Digitalization in the Chemical Industry – An overview

Leading companies in the chemical industry have long recognized that digitizing their businesses is the key to long-term success. Increasingly, IT departments, production managers, and quality managers are using specialized software solutions to make manufacturing processes safer and more efficient.

The chemical industry 4.0 is facing future-oriented challenges. Analog processes have to make way for dynamic, digital processes within a very short time. This also affects cooperation between plant operators and service contractors.

In addition, sustainability goals and legal emission requirements are influencing production as well as the operation of plants. This makes digital concepts necessary which collect relevant plant data and transfer it to operational management systems.

In this article, you will receive comprehensive information on digitalization in the chemical industry. We highlight opportunities for digital transformation and discuss application solutions for companies.  

The latest news on digitization in the Chemical Industry

Ever since the third industrial revolution in the 1970s, computer-based processes have formed the core of industrial procedures. In the age of Industry 4.0, the Internet is now becoming the central technology. Economic advantages of digitization in the chemical industry arise from the fact that you record plant integrity in a decentralized manner and make it available centrally. Particularly important is the transformation of inspection processes with the help of digital management systems.

The corona pandemic has shown that digitized structures are essential for NDT inspections. Companies that had already relied on digital transmission of all inspection orders before the pandemic were able to survive the crisis without any disruptions.

Since testing equipment and inspection management systems as well as NDT evaluation workstations can be networked digitally without much effort, companies no longer have to rely on plant inspections performed in analog form. Internal processes can thus be effectively streamlined. Last but not least, this results in significant cost savings on a day-to-day basis.

Thus, digitization of the chemical industry helps to make operations future-proof and sustainable in the long term thanks to end-to-end digital inspection processes.

Digitization offers these opportunities for companies in the Chemical Industry

Digitization affects the entire value chain in the chemical industry. In many companies, the value chain is now globalized, with parts of production taking place abroad, for example. This poses particular challenges in terms of quality assurance and NDT testing.

Companies have the opportunity to use digital solutions to evaluate e.g. radiographic testing (RT) or ultrasonic testing (UT) even at a central location for several plants in parallel. This also allows you to better monitor cooperations with third-party companies and align them with your own standards.

The switch to end-to-end digital inspection processes for plant inspection is possible without high investment costs and leads, among other things, to the following advantages:

  • Digital tools not only replace analog processes, but also make inspection methods decisively more efficient. Structured inspection data improves the empirical basis for asset monitoring.
  • Artificial intelligence helps predict developments in asset conditions. Downtimes due to unforeseen defects can be avoided thanks to timely warnings. Companies in the chemical industry also optimize asset availability and sustainable production through NDT digitization.
  • Via the inspection software, measured values can be transferred to operational systems (RBI, APM, AIM, ...) and compared with target values almost during operation. Those responsible are thus able to make faster and better decisions on a database with the highest integrity.  

DIMATE – Your partner for digitalization in the Chemical Industry

At DIMATE, we are convinced that end-to-end digital inspection processes will continue to gain importance in the future. For companies in the chemical industry, the digitalization of plant inspections is already a factor for stability and innovation.

As experts for digital inspection processes, we optimize inspection and asset management in your company. With DIMATE PACS, you can easily manage all inspection jobs digitally. On-stream inspections run completely networked. We also support projects based on artificial intelligence to detect defects precisely and at an early stage.

Our systems are based on internationally recognized IT standards, such as the DICONDE standard ASTM E2339. DIMATE thus grants you maximum standardization and investment safety. DICONDE data from compliant test devices can be processed, viewed and archived completely vendor independent. For integration into the ERP or RBI systems, we offer standardized interfaces with the highest IT security.

Keep track of costs at all times and easily increase the sustainability of your assets and products.

We enable you to intelligently shorten release processes. All stakeholders are digitally integrated into the latest inspection results at all times. Instead of sending mails with evaluations, which costs a lot of time, every authorized user has location-independent access to the inspection images and reports via the DIMATE PACS.

All data of a component or a plant part are stored in a bundle, arranged according to a firmly defined structure and managed in an uncomplicated way.  

Best practices in digitization for the Chemical Industry

Our individualized digitization concepts for end-to-end digital inspection processes provide quality-assured data for subsequent processes and enable an optimal end-2-end workflow. Plant inspection in your company is continuously improved thanks to machine learning and AI. With BP, a leading company in the energy industry is already benefiting from DIMATE's intelligent inspection systems.

How companies in the Chemical Industry are getting started with successful digitization

Experience and expertise are essential to successfully realize the digitalization of inspection processes in chemical companies.

Lean processes, secure inspections and structured test data - rely on our digital NDT tools to meet the high requirements in the chemical industry.

Our open data standards make you ready to act at any time. Increased asset availability and extend maintenance intervals. You can also reduce CO₂ emissions. In this way, you create a future-proof infrastructure.

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bp established a continuous digital inspection process by using DIMATE PACS – including the digital evaluation and transmission of quality-assured inspection data to the RBI.


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