Flexibility is required to stay competitive in the tank terminal industry.

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The Paris agreement, the tightened directive that is being globally implemented on CO2-emissions and the adoption for new rising energy sources like biofuels, vegetable oils etc. is changing the entire value chain and its players. This means that you have to respond to the changing storage demand of your customers by providing flexibility and additional services for diverse products, whilst pro-actively offering real-time insights related to the stored products. 

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Stay competitive and maintain profitability

To stay competitive and maintain profitability, it’s key to increase your operational excellence, also to reduce operational risks, and innovate strategically to stay ahead of the curve. The complexity and ambiguity is rapidly increasing in this industry and is very different compared to the hydrocarbon storage demands of not that long ago. We all realize that a changing market comes with unique business opportunities and new value to be added.

 

Do you recognize these challenges? And are you interesting how to create your terminal of the future?

Transform your everyday

Imagine, your entire terminal operates completely autonomous within a zero-accident environment. Every operational process is digitalized, thus operational excellence is met and whilst minimising CO2 - emissions. You’re able to respond flexibly to your customer storage demands which are continuously changing and so legislation, processes, and business rules as well.  

 

We realize that the 100% autonomous terminal is still an utopia, but it’s possible to achieve soon. You can already start or continue your digital transformation journey.  How? 

Terminal of the future starts with access to available data in the field through standardization

It’s important that both hardware and software solutions and/or products should be able to work with industry standards to get actionable data to the relevant places, also called the IT / OT convergence. Siemens believes in embracing industry standards and building on top of them. The Siemens Terminal Management System (TMS) is based on an open architecture to support to standardize operations – regardless of legacy equipment and / or manufacturer. TMS is suitable to implement on every terminal regardless DCS and/or ERP vendor as it operated agnostically through API’s / interfaces fitting with the existing IT architecture, thus vendor independent 

Increase the serviceability

Beside this deep level of convergence, it’s also possible to integrate with business partners in the entire supply chain / eco-system, something we call horizontal integration. This will optimize the supply of the in- and outbound logistics, supports your operational performance and will increase the serviceability towards end-customers. These services are not only storing and taking care of their products, but could also optimize their logistics, transparent in the supply chain and/or providing real time product data. Interfacing with different systems can easily be realized by our low code platform, Mendix and analyzing this data or building models on top of it via Mindsphere.

What does the tank terminal world of the future look like?

Around the world, industries are grappling with issues such as digitalization, sustainability, and safety. The tank terminal industry, as a key part of the global supply network, is being transformed by a range of innovative requirements. While these changes ultimately promise great benefits, the transition itself is disruptive, as the playing field is remapped by Industry 4.0

 

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Human safety and cost savings

The digital transformation is bringing IT and OT more and more closely together. Distributed control systems, like (PCS7) leverages data-points from OT equipment / IoT sensors from various vendors (if needed) to execute one of its core functionalities which is Route Control. This couldn't be done without the input of the various field assets out there, such as valve positioning sensors and actuators. This higher level of asset utilization is contributing to more reliability, less spillage and avoid products contaminations and thus massive cost savings plus an increase of human safety. It is also one of our innovations that demonstrates an increase in stability and reliability due to the fact it can be run directly upon the OT-level in conjunction with IT, instead of merely one of the two.  

Unlock the data

In fields assets there is so much data available, which is not always fully utilized today. An important step is to get access to this ‘dark data’. This can be realized in various ways from full replacement of the asset to retrofitting Industrial IoT sensors, cloud or edge-computing.  This is why Siemens believes in embracing industry standards which has to be embraced by multiple parties in the value chain.  

 

These data streams that are now accessible unlocks information that can enable the right business decisions at the right time. Think about services like condition based, predictive maintenance and real-time asset monitoring.

Digital Twin to be faster

In addition, intelligent assets makes it possible to set up a Digital Twin, a virtual copy of your terminal. A Digital Twin makes it possible to design, test and be operational much faster.

 

We’re heading towards a new era in the tank terminal industry. At Siemens, we approach this holistic challenge throughout our multifaceted portfolio ranging from low code platform up to our leading portfolio of industrial automation hardware, software solutions and drive technology.

 

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Operations at a tank installation must meet the most stringent requirements. With our extensive expertise, we help to ensure that the processes at your plants remain high in quality, reliable, and flexible – while ensuring that resources are used efficiently and costs are minimized.

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Bert van Dam

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