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    Here's How Software Keeps a Refinery Running

    Flint Hills Resources is using our Process Reliability Advisor service for round-the-clock monitoring

    The oil and gas industry is unpredictable, so plant operators have contingency plans for any scenario.

    With this in mind, Flint Hills Resources, a refining, chemicals, polymers and biofuels company in Wichita, Kansas, is using the Process Reliability Advisor service of Honeywell Connected Plant for round-the-clock monitoring of its CCR Platforming' unit, which produces transportation fuels. It can provide early detection and mitigation of performance issues before they become costly and that's a big deal for a company with a combined crude oil processing capacity of more than 60,000 barrels per day.

    The cloud-based service draws on UOP's extensive process knowledge to enable customers to close performance gaps by using big data analytics and machine learning. Real-time operating data is run through a variety of scenario models such as cause-and-effect relationship to give operators a glimpse of the future.

    "Process Reliability Advisor is unique because it applies [our] deep troubleshooting experience and proprietary models to recommend corrective operational adjustments far sooner than has ever been possible before," said Zak Alzein, vice president for Honeywell UOP's Connected Performance Services business. "As a result, it can help plants run at the top of their capability."