The changing face of Australia’s Heavy Industry

With an increased focus on efficiencies and the bottom line, those working in Australia’s mining and oil and gas industries are looking for ways to improve productivity and production management.

In recent years, a trend to improve productivity has been the automatic capture of information relating to the root cause of issues – for example downtime events including cause, frequency, duration and operating shift. The automatic capture frees operators from paper work and removes inaccuracies and inconsistencies.

Using this type of real-time information, plant operators can better plan, manage and optimise their facilities. In addition to this, plant operators who understand the trends and themes facing the market will also find it easier to navigate the decision making process related to energy demand, supply and sustainability.

Facing the challenges of today

One of the most crucial elements for productivity and profit in heavy industries is a reliable power supply. With this in mind, many operators are looking at new technologies that not only safeguard and protect power supplies, but maximise efficiency. This begins in the design phase of a new project and focuses on the balance of the installed load across the entire site.

Linking production to energy management is the key to creating the optimised plant of the future. But if you can’t measure and control these elements in real time your best case scenario is history. Traditionally Industry has implemented distribution, control and measurement elements, (including switchgear, drives and periphery distribution equipment) from multiple suppliers making integration in many cases, impossible.

Therefore the need to reduce time, costs and increase efficiency has meant that there is a growing trend towards delivering an integrated and installed electrical and automation system, known as an integrated eHouse solution.

Integrated solutions

Starting with an eHouse option, (transportable site substation) and integrating major power and control equipment into prefabricated electrical buildings makes design, installation and maintenance seamless across the life of an industrial site and provides an environment in which all aspects of control are contained in a single area. These powerhouses then provide managed energy for industrial installations.

In the design phase several challenges exist in bringing together the vision of each engineering discipline (Power, Automation and Mechanical Controls) however the additional effort in this phase creates benefits that impact the entire life of plant and should not be underestimated. Harnessing the knowledge base of multiple vendors, integrators and builders creates an ever expanding risk that the outcomes will not be as planned. Unique turnkey solutions have emerged over the past five years and have changed the landscape for good.

By providing a simple face of design and execution, which combines a pre-tested solution, engineering capability, local standard knowledge and project management, the eHouse offers genuine cost and time saving benefits.

An eHouse solution can be prefabricated to order, fully equipped at the factory and delivered to a work site ready to ‘plug and play’.

An eHouse solution can also be made to order to meet the variable demands of the development and environmental conditions of the location. This means, many of the environmental impacts have already been considered before work commences, and only minor work is required on delivery.

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy efficiency and automation, has identified five trends that are disrupting the global energy landscape. Click here to read more about them visit.

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