OSIsoft develops software and technology that give people the power to transform their world through data. OSIsoft’s PI System captures operational data from sensors, manufacturing equipment and other devices and transforms it into rich information streams that can be accessed by plant engineers, executives, data researchers and partners to improve productivity, save money or engage in business analytics.
More than 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies, 65 percent of the Fortune 500 industrial companies and numerous government agencies rely on technology from OSIsoft and its partners. The PI System is part of the critical infrastructure at over 19,000 manufacturing sites, refineries, water treatment facilities, office complexes, transportation networks, wind farms, power plants, data centers and other environments. Worldwide, more than 1.5 billion sensor-based data streams are managed by the PI System.
Founded in 1980, OSIsoft has over 1,200 employees and is headquartered in San Leandro, California.
OSIsoft at a Glance:
San Leandro Tech Campus, 1600 Alvarado Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Increasingly strict environmental regulations at the federal, state, and local levels — such as the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, flaring efficiency rules, and the Toxic Substances Control Act — are putting more pressure than ever on the chemical industry. As a result, the inability to maintain tight controls and provide documentation that proves compliance can lead to costly fines and possibly even put a halt to operations.
Managing and continuously improving operational costs is critical to staying competitive in the chemical/petrochemical industry. The challenge is that primary input costs are under persistent upward pressure while plant managers are locked in a constant battle against unscheduled downtime and underperforming assets.
Covestro’s story is a common one in the manufacturing world. The company had a wealth of data streaming in from equipment and processes: data that could theoretically be harnessed and acted upon. But its data was difficult to access, stored in local silos, and cut off from sharing and analysis by the lack of enterprise-wide data standards. The fix for Covestro: Making full use of its PI System.
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