Covestro chooses software-as-a-service model to achieve top quartile performance

25 March 2018

Chemical manufacturer, Covestro, has selected Emerson to provide it with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to help it minimise risk and improve uptime across nine high-utilisation plants.

As part of a five-year contract, Emerson will provide remote monitoring and predictive maintenance to help the company optimise its manufacturing facilities for improved production, safety and reliability.

The Emerson programme is a tenet of Covestro’s comprehensive digitisation programme called Digital@Covestro that considers and implements new Industrial IoT strategies and operating procedures to deliver improved performance and meet defined financial targets. Its reliability programme will use strategies, solutions and technologies from Emerson’s Operational Certainty programme designed to help manufacturers achieve Top Quartile performance.

Data has shown that Top Quartile companies spend half as much on maintenance compared to average performers and operate with an additional 15 days of available production each year. Emerson will remotely monitor and maintain 40 of its DeltaV DCSs at Covestro plants in China, the United States and Germany. Remote teams at Emerson’s Innovation Centre in Austin, Texas, will monitor and provide best practices-based maintenance strategies for local Emerson teams to implement at each Covestro plant.

“By collaborating with Emerson to stay proactive about plant availability, we can drive toward always-on production and continue to satisfy customers in our high-demand market,” said Klaus Schaefer, chief technical officer, Covestro. The Emerson-Covestro agreement reflects an emerging business model in industry, where manufacturers rely on a strategic supplier’s software solutions and automation expertise to monitor and execute maintenance, equipment health or energy management programmes, allowing customers to focus their attention on critical operating functions that drive plant performance.

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