Drones and robots bring the future to digital manufacturing

Sponsored Content: New technologies are enhancing the way the oil and gas industry operates, and the result is greater efficiency, safer workplaces and better communication in energy plants and facilities.
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Drones and robots bring the future to digital manufacturing

Sponsored Content: Advances in digital manufacturing have drastically changed how some of the products we use every day are developed — and that includes energy.

Drones, robots and automation are creating new opportunities in efficiency, communication and safety at energy plants and facilities around the world.

But this is not a technology takeover. These solutions enhance the way employees work and help transform oil and gas operations. More importantly, they are revolutionising the production of the energy needed in our daily lives.

Here are a few examples of what this means today.

No longer just a cool gadget, drones provide an almost superhuman ability to inspect sky-high towers while employees remain safely on the ground. They can also go inside tanks so workers don’t have to. 

 

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Using the most advanced data analytics, ExxonMobil is creating new dashboards tailored specifically to site workers.

 

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This puts the right data in the hands of decision-makers, enabling faster and better insights, uncovering new synergies and making complex operations more efficient. 

 

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Here are just a handful of technologies ExxonMobil has started using in some of its facilities. Just as everyone is doing more with a swipe on their phones, digital tools like these are improving ExxonMobil’s safety, analysis and efficiency.

Thanks to advanced mobile applications, workers today carry their own command centre in their pockets. New handheld devices provide operators with transparent views of the plants, no matter where they are. Other benefits include being able to access and enter data points and oversee the status of equipment across a plant — while remaining out in the field. 

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Some of ExxonMobil’s greatest emerging technologies start in its "digital garage". It’s in this garage where technologists and engineers develop next-generation solutions for today’s energy workers.

 

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This Energy Factor article is reproduced courtesy of ExxonMobil.