Energy Efficient Systems Making Life Easier For Chemical Manufacturers

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Rather than making life hard for businesses, environmental regulations imposed upon chemical and petrochemical manufacturers are said to be giving the automation and software solutions market in Southeast Asia (SEA), Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) impetus.
As Manufacturers' Monthly reports, both plants and the economy in these regions appear to be benefiting from legislation related to reduced carbon footprint, with more resourceful control systems now being implemented across the board.
This drive towards energy efficiency is backed up by a growing focus on safety, which, in turn, is taking the SEA and ANZ automation and smart software solutions market in chemical and petrochemical plants to new heights. Energy management software solutions are most commonly fitted by industrial automation specialist system integrators, who have an overall knowledge of the specific needs, demands and ways.
The market boasted revenues of US$195 million in 2012, with forecasts suggesting it could reach US$270.4 million in 2019.
Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control research analyst, Vineeth Purushotham, suggests that the more forward-thinking, energy efficiency systems that many plants have adopted is taking the strain off production.
He explained: "With most chemical and petrochemical plants running continuously throughout the year with no allowance for downtime, there is a need for highly redundant systems.
"As a result, automation solutions such as distributed control systems are becoming popular owing to their redundancy and higher availability."
A lack of skilled workers who are able to install and maintain more sophisticated systems in the chemical and petrochemical industry is still holding the sector back a touch. But multinational automation vendors are looking put right this shortage by leveraging their talent pool from across the globe – which they hope will mean an even greater number of plants are operating in a more energy efficient way by the time 2019 comes.
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