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Schneider helps BASF monitor electrical substation

Steve Rogerson
September 17, 2019

French energy company Schneider Electric is helping chemical firm BASF increase visibility into operations on its new electrical substation in Beaumont, Texas, by measuring more than 100 variables to predict performance.
With the implementation of Schneider’s EcoStruxue Asset Advisor, the Beaumont plant, part of the BASF agricultural business, has a digital dashboard and the support needed to monitor critical-asset status with round-the-clock access to data.
Through its partnership with the Schneider Electric Services Bureau, BASF gets customised advice and proactive recommendations to prevent failure and optimise maintenance strategies.
The EcoStruxure Asset Advisor enables more predictable asset performance, helping BASF prevent failures, improve plant safety and increase operational efficiency. It is a cloud-based service that lets companies move from reactive to proactive maintenance.
"EcoStruxure Asset Advisor is helping prevent catastrophic failures," said Lee Perry, electrical design engineer from BASF. “It's getting the right data at the right time. And, in the end, data are value.”
BASF's electrical distribution equipment provides power to the entire production of the Beaumont plant. Thanks to the EcoStruxure condition-based monitoring and predictive analytics service, BASF can monitor the health of its substation assets through a dashboard. More than 100 variables are measured and computed to provide accurate and reliable condition monitoring. Through the service bureau, the company gets customised advice and proactive recommendations to reduce failure and optimise maintenance strategies.
"We are helping them change the way they operate through continuous monitoring that allows them to see the current health of their critical equipment and determine if there are operational anomalies that need to be addressed," said Alfredo Arriola, segment sales manager for EcoStruxure Asset Advisor in North America. "This is the future of predictive maintenance and an opportunity for BASF to advance beyond preventive maintenance intervals defined by the industry."
The cloud-based service combines a data-driving platform with Schneider Electric expertise in all field services areas. It harnesses the emergence of the IoT, along with breakthroughs in connectivity, sensor technology and predictive analytics. EcoStruxure evaluates live data from critical connected assets and applies analytics to identify potential threats.
"BASF's focus on data-driven services like EcoStruxure Asset Advisor demonstrates that we are a forward-looking, early adopter, of leveraging IIoT-enabled, data-driven services to gain insight into our critical electrical distribution assets." said Perry. “Digitisation and asset management improvement is a corporate strategy of the company.”
EcoStruxure is Schneider’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. It can deliver value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability and connectivity by leveraging advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics and cyber security. EcoStruxure has been deployed in almost half a million sites with the support of more than 20,000 developers, 650,000 service providers and partners, and 3000 utilities. It connects over two million assets under management.
BASF is involved in a number of products that go into wearable devices, construction materials, mass transportation and footwear. It operates more than 100 production and research and development sites throughout North America.