One of ABB’s core areas of operation is automated control systems, and here it is at the forefront of one of the most important trends in modern industry. The growth of advanced automation allows firms to operate equipment in the best possible way and maintaining it when it needs to be maintained, rather than following a fixed schedule.
In the offshore oil and gas industry, there are a number of factors that increase the importance of automation. One is the cost of production: work has just begun on fields inside the Arctic Circle, and companies are talking about developing reservoirs 4 km below the sea. A big element of that cost is the need to maintain on-site staff, and this is another area where automation is changing the game, because increasingly, engineers can see real time analytics of platform activity wherever they are in the world. And ABB’s technology can make this happen.