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Nanalysis and Sartec machine learning provides oil analytics

Steve Rogerson
February 11. 2020



Canadian firm Nanalysis Scientific is working with Italian company Saras Ricerche e Tecnologie (Sartec) to deploy machine-learning algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) software to analyse crude oil in oil refineries.
 
They have entered a collaboration agreement to develop process analytics for the oil and gas industry. The collaborative scientific work has been on-going since 2017 and a quality prototype has been developed. The two companies are now ready to develop a business plan and jointly offer products incorporating Nanalysis compact nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) products and Sartec's patent protected machine learning algorithms and AI software.
 
"We are very pleased to be working with Nanalysis Scientific,” said Lorenzo Sassu, innovation manager at Sartec. “For decades Sartec has been specialising in environmental protection, industrial efficiency and energy savings in the oil, petrochemical and energy industries, as well as serving our local communities and public administration partners.”
 
Several years ago, he said Sartec recognised that NMR could be a critical analytical technique to bring oil refineries into the digital age, but the problem was that this type of technology was too large, expensive and complex for oil refineries and energy facilities of all kinds.
 
“With the advent of compact NMR hardware, our machine learning and AI algorithms can come to life in a variety of applications, and we are committed to delivering full integrations to the energy industry in partnership with Nanalysis," he said.
 
Sean Krakiwsky, founder and CEO of Nanalysis Scientific, added: "Working with an experienced global leader such as Sartec is critical to driving adoption of our products in the energy industry and other industrial process markets. This partnership is consistent with one of our key strategic business objectives, the appification of NMR in Industry 4.0 environments using our leading permanent-magnet based compact NMR technology. Sartec has second-to-none domain expertise, advanced software technology, and a unique vision for bringing refinery and other industrial processes into the fourth industrial revolution."
 
Established in 1995, Sartec is the technology company of the Saras Group. It supplies technology to improve the industrial and environmental performance of large industries, SMEs and public agencies, for the betterment of local communities. Saras owns one of Europe's largest oil refineries, processing 15 million tonnes of crude oil per year (300,000 barrels per day) and is the leading refinery in the Mediterranean area, integrated with petrochemicals units and one of the largest IGCC gasification plant.
 
Nanalysis develops and manufactures portable NMR spectrometers or analysers for laboratory and industrial markets. The NMReady-60 was the first fully featured portable NMR spectrometer in a single compact enclosure requiring no liquid helium or any other cryogens. It recently announced that it will begin selling a 100MHz device in early 2020, which it says will be the most powerful non-cryogen, permanent magnet NMR device ever brought to market.