In today’s fast-changing manufacturing world, adopting digital transformation has become a vital strategy for companies striving to stay competitive. Beyond the buzz of technology and data-driven solutions, a crucial yet often overlooked aspect is the significant role that cultural change plays. Prabhu Ramachandran, a visionary leader and member of Kaneka’s Digital Transformation (DX) team, is at the forefront of driving this essential shift in the IIoT production and manufacturing space.
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Reduce Unplanned Downtime with Chemicals Asset Case Studies
Dryer blowers are essential in the chemical industry for efficiently removing moisture from various products. Induced draft and forced draft fans supply a continuous flow of heated air, with challenges differing based on the product or batch. Common issues include blade corrosion and imbalance due to material buildup, which can result in early bearing or asset failure.
- $5,000/hour Downtime Cost
- 4-8 hours Downtime
- Asset Cost $50,000
Compresores de tornillo
Screw compressors transport compressed gases for functions like air supply or gas storage. When they fail, operations stop due to the loss of high-pressure fluid. To minimize downtime and losses, it’s crucial to optimize machine health by managing running speeds. Common causes of downtime include bearing failure, shaft misalignment, and lubrication issues.
- Compressor Rebuild: $80,000 4-6 weeks downtime
- Compressor Replacement: $240,000 15-17 weeks downtime
Air compressors within a plant can lead to substantial energy waste and costly downtime when they fail unexpectedly. Air leaks within the system force the compressor to operate under heightened demand to maintain system pressure. This heightened demand not only results in higher energy consumption but also causes increased wear and tear on compressor components.
- $60,000 Per year/ compressor
Spent Acid Blowers
Blowers play a vital role in the Acid Regeneration process. Ensuring the proper maintenance of assets like Turbo Blowers is essential but can be challenging. Blower downtime can bring product production to a complete standstill, with failure modes varying depending on the process configuration.
- Unplanned downtime can cost up to $100,000/day
- Repairing & replacing parts can take multiple days
Torres de refrigeración
Cooling towers pose challenges for accessibility and monitoring, causing many maintenance professionals to overlook critical signs of impending failure. Such failures can disrupt various production processes downstream.
- 1.000 $/hora de tiempo de inactividad
- 50.000 dólares en costes de equipo por avería
- Ahorro de más de 100.000 dólares por fallo evitado
Agitator processes, whether with a vertically mounted agitator or a side-mounted agitator coupled to a 90-degree gearbox, are typically sporadic. Backlash in the gearbox can stress mounting brackets and couplings. Without continuous monitoring, reliability programs can miss critical insights into machine health, potentially leading to costly equipment failures and downtime.
- Potential Equipment Rebuild or Replacement Costs: Up to $150,000
- Labor: 2 Riggers and 2 Machine Repairmen, 6-8 hours, totaling over 32 individual man-hours
- Potential Product Loss: Depending on redundancies and product, up to $10,000 – $15,000 per hour
Canned pumps are essential in the Petrochemical industry for transferring hazardous liquids. Their enclosed bearings eliminate the need for regular lubrication, emphasizing the need for uninterrupted flow. Monthly inspections are insufficient, making continuous monitoring vital, given the short time to failure of around 48 hours when journal bearings wear down.
- Capital Expenditure (parts): $90,000 on average
- Labor: $10,000 16-24 Hours Downtime
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Optimice la salud de su máquina
Reduce unplanned downtime by getting to the root cause of machine failures. Learn how KCF’s machine health optimization platform will help you achieve peak plant performance. Download the KCF Guide to learn more about optimizing your machine health.
How Our Chemicals Machine Health Optimization Platform Works
Manufacturers and producers in the energy sector have to keep a watchful eye on O&M costs, and every machine failure can cause that number to creep up. Traditional route- or time-based monitoring doesn’t capture smaller data anomalies that can alert your team to failure before it’s too late.
Our comprehensive machine health platform, wirelessly and continuously transmits machine health data to a central database from individual monitoring points on your assets. Its advanced analytics capabilities get to the root cause of machine health issues, and its human-in-the-loop architecture ensures compliance and correct action.
“If data and insights are to create any value, they must influence people and systems’ behaviors. That’s why culture transformation is part of the key.”PRABHU RAMACHANDRAN
Digital Transformation Project Manager
KCF Technologies Gives Chemicals Producers a Competitive Edge
Achieve your short and long-term performance goals with our team of engineers experienced in chemicals production asset health monitoring, root cause analysis, and problem-solving.
Le ayudaremos a mitigar los tiempos de inactividad imprevistos, a reducir el gasto en mantenimiento y equipos y a aumentar la productividad.