Refining Operations today are dominated by
many disparate technologies and work processes. In a typical refinery, there
are over 20 separate applications from multiple vendors together with
home-grown systems and hundreds of spreadsheets being used to execute and
manage refining operations. As a result, critical data is locked up in
applications and spreadsheets and is not visible to others who need it.
Attempts to integrate these applications together and with supply chain and enterprise
layers have had varying results, often with point-to-point integration with
multiple interfaces. This method of integration is inefficient, very costly to
maintain and doesn’t support new collaborative work processes that refiners
Schneider Electric’s Refining Integrated Operations Management Solution, comprised of a
range of integrated software applications by Wonderware, SimSci, Avantis,
Spiral and Schneider Electric partners, is built upon three “pillars”:
- Business Process Analysis and
Enhancement (“As Is” and “To Be”)
- Portfolio of Proven Integrated
- Integration Reference Architecture
(ISA-95 and SOA-based)
- Assesses existing processes,
analyzes barriers to better performance, encapsulates company know-how and
proposes optimized business processes.
- The Schneider Electric Software portfolio
covers a majority of the operations management footprint.
- Schneider Electric developed a reference
architecture based on SOA and industry standards like ISA-95.
- Schneider Electric has both domain and process
expertise in refining, plus the experience gained from deploying MES
applications across industries.