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    Smart Refining and Petrochemical

    An informed workforce is an empowered workforce. Digital Solutions enable your workforce to make better business decisions with simple and easy-to-understand tools that drive operational profitability improvements, safely and sustainably.

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    New, unmatched engineering and industrial software offer

    Schneider Electric and AVEVA combine to bring you the industry-leading portfolio of engineering and industrial software.

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    Data Management

    O&G and petrochemical producers have complex and intensive data processes. To stay profitable in the face of changing trends, policies and guidelines, you must ensure proper management of these data processes so everyone has the right access to relevant information.

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    Solutions

    Constant monitoring of control loop performance in order to quickly identify and offer suggestions for correcting problems such as loop oscillation, poor tuning, valve stiction, sensor failures, etc., all of which can lead to poor process performance and/or process upsets and/or unplanned shutdowns

    The improvement of data quality, context, timeliness and effective visualization for solution architectures allows our customers to overcome data overload, ensure data consistency, data quality and eliminate geographic barriers with a common data structure.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    > Create distraction free environments while easing operations to prevent operator fatigue
    > Handle complex technical tasks with full information, to maintain the process within safety bands
    > Data filtering from just about any data source: sensors, PLCs, modeling software
    > Assure data quality, integrity and store all historical data
    > Monitor and report all alarm and event conditions

    > Enable all roles and disciplines to share and communicate across locations and geographies
    > Improve efficiency and profitability of operations
    > Understand how your operation performs during different conditions to identify performance improvement initiatives
    > Predict the profitability of changes you propose

    Highlighted Offer: EcoStruxure Profit Advisor

    Our data management solutions create distraction free environments while easing operations to prevent operator fatigue while handling complex technical tasks with full information, to maintain the process within safety bands.

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    The improvement of data quality, context, timeliness and effective visualization for solution architectures allows our customers to overcome data overload, ensure data consistency, data quality and eliminate geographic barriers with a common data structure.

    Process Engineering

    Process engineering frequently relies on simulation software to facilitate movement through the plant lifecycle from design to operations to optimization and back to revamping the process as external market conditions change. Schneider Electric simulation software helps any business gain valuable insight into their process so that they can make the decisions necessary to run the business in a timely manner.

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    Solutions

    Process Design: Engineers can use process design tools to continually evaluate and improve processes, which can reduce overall risk and capital costs throughout the plant lifecycle. SimSci’s industrial software includes the process design tools necessary to think through important design concerns such as regulatory compliance, profitability and safety as well as the ability to interface with other applications they commonly use.

    The simulation portfolio provides industrial software that control and field operators can rely on to perform engineering studies, check out their DCS, ESD/SIS in a safe environment to ensure plant operability, and perform startup scenarios without the risk of lost production. Schneider Electric’s simulation software also encompasses operator training simulators which provide a unique, one-of-a-kind training experience for many of the crew across the plant.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    > Improve plant yields through the optimization of existing plant processes
    > Rigorously evaluate process improvements before committing to costly capital projects
    > Cost effectively assess, document and comply with environmental requirements

    > Accelerate process troubleshooting Detect and remedy process bottlenecks
    > Efficient training of plant operators

    Highlighted Offer: Advanced Process Control (SimSci APC)

    Advanced Process Control from AVEVA is comprehensive model predictive control software that improves process profitability by enhancing quality, increasing throughput, and reducing energy usage. It uses modern, state-of-the art technology to provide automatic control systems that reduces the variability in regulatory control loop performance so as to enable operation closer to the specification limits of product streams. It also extends catalyst life by better management of reactor operating conditions for hydroprocessing units and catalytic reformers.

    > Explore our complete SimSci Solution

    > Distillation unit range of benefits 3 – 5 cents per barrel
    > Catalytic cracking unit range of benefits 10 – 12 cents per barrel
    > Alkylation unit range of benefits 10 – 15 cents per barrel
    > Hydroprocessing units range of benefits 1 – 3 cents per barrel
    > Catalytic reformers range of benefits 6 – 8 cents per barrel
    > Coking unit range of benefits 8 – 10 cents per barrel

    Highlighted Offer: Turbomachinery Control

    A plant’s most critical capital investment, turbine upgrades advance both performance and safety. Unplanned downtime, however, can incur significant costs in lost production and repair. Our highly reliable turbomachinery controls (TMCs) protect turbine assets and enhance productivity, safety and life cycle operations.

    > Explore our complete SimSci Solution

    > In Catalytic Conversion, enables control of the main air blower and wet gas compressor to achieve safe and stable optimized performance of these expensive pieces of rotating equipment
    > In Hydroprocessing process, enables control of the recycle gas compressor to achieve safe and stable optimized performance of this expensive piece of rotating equipment
    > Range of benefits = 0.5% - 1.0% reduction in refinery downtime due to avoidance of problems with rotating equipment; 5% - 10% reduction in energy consumption of rotating equipment

    Highlighted Offer: SimSci Process Modeling & Optimization

    SimSci provides applications that help improve chemical process design, asset performance and utilization with integrated simulation, optimization, training, and process control software and services that are extensively used in for process design, operational analysis and control in the petroleum refining, petrochemical, natural gas, and polymer industries.

    > Explore our complete SimSci Solution

    > A unified lifecycle simulation platform of digitizing, strategizing and simulating plant operation
    > Enables plant personnel to identify true performance-improving initiatives
    > Indicates current performance and informs workforce operators when their operating decisions are making the business more profitable
    > Helps workforce to concentrate and focus on actions that provide the greatest financial returns
    > Predicts the profitability of the changes process engineers are proposing, which will substantially minimize project risk and help to eliminate waste

    Highlighted Offer: DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation

    DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation is a comprehensive, dynamic process simulator that enables users to meet and beat the dynamic challenges of designing and operating a modern process plant safely and profitably. By assisting in process design, controls checkout, and control system design, DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation enables process yield improvement and reduction of capital investment costs. The DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation operator training simulator provides safer operation while improving performance and productivity.

    > Explore our complete SimSci Solution

    > Range of benefits from 1 – 2 cents/barrel and 0.5% - 1.0% increase in capacity utilization
    > Improve the ability of operators to quickly and correctly respond to process problems and upset conditions
    > Avoidance of unplanned shutdowns which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per shutdown or, worse, a catastrophic failure that can cause damage to people, the environment and process equipment

    Production Management

    We apply technologies and expertise to lower waste, reduce or eliminate safety incidents, provide more agile production capabilities, deliver immediate access to accurate data, manage remediation projects, reduce unit costs, energy, and greenhouse gas intensities, and reduce plant emissions–all while raising yields, quality compliance and operational efficiency.

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    Solutions

    From smart instrumentation to off-sites management solutions to consulting services, a wide range of proven technologies are used to automate and optimize operations management systems.

    Increased automation and operational performance reduces the cost of operations, while at the same time improves the safety compliance and business performance.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    > Determine if blended crudes will yield the most profitable operations based on crude oil costs, current operational capabilities, forecast product demand and prices
    > Online rigorous process and equipment models enable calculation of the setpoints to the advanced process controllers which will produce the greatest economic benefit in terms of maximizing the value add or reducing the cost of operation of the crude distillation unit and catalytic cracking unit

    > Diagnose the root causes of process performance degradation and economic impact of performance
    > Streamlined planning, scheduling, and operations workflow
    > Online measurement of blended gasoline and blended diesel properties for use in blend property control and final product quality certification

    Highlighted Offer: Spiral Suite

    Spiral Plan enables refiners to determine if blended crudes will yield the most profitable operations based on crude oil costs, current operational capabilities, forecast product demand and prices.

    Spiral Crude Assay Data Management enables refiners to determine if blended crude can be processed without damaging plant equipment and/or causing performance problems.

    > Explore the full range of Spiral Suite

    Spiral Schedule enables refineries to be operated in ways that do not cause inventory problems, i.e., low inventories or high inventories both of which conditions can force refinery capacity utilization to decrease.

    Range of benefits = Tens of Millions of Dollars/Year ‒ Hundreds of Millions of Dollars/Year (depending on refining capacity and average refinery complexity)

    Highlighted Offer: ROMeo Process Optimization Solution

    Online rigorous process and equipment models enable calculation of the setpoints to the advanced process controllers which will produce the greatest economic benefit in terms of maximizing the value add or reducing the cost of operation of the crude distillation unit and catalytic cracking unit. In addition, kinetic and equipment models enable calculation of the setpoints to the advanced process controllers which will produce the greatest economic benefit in terms of maximizing the value add or reducing the cost of operation of the catalytic cracking unit.

    > Discover ROMeo Process Optimization

    > Range of benefits for alkylation and catalytic cracking units, 8 – 10 cents per barrel
    > Range of benefits for crude distillation unit, 2 – 4 cents per barrel
    > Reduces hydrogen consumption while achieving the desired level of sulfur reduction in the treated fuel streams with range of benefits = 1 – 3 cents per barrel
    > Catalytic reformer Range of benefits = 3 – 5 cents per barrel

    Highlighted Offer: Automated Rigorous Performance Monitoring

    ARPM™ is the performance monitoring module of SimSci industry-leading ROMeo Online Performance Suite of offerings. Online rigorous process and equipment models can be used to reduce energy consumption in the crude furnace by determining which feed-product heat exchangers are having the greatest impact on reducing the heat input to the crude feed due to their fouling. Using real-time plant data and rigorous simulation models, ARPM can extract validated process and equipment performance information.

    > Find out more about ARPM

    > Diagnose the root causes of process performance degradation and economic impact of performance
    > Determine the degradation
    > Anticipate the need for performing maintenance
    > Monitor the current performance of equipment relative to design
    > Identify faulty instrumentation to quickly resolve process problems
    > Exploit intelligent soft sensor capabilities to calculate unmeasured process parameters
    > Track actual performance against plan and understand deviations

    Highlighted Offer: Refinery Off-sites

    From smart instrumentation to off-sites management solutions to consulting services, a wide range of proven technologies are used to automate and optimize tank farm and terminal operations management systems. Increased automation and operational performance reduces the cost of tank farm and terminal operations, while at the same time improves the safety compliance and business performance. This can improve operating profits of refinery off-sites and terminal facilities by $0.05 to $0.30 per barrel.

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    > Streamlined planning, scheduling, and operations workflow
    > Reduced incidents (contamination, slops, spills)
    > Improved operational efficiency and logistical flexibility
    > Better inventory/yield accounting and stock loss control
    > Automated and precise tank emissions monitoring and reporting
    > Minimized giveaway, re-blends, inventory, and demurrage
    > Online certification waivers
    > Reduced plan vs. actual gaps

    Energy Management

    The main performance objective of oil and gas operations is to be safe and reliable. Providing uninterrupted electrical energy management and control is both critical and essential for a maximum return on investment. Future growth hinges on the appropriate response to present conditions while strategically developing longer-term plans. The oil and gas industry is challenged to reliably and economically deliver transportation fuels in the present day while working strategically to provide “cleaner” energy products in the future.

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    Solutions

    Schneider Electric solutions integrate tightly with an your operations to deliver measurable performance improvements and address your energy strategy. These solutions include real-time business intelligence, asset performance management and production optimization.

    Schneider Electric can also design and implement holistic solutions that establish an energy culture to maximize and accelerate energy performance for increased savings of up to 15%.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    > Increase personnel and asset safety with built-in safety features
    > Streamline decision-making with comprehensive data availability
    > Boost availability through redundancy and cyber-security features
    > Reduce costs via minimized downtime and optimized energy

    > Seamless integration of whole electrical distribution system and process control system
    > Scalable and interoperable solution
    > Maximized energy availability with intelligent fast load shedding and restoration schemes

    Highlighted Offer: Automated Rigorous Performance Monitoring

    ARPM™ is the performance monitoring module of SimSci industry-leading ROMeo Online Performance Suite of offerings. Online rigorous process and equipment models can be used to reduce energy consumption in the crude furnace by determining which feed-product heat exchangers are having the greatest impact on reducing the heat input to the crude feed due to their fouling. Using real-time plant data and rigorous simulation models, ARPM can extract validated process and equipment performance information.

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    > Diagnose the root causes of process performance degradation and economic impact of performance
    > Determine the degradation
    > Anticipate the need for performing maintenance
    > Monitor the current performance of equipment relative to design
    > Identify faulty instrumentation to quickly resolve process problems
    > Exploit intelligent soft sensor capabilities to calculate unmeasured process parameters
    > Track actual performance against plan and understand deviations

    Highlighted Offer: EcoStruxure Resource Advisor

    Schneider Electric's enterprise-level, cloud-based sustainability and energy management application gives you instant and secure access to energy and environmental information for your enterprise.

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    From enterprise metrics to granular site data so you can measure, track, summarize, synthesize, and share resource supply, consumption, and performance data across your enterprise. You then can make informed decisions based on validated, tested data. All from a single, secure site.

    Fixed Assets Management

    The market is shifting to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance opportunities empower front-line personnel to act before costly failures or downtime occur. Comprehensive asset performance management solutions offered by Schneider Electric enable industrial organizations to get one step closer to asset performance excellence.

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    Comprehensive asset performance management solutions offered by Schneider Electric for all process plant turbomachinery and fixed assets enable industrial organizations to get one step closer to asset performance excellence.

    Different types of process equipment need different types of analytics techniques for asset health monitoring while the complexity of chemical process equipment, turbo machinery, pumps, electrical motors and apparatus need to be considered as dangerous conditions could quickly evolve undetected and unplanned outages can be extremely costly.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    > Automated Eyeballs” for all the assets in the plant
    > System diagnostics and planning ensure maintenance planning with the right spares ordered in the right time

    > Improved reliability and avoided costly emergencies.
    > Comprehensive data about equipment operational history is available for review

    Highlighted Offer: Avantis PRiSM Predictive Asset Analytics

    Predictive asset analytics helps organizations gain the highest return on critical assets by supporting predictive maintenance (PdM) programs. Avantis® PRiSM is a predictive asset analytics solution that provides early detection of potential health and/or performance problems in both rotating equipment and fixed assets (e.g., heat exchangers) days, weeks or months before failure.

    > Explore our complete Avantis Solutions

    > Application uses historical operating data to calculate normal operating “signatures” of asset behavior then uses real-time data to compare actual vs. expected operating signatures to determine if actual behavior is deviating from expected behavior
    > Range of benefits from hundreds of thousands of dollars/year to millions of dollars/year (depending on the capacity of the unit and size of the rotating equipment)

    Highlighted Offer: EcoStruxure Asset Advisor

    EcoStruxure Asset Advisor transforms data from your electrical distribution system into actionable insights and helps manage & maintain equipment health through its cloud-enabled predictive analytics & expertise. You know exactly which assets need to be serviced or replaced so that you proactively plan your expenditures.

    > Discover EcoStruxure Asset Advisor

    > Discover the best configuration that fits your criticality needs and connect your smart equipment to Asset Advisor cloud based platform
    > Data is extracted and stored securely through state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions, to enable timely computation of our asset-specific algorithms and rules
    > Service Advisors monitor your assets and enrich data analysis, for you to be able to anticipate issues better and identify optimization areas in your maintenance plans
    > You get actionable insight, with Schneider Electric remote Support so that you may schedule its execution on site with our local support.

    Highlighted Offer: DYNSIM Operator Training Simulator

    DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation is a comprehensive, dynamic process simulator that enables users to meet and beat the dynamic challenges of designing and operating a modern process plant safely and profitably. By assisting in process design, controls checkout, and control system design, DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation enables process yield improvement and reduction of capital investment costs. The DYNSIM Dynamic Simulation operator training simulator provides safer operation while improving performance and productivity.

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    > Improve the ability of operators to quickly and correctly respond to process problems and upset conditions
    > Benefit = avoidance of unplanned shutdowns which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per shutdown or, worse, a catastrophic failure that can cause damage to people, the environment and process equipment
    > Range of benefits = 1 – 2 Cents/Barrel and 0.5% - 1.0% increase in capacity utilization

    Highlighted Offer: EcoStruxure™ Augmented Operator Advisor

    Our data management solutions create distraction free environments while easing operations to prevent operator fatigue while handling complex technical tasks with full information, to maintain the process within safety bands.

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    The improvement of data quality, context, timeliness and effective visualization for solution architectures allows our customers to overcome data overload, ensure data consistency, data quality and eliminate geographic barriers with a common data structure.

    Operator Training

    By automating lines of business with technologies and tools like 3D simulation that support cloud computing and mobile apps, training becomes easier and more engaging for millennials seeking new, exciting career opportunities.

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    Operator Training Simulators (OTS) are utilized as advanced training tools that provide young operators the skills they need to run a process or plant. Today’s operators run mission critical processes across multi-billion dollar businesses where missteps can be very costly in terms of safety, availability, and profitability. Process Design: Engineers can use process design tools to continually evaluate and improve processes, which can reduce overall risk and capital costs throughout the plant lifecycle. SimSci’s industrial software includes the process design tools necessary to think through important design concerns such as regulatory compliance, profitability and safety as well as the ability to interface with other applications they commonly use.

    Operators learn how to manage a refinery in a safe virtual control room that simulates plant responses to different scenarios. This greatly improves operator productivity. Trainees, for example, learn how to react appropriately when a similar situation occurs in the actual plant.

    Benefits and Differentiation

    Operator training simulators provide increased situational awareness of asset health allowing the maximization of asset utilization for the enterprise and reducing maintenance costs while AR/VR immersive training is a 3-dimensional engineering tool that uses Virtual Reality (VR) to connect control room operators, maintenance, and field personnel in a single realistic learning environment.

    > Supports knowledge capture and transfer of best practices > Increases operator and field personnel efficiency
    > Reduce Startup and Commissioning Times
    > Reduces costly avoidable mistakes
    > Helps prevent unnecessary maintenance and repairs

    Highglighted Offer: Aveva Engage

    Instantly Visualise Your Digital Asset Through a Uniquely Simple Touch-driven Interface. AVEVA Engage combines breathtaking Ultra-High Definition (UHD) whole model visualization with instant, touch-controlled access to contextually filtered information, to set a new benchmark for collaborative engineering decision support.

    > Discover Aveva Engage

    > Combines easy access and understanding with the power of validated information, to support multi-discipline decision making throughout the project or asset life cycle.
    > Extends the benefits of 3D visualization and Information Management to decision makers at all levels, in all disciplines.
    > Reduces errors and delays by increasing the understanding of complex assets.
    > Delivers immediate value, through rapid deployment and minimal user training.