As technology progresses, more and more industries are embracing it at all levels. Many, including the oil and gas industry, are interested in the methods of automating some of their normal activities. For example, by implementing automation in some of the dangerous tasks, as well as those that have high costs and a greater risk of error, it becomes possible to make the business more efficient. Companies that are able to truly embrace this idea of automation will find that it has the potential to improve their profits, which is always important.
More Efficiency and Better Results
By implementing even small improvements through better technology, equipment, and automation, it becomes possible to see some significant advantages in production efficiency. Through digitization and automation for many of the common tasks in the field, it becomes possible to lower the overall costs of operation. As mentioned, it also reduces the risk of error.
It is possible to digitize even complex operations, and doing this in hostile environments such as deepwater rigs and in the Arctic, is a huge benefit. It’s possible to automate and semi-automate certain processes, taking some of the pressure and the danger off of the crew that would normally complete the task. It also becomes possible to monitor the system remotely to help keep workers and the environment safer. There is a lower chance of error, and the addition of predictive shutdown systems can make the entire operation safer.
Another one of the reasons that many oil and gas companies are starting to look into these new technologies is that they worry about the learning gap that will come when many of the current professionals decide to retire. The new crew members will have less experience, and the ability to automate many tasks can simply make their jobs easier.
Proper Implementation Is Essential
While automating is certainly a good idea, it is important that the gas and oil companies take the time to understand the best methods of implementation. Massive changes all at once may not work well for companies. Instead, taking a somewhat slower approach and implementing slower changes to certain areas of the business is generally the best option.
Many companies in the field have already started to implement this type of automation and digitization, and it will only continue to become more important in the future. To stay competitive, companies need to stay on top of the latest technological changes.
About Oil Works Inc.
Oil Works, Inc. is a complete drilling rig equipment manufacturer and service provider based in the Permian Basin for over 20 years. OWI’s product and service offerings include Derricks, Substructures, Drawworks, Mud Systems, Rig Walking Systems, Power Generation, Drill Control Systems, Iron Roughneck Service and Upgrades and complete Rig Solutions built to API and ISO standards. OWI is also proud to offer 24/7 Service and Support.