April 2021, Vol. 248, No. 4


Phillips 66 Opts for Pipeline Control Center Operations Pilot

Phillips 66 has selected Crux OCM, a system of robotic industrial process automation (RIPA), for an oil and gas operations pilot program. The program will incorporate the company’s pipeBOT, which requires fewer manual commands for control room operations.  

The equipment is designed to target flow rates faster through intelligent automation, which curbs control room operator fatigue and enables control room operators to perform more essential, higher-level functions, while ensuring safety and performance.   

These improvements may reach target flow rates up to 40% faster, improve equipment reliability and reduce pressure cycle fatigue.  

“Pipeline operations have long relied on PLCs and SCADA for operations,” said Vicki Knott, CEO of Crux OCM. “We’ve reimagined what PLCs and SCADA are capable of, bundling functionalities of multiple controllers and ML to create fully automated procedures, checklists and rules of thumb for control room operators to leverage within our RIPA™ platform.”  

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