIoT). This Refinery of the Future podcast series is about the creation of the …
[Podcast] Delivering Next Gen IIoT: Refinery of the Future Episode 1 – Building Toward Digital Transformation Series Description: With a robust team of industry-leading partners like HPE, Aruba and PTC, CB Technologies is helping Texmark Chemicals modernize their business with advanced Industrial IoT (IIoT). This podcast series is about the creation of the Refinery of …
Amid Exciting RotF Project, CBT signs on as Texmark Chemical’s Systems Integration and IT Support Contractor We are proud to announce that Texmark Chemicals, Inc. has chosen CBT as their systems integration (SI) and information technology (IT) support contractor. This decision is the culmination of CBT’s work with Texmark over the past year, as an ecosystem …
Texmark VP Praises CBT’s Role at the Refinery of the Future The Refinery of the Future (RotF) brings together a robust team of industry-leading partners to integrate advanced IIoT technologies into a live chemical production environment at Texmark Chemicals. Together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Aruba, PTC, Deloitte and more, we’re testing and deploying solutions to …