Sep 17

New YouTube Videos from ARC India Forum

In July ARC held our 12th annual India Forum in Bangalore.  We just posted a series of YouTube videos to our channel.  You can practically view the entire forum through these videos and the team did a very nice job putting them together.  You can also access the agenda and presentations from the forum at our web site here.  Key panelists and presenters included industry luminaries (in no particular order) from ARC, NTPC, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, GE, B&R Automation, Schneider Electric, BHEL, Reliance Power, AVEVA, Ranbaxy, TCS, and many more.

Here’s a few selections, the link to the entire list is at the bottom of the page.

“Importance of Construction Management in Project Execution” by Rainer Lamping, AVEVA

Panel Discussion 2nd Day in the Morning Session- July 11th 2014

Panel Discussion First Day Evening Session- July 10th 2014

“Integrated and Interconnected Enterprise” by Ganapathiraman G, ARC

Asset Lifecycle Management, By Ralph Rio,ARC Advisory Group

Link to ARC India Forum Presentations in PDF Format (plus agenda, etc.)

ARC Forum India YouTube Video Series (Most Recently Uploaded, 27 Videos)

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Sep 17

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation will Merge

It’s been over a year in the making, but it looks like the merger of Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation will go ahead. Members of both FF and HCF have voted to approve the merger.  To be more specific, the two foundations will be reborn in the form of a new organization that will be called the FieldComm Group, with current HART Communication Foundation president Ted Masters serving as president of the new organization.  The new chairman of the board will be Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller of Siemens.  From the press release:

 

The final step in constructing a single organization to lead process automation communications and integration technologies was completed when the members of both the HART® Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation™ approved the merger proposed by their respective boards through a voting process that concluded on August 30. This completes a yearlong study and diligence period by a dedicated team of volunteers representing each of the foundations.

The new corporation, called FieldComm Group, will be led by a board of directors composed of representatives of the collective companies from the current boards of each foundation. Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller has been elected as the inaugural chairman of the board. Mr. Kumpfmueller will lead the direction of the FieldComm Group and oversee the addition of FDI LLC in mid-2015.

 

The formation of the FieldComm group should benefit both end users and suppliers of FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART technologies.  Most suppliers are members of both groups anyway, so there should be reduced costs for membership, and it will provide a single organization for device and host system testing and registration.  The merger of the two organizations is also reflective of continuing cooperative efforts such as Field Device Integration (FDI), which will provide a single tool for integrating intelligent devices that rationalizes EDDL and FDT technologies.  It should be noted that Mr. Kumpfmueller was instrumental in the advancement of FDI as well.

FF HCF

You can read the full article at the Fieldbus Foundation blog here.

Press Release: Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation Members Approve Formation of FieldComm Group

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Sep 11

ExxonMobil Submits Permit for $45 Billion Alaska Project

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Sep 11

Check Out Our Twitter Feed from ABB Energy & Automation Forum Calgary

We are happy to be attending the first ever ABB Energy and Automation Forum in Calgary this week at the Telus convention center.  The event in Calgary is one of many regional events ABB is doing this year and not surprisingly there is a big focus on oil and power and sustainability.  You can read our twitter feed from the event here and we will be compiling a full report on the event after we return.

ABB Energy And Automation Forum Calgary

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Sep 10

ABB Announces Next Level Strategy with Reorganization

ABB recently announced a new overall strategy to accelerate growth in earnings through 2020, which also includes a reorganization and shifting of several leadership positions within the company.

From the press release issued yesterday:

ABB will continue to build on its leading power and automation portfolio, which will be managed in its business units under the leadership of the five divisions. As of January 2015, its regional structure will be streamlined to three regions responsible for customer collaboration, shared services and the related countries. “These moves will improve customer focus as well as productivity, result in clear responsibility and accountability and drive market oriented collaboration,” said Spiesshofer.

In line with its Next Level strategy, the company is aligning its Executive Committee (EC) structure. Peter Terwiesch, currently head of ABB in Central Europe and Germany, has been appointed EC member responsible for the Process Automation division. The three newly created regions will be led by experienced EC members – Frank Duggan (Asia, Middle East and Africa), Greg Scheu (Americas) and Veli-Matti Reinikkala (Europe). All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2015.

David Constable, the CEO of Sasol, has been nominated to the Board of Directors for election at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board in EPC businesses and process industries as well as strong links to Africa, an important growth region for ABB.

You can read the entire press release here.

The addition of Constable to the Board of directors is a step in the right direction and is indicative of the company’s commitment to the oil and gas industry moving forward.

Edit: You can download the presentations from the investor conference here.

ABB Launches Next Level Strategy

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Aug 29

New ARC Study: Terminal Automation Systems for the Oil & Gas Industry

ARC has released a new edition of our Terminal Automation Systems study.

This report provides an in-depth analysis of the terminal automation systems (TAS) business in the oil & gas industry worldwide. It can serve as an effective planning guide for companies interested in providing terminal automation systems to the marketplace. The report provides strategic information to industry executives responsible for developing, marketing, or purchasing terminal automation systems.

While the market continues to be dominated by older niche suppliers, the market is opening to new suppliers with greater value propositions. Regions with little infrastructure are opening up to new suppliers as well, unencumbered by the inertia of an incumbent.

Source: Endress+Hauser

Source: Endress+Hauser

ARC’s analysis of the worldwide TAS market includes market size and segmentation, market forecast, industry structure, and supplier market shares and profiles. In addition to providing our clients with a quantitative assessment of the terminal automation marketplace, this report provides an insightful analysis of the products and strategies of the leading TAS suppliers.

ARC Terminal Automation Systems Study Brochure

 

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Aug 28

Check out the ARC/Control Magazine Podcast Series

ARC has partnered with Control magazine to do a series of regular podcasts on various automation topics.  Here’s the latest three podcasts:

Larry O’Brien and Jim Montague: 25 Years of Fieldbus:  We talk about some of the history behind fieldbus technology and its most recent development.

Harry Forbes and Jim Montague: Recent Developments in Wireless: Learn about the changing landscape of industrial wireless technology

Larry O’Brien and Jim Montague: Developing Economies and their Impact on the Automation Business:  Growth in BRICs countries has fueled overall growth in the automation market for the past decade, but is that about to change?

I also just completed another podcast with Jim on two recent case studies covered in Control that highlight the benefits of Fieldbus and intelligent configurable I/O.

ARC/Control Podcast Series

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Aug 26

ABB to Divest Full Service Business

ABB’s Full Service business, an outsourced maintenance business, will be divested to Nordic Capital.

From the press release:

The ABB Full Service business provides fully outsourced industrial maintenance services. ABB Full Service was developed as an adjacent business to ABB’s life-cycle service business and has become a successful stand-alone business unit. ABB is divesting this business because of limited synergies with ABB’s core portfolio. ABB will continue to supply its standard life-cycle services for the company’s installed base.

This is an interesting development for ABB.  Much of the revenue from the Full Service business comes from industries such as metals and mining and pulp and paper, which have not performed so well over the past couple of years.

ABB to Divest Full Service Business to Nordic Capital

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Aug 26

World Oil: Mega Projects are Game Changers for Costs, Logistics

Projects in the oil and gas industry are getting bigger, more complex, and more costly.  Reporting from the ONS oil and gas exhibition in Stavanger, Norway, World Oil highlights some interesting presentations on the increasingly complex world of mega projects.  The very large Shell Prelude floating gas to liquids project, which is also the largest ship in the world, is highlighted.

ONS ’14: Mega Projects are Game Changers for Costs, Logistics

ONS 2014: Stavanger, Norway

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Aug 26

Yokogawa Financial Results for Q1 2014

Yokogawa recently released its first quarter financial results for 2014.  Highlights include:

  • Overall sales up 2 percent, orders down a little over 5 percent compared to the same period last year
  • Control business sales up almost 3 percent, orders down a little over 6 percent compared to the same period last year
  • Long term outlook remains good primarily due to increased energy investment
  • Forecast growth is three percent growth for overall sales for the fiscal year
  • Highlights for Q1 include some large new project and a new release of the CENTUM VP system

You can see the presentation of the results here.

Yokogawa Financial Results for First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2014

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