Within the oil and gas industry, efficiency is always important. Along with saving money on operating costs, efficiency also plays a very important role in keeping workers as safe as possible. As technology has become more advanced in recent years, process monitoring has come to be relied upon by more and more companies. Considered very accurate and reliable, these systems can offer a variety of advantages for oil and gas companies.
Wireless Monitoring Technology
As many companies now employ wireless data networks, one of the biggest advances has been the creation of wireless process monitoring. By using these systems, large amounts of data can be gathered and analyzed very quickly, especially regarding a company’s equipment. By having this capability, engineers and technicians can then perform troubleshooting on equipment when problems first arise.
In doing so, repairs can be made before equipment breaks down, which often leads to production shutdowns and increased costs associated with new equipment purchases. And along with this, wireless monitoring can be useful in helping to protect computer systems against malware or other cyber attacks.
Machine Setup and Adjustment
Another advantage process monitors bring to the oil and gas industry is their ability to be used in the machine setup and adjustment process. Since time is money to companies when it comes to production schedules and deadlines, being able to set up and adjust machinery as fast and accurately as possible is crucial. By using this advanced technology, companies can quickly establish parameters for machine operators, leading to greater overall efficiency.
Portable Monitoring Capabilities
In many oil and gas industry facilities, there are numerous confined spaces and other areas that can be difficult to monitor for gas buildups, equipment malfunctions, and other problems. To solve this dilemma, many companies now choose to invest in portable process monitors that can be used by maintenance technicians, engineers, safety personnel, and others who may spend much of their time working in confined space areas. By having these monitors, which are small enough to clip to belts or clothing, workers can perform equipment installations, repairs, and other tasks while still having real-time monitoring capabilities.
Analysis of Critical Operations
For any company in the oil and gas industry to be successful, it must be able to constantly analyze various areas of critical operations. Whether this involves certain areas of a pipeline or manufacturing facility where problems regularly occur, or determining how certain risk management procedures can be improved, a process monitor can be important in helping managers and engineers make these and other decisions.
And as an added benefit, companies can also use the data gathered from this specialized monitoring technology to reduce post-production costs, resulting in even more savings.
With even more advances expected in this technology in the coming years, many oil and gas companies can greatly benefit in making the investment now in these monitors. To learn more about the various features and benefits of this technology, contact an Applications Engineer at GDS by calling 409-927-2980 or visiting www.gdscorp.com.