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BASF Connects Disparate Industrial Data Sources to Improve Operations

on Friday, 17 November 2017. Posted in General

Published at ARC Advisory Group by Janice Abel and Valentijn de Leeuw


Employing digitization and data, BASF uses a new data platform to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its processes while creating additional value for its customers.

Overview


BASF, a large global chemical producer with headquarters in Germany, has operations in more than 80 countries. The company’s manufacturing fleet includes six highly-integrated “Verbund” production sites and 350 other sites around the world. Its goal is to “create chemistry for a sustainable future,” with economic success and environmental and social responsibility. Using digitization and data, the company is increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its processes while creating additional value for is customers.

BASF’s Reliability Center employs manufacturing intelligence to provide expert support to sites to ensure reliable operation. The Center accesses industrial data from different sources at BASF sites around the globe and analyzes the data to support production sites with recommendations and troubleshooting. Dr. Michael Krauss, Senior Automation Manager at BASF SE, recently discussed parts of the company’s digital transformation with ARC Advisory Group and told us about early successes in achieving global access to industrial data from multiple applications to many data sources in a secure and scalable way.