The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting operations in all industries. However, industries highly reliant upon on-premises staff to ensure safe and reliable operations, such as refining, chemical, power generation, pulp and paper, and mining are particularly affected.
These are some of the very industries PAS has been supporting for more than 25 years and our solutions are well suited to enabling the transition to remote operations that is now accelerating. In the power and heavy processing industries, many staff must now work remotely. Social distancing is now mandatory in control rooms with new work procedures; for example, the “big morning meeting” is now virtual. We are seeing a huge expansion in web-based meetings, as operators and engineers must ensure continuous communication for safe, reliable operations while physical access to industrial facilities is constrained.
COVID-19 is accelerating the move to remote operations
Remote monitoring of production processes has grown significantly over the past decade. For example, most major companies in the oil and gas industry already limit the number of workers in remote sites with potential safety hazards.
However, with the spread of COVID-19, the implementation of remote operations capabilities, is accelerating. The ability to ensure safe, reliable operations in industrial facilities with minimal on-site staff has never been more important.
PAS solutions support remote operations
Industrial organizations are using PAS solutions such as PlantState Integrity, Automation Integrity, and Cyber Integrity to:
- Monitor plant performance and reliability
- Improve operational efficiency and safety
- Enhance collaboration between traditional operations staff and multi-disciplined experts
- Ensure operational continuity even when access to industrial facilities is restricted
For more information about how PAS solutions enable safe, continuous remote operations at some of the world’s leading industrial organizations, see the use cases in the Enabling Remote Operations solution brief.