Creating Value Through Digital Transformation

Value creation is at the heart of digital transformation. The objective is to improve operational efficiency by trading CapEx for lower and more predictable OpEx. All the while moving to a future-proof business model that gains scale efficiencies in technical talent with capabilities appealing to the new generation workforce. In addition, seamless IT/OT integration is required to minimize human intervention to foster accelerated, more effective, and precise decision-making.

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Improve Operating Margin

Sources of value in our industry are the Return On Capital Employed (ROCE) and the ability to Maintain Your License to Operate. Digital transformation must increase the operating margin with higher revenues and lower costs for each dollar of capital invested. In tandem, the transformation utilizes advanced technologies to increase safety and decrease carbon footprint. 

Increased Production Efficiency
Future Proofing your Business Model
Technology Solutions
IT/OT Integration
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The biggest value driver is increased production efficiency utilizing near closed loop digital twins to improve operational agility, increase uptime and maximize the profit of every unit of feedstock.  Our integrated Petro-SIM® and Visual MESA® simulation tools drive production schedules that can be operationalized by the ICSS and Procedural Automation. This increases the efficiency of the operations and process engineering teams. In addition, our composition level production accounting tracks your yield and CI Score in near real-time to feed back into the next simulation run. Production efficiency gains can yield up to 15% and sometimes higher. 

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Attracting and retaining talent is among the top challenges for Energy Industry companies. The newer generation has fewer skills and a desire for traditional crafts required for maintenance. The use of robots, drones, and virtual reality aids is needed to close the gap. Locating operating centers in metropolitan cities for remote operations offers a better work/ life balance. Shorter, more efficient commuting decreases your organization's carbon footprint. Surveillance technologies for operations observations and campaign maintenance models minimize field staffing requirements. As a result, fewer staff is required in the field, which reduces the risk of incidents. Overall organizational footprint can be reduced by 30% while pivoting to higher-skilled employees.

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KBC and Yokogawa provide technology solutions that drive digital transformation to achieve a 25% increase in operating margin.

  • Petro-SIM and Visual MESA digital twin support increase production efficiency
  • Operations management for the digital shift team
  • 3D plant and field assistant for asset management
  • Control systems, Advanced Process Control, Modular Procedural Automation for autonomous operations
  • Data visualization for performance monitoring and reporting
  • Robotic platforms for surveillance, inspection, and security
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Harvesting KBC's technology solutions value requires extensive and comprehensive IT/OT integration. The systems must trade, analyze, and interpret data without human intervention to drive efficiency and effectiveness. Understanding the entire technology landscape, the desired business outcomes, and the integration type is a must. A patchwork of IT systems/ solutions requires more effort for this integration.