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Jacklin Altman18 Sep, 2019

PI World by the numbers

Couldn't make it to Gothenburg for PI World, the world's premier bacchanalia for real-time data? Here are some of the numerical highlights:
  • 85%. The percentage of respondents in an OSIsoft poll (and a similar one by MIT) who said it would be very important to take advantage of AI, according to Bry Dillon, Vice President of Cloud, Channels and Community at OSIsoft during a keynote at PI World Gothenburg.
  • 8% The percentage who said they had a handle on AI in the same poll.
  • 80%. The market share of the world's razor blade steel produced by Sandvik, which specializes in industrial tools and materials, says Claes Nord, senior visitor experience specialist. 


  • 2.5 million. The number of holes needed to be drilled to make an Airbus a380, Nord added. “We don't sell the drills. We sell the holes,” he added.
  • 1000. The number of kilos of coffee Sandvik goes through a month at its offices.
  • 45,000. The number of ProcessBook screens used by Shell in its operations, says Ali Hamza, Global WRFM Performance Lead (and not the singer of the same name). Shell also has roughly 15,000 daily PI System users.
  • 25. The number of years ago PI ProcessBook was released. PI Vision 2019, previewed at PI World, contains a function for converting ProcessBook screens to PI Vision. 
  • 1:75. The data storage ratio between the PI System and a data lake, says Accenture's Simon Coombs. Put another way, you can store 75x as much data in the same number of GBs in the PI System. Why? Strategic data compression.
  • $20,000-$30,000. The amount of money that automakers on average lose in a minute of unplanned downtime, according to Alex West, Senior Principal Analyst at IHS Markit at the Executive Summit at PI world.


  • 40%. The average machine utilization rate in manufacturing, he adds. 
  • 50%.  The number of IT execs that say they want payback on their IoT projects in one year or less and 25% want it in six months, adds West, a great source of stats.
  • 10%. The decrease in gas flaring at SBM Offshore, according to Erica Cecchi, digital FPSO program coordinator. FPSO stands for floating production storage and offloading: it's a massive ship used in offshore oil industries. SBM manages 14 that produce approximately 900,000 barrels per day and experience a 99% uptime. Gas flaring, she added, is one of SBM's largest concerns.
  • #1. The rank of OSIsoft's PI System among IoT platforms for industrial applications, according to Arnold Vogt, teknowlogy analyst. IoT platforms are complex with many capabilities. No single company has a complete one yet and it's like comparing “apples, cherries and bananas, he said, adding “What I see currently in the marketplace is that OSIsoft has the strongest position.”
  • #1. The rank in coffee sales of MOL in Hungary, says Tibor Komroczki, MOL's digital transformation wizard. Besides being an oil refiner, MOL also has 2,000 gas stations.
  • 2018. Was it the peak year for IoT? Between 2014 and 2018 a number of companies, including insurer Munich RE, entered the IoT market, notes Arnold Vogt. Since then, four other companies have exited. A trend to watch.
  • 1 minute. The time it takes to produce report on facilities energy and efficiency reports on compressed air usage for Toyota Europe, says Chris Torfs, senior manager of plant and environment. It used to take hours.
  • 1 minute. The time it takes coal miner JSW to produce reports, says Jacek Kwasnica. They used to take an hour. PI World 2019 Alex West
  • 80%. The percentage of nuclear plants in the U.S.  that use data diodes from Owl Cyber Defense for security, according to John O'Connell, director of strategic partners at Owl.


  • 1/3. The number of employees at Petro Rabigh that use PI Vision on a daily basis, according to Nidhal Jamal, who heads up instrumentation and control technical support at the Saudi Arabia-based refiner. Petro Rabigh has approximately doubled the number of data tags it uses to 300,000 since moving to an Enterprise Agreement.
  • 400,000. The number of barrels of oil per day Petro Rabigh consumes in producing products. In all, it produces around 15 million tons of refined products and 5 million tons of petrochemical products per year. 


Jacklin AltmanDigital Media ManagerJacklin is the Digital Media Manager and local food critic at OSIsoft. With over 7 years of experience in marketing, software, and social media, she writes about all things tech, marketing, and the PI System.
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