MATHESON has launched its new Remote Operations Center (ROC) at its office location in Irving, Texas. The ROC enables central access for monitoring and/or controlling the company’s air separation units, hydrogen plants, and on-site/pipeline gas production plants.
The center is comprised of multiple workstation cells, with each workstation manned by a Remote Operations Technician. A single workstation cell with one Technician is capable of monitoring as many as seven plants simultaneously. According to MATHESON, the ROC is sized for twice the capacity of current operations, so plants that are mapped into MATHESON’s five and ten year plans will be accommodated easily before the ROC itself requires expansion.
Each Remote Operations Technician continuously reviews data graphs of product quality, production rates, purities, levels, and alarms. The technician can access process controllers and make adjustments, as well as being able to shut down systems completely. Additionally, each plant has as many as eighteen cameras located throughout the plant campus. The Remote Operations Technician can view all cameras in real time to assess plant conditions that may not yet be indicated by data or alarms.
“The bottom line,” according to Scott Harrison, Vice President ASU Operations, “is that all of our plants receive continuous production attention 24/7, which, quite simply is not feasible without a ROC. In addition, the local plant operations teams are able to focus on equipment startups, physical inspections, maintenance, and other duties that fall outside of routine plant operation. Improved quality, safety, and efficiency are the result.”
The Remote Operations Center is located adjacent to the MATHESON Logistics Control Center at the Irving Texas location. By co-locating remote operations with logistics control, MATHESON has created a single point of control for production, distribution, customer vessel monitoring, and operations decision-making.
“Gas production and distribution can be complicated by the intricacies of overlapping, and sometimes conflicting, demands,” says Nigel McMullen, Senior Vice President Bulk Gases Business Unit. “Sophisticated production controls, resource tracking, and demand monitoring are critical to successful day-to-day operations, which in turn are critical to achieving our goal of meeting the total industrial gas needs of our Customers safely and reliably.”
McMullen continued, “The MATHESON Quality policy commits us to deliver the right product, the right quantity, at the right time, and sustained through continuous improvement. Centralized remote operations and logistics control help ensure that we continuously adhere to that policy.”