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Covestro makes headway in digitalisation processes

Sep '19
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Covestro is exploiting the benefits of digital transformation. A pilot project has new findings for the intelligent maintenance of systems and is continued at the production site in Caojing, China. The global project for digitalising and integrating the system landscape in production, ‘Optimized System Integration’ (OSI2020), is entering the next phase.

The materials manufacturer is systematically tapping the potential of digitising production processes. The so-called ‘predictive maintenance’ of systems, for example, becomes even more reliable in combination with machine learning and artificial intelligence. This is shown by a pilot project of the polymer company. The temperature and vibration sensors installed in a large engine of the production plant transmit their collected data on the condition of the engine during operation to software. This enabled the team to predict possible engine failure eight months in advance, according to Covestro.

Covestro comprehensively analyses data from ongoing production and maintenance in order to be able to assess the behaviour of machines and materials in advance and make appropriate recommendations. The system learns automatically.

A central component in the digitalisation of production processes at Covestro is the global project (OSI2020). Launched in 2017 with 12 sub-projects, the board has now given the go-ahead for the second phase of the project. The roll-out of the already developed portal for integrated engineering and operation of production facilities at all major locations is planned. The Integrated Plant and Engineering Platform (IPEP) creates a virtual data model and a digital twin of each production plant.

“The entire technical documentation of each plant is brought together in digital form in this type of database. This will benefit all production employees. IPEP will enable us to work even more securely and efficiently in the future and to access all data quickly and easily. Covestro sees great potential in the intelligent linking of plant and process data, on the basis of which further applications could be developed,” Stephan Krebber, programme director digital production and technology at Covestro said

“The collection and analysis of data has become increasingly important in recent years. The expansion of our intelligent and integrated data management increases plant availability and makes production processes more efficient. This is a major step forward in the digitalisation of our global operations,” Klaus Schäfer, chief technology officer of Covestro and responsible for production and technology said. (GK)

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