If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link then a refinery is only as reliable as its least reliable pump.
Coupled with a tight regulatory regime and a necessary focus on staff safety makes a refinery the perfect case study for Internet of Things technology.
It also offers a truly tough environment and a real need for robust equipment.
But the refinery also contains areas of explosive gas which mean normal electronic equipment cannot be used safely making the project even more challenging.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba has been working with Texas-based Texmark Chemicals to create the refinery of the future.
A failure of a key pump can take out the entire production process leaving valuable plant, resources and people doing nothing.