Historically, process data and asset data have remained in separate worlds. Technological advancements in wireless connectivity, sensors, cloud computing and AI are paving the way for integration of process control data and asset condition data. For industries, this translates to operational performance excellence. Barrick Gold Corporation has recently embarked on its digital transformation journey and in partnership with OSIsoft and Petasense, they recently integrated Petasense asset condition monitoring system with the OSIsoft PI system, at their Cortez plant in Elko, NV, USA. The primary goal is to optimize predictive maintenance outcomes. The integration of the two systems has equipped Reliability Engineers with a single interface to view process parameters alongside vibration data. It enables better planning, improved insights, powerful analytics and the ability to create predictive models. Initial results are promising - improved asset reliability, and reduced maintenance costs.
Tara Rana is an Advanced Process Control Engineer, currently employed with Barrick Gold in Toronto, ON, Canada. He works with the PI system very closely and manages digital transformation projects applicable to processing plants. He enjoys implementing smart sensors in the plant that will enable end-users to achieve operational performance excellence through powerful analytics.
Abhinav Khushraj loves technology and his passion is to build new "things". He is excited about disrupting traditional industries using modern technologies such as wireless and cloud computing. Currently, he is working on an Internet of Things startup that is going to disrupt the industrial world. The goal is to change the way industries monitor their machines and run their processes.