Raising yield and driving compliance for chemical production

The power and ease of use of Wonderware software enable more flexible and agile production, while also reducing unit costs, energy usage, greenhouse gas intensities and plant emissions.

South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and approximately 25% of its manufacturing sales. The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa. It is highly complex and widely diversified, with end products often being composed of a number of chemicals which have been combined in some way to provide the required properties and characteristics.

The synthetic coal and natural gas-based liquid fuels and petrochemicals industry is prominent, with South Africa being world leader in coal-based synthesis and gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies. The primary and secondary sectors are dominated by Sasol (through Sasol Chemical Industries and Sasol Polymers), AECI and Dow Sentrachem. These companies have recently diversified and expanded their interests in tertiary products, especially those with export potential.

Challenges facing the Chemicals industry

Sustaining regulatory compliance

Achieved through detailed process information and control in real time as well as personnel workflow mapping.

Increasing the plant or facility’s Sales Value Of Production (SVOP)

This involves contributing to sustainability by easing the environmental, health and safety compliance concerns that are increasingly occupying the minds of business leaders in this sector.

In addition: 

  • Improving asset utilization
  • Reduce waste
  • Increase yields
  • Improve profitability
  • Decrease variability in process performance
  • Increase production capacity
  • Easier and faster data analysis and knowledge management
  • Improve workflow and collaboration
  • Reduce inventory (and need to stockpile)
  • Improve agility and response to operational variances
  • Capitalising on new technologies (e.g. the IIoT)

Sustaining regulatory compliance

Achieved through detailed process information and control in real time as well as personnel workflow mapping.

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