Strategic Process Optimization (SPO) is a data driven process that involves four steps:
- Data Mining: operational data is retrieved from facility systems by use of portable metering, and virtual metering as needed.
- Selective Data Reduction (SDR): The large amount of data retrieved is evaluated and the most relevant information retained for analysis based on project objectives.
- Statistical Data Analysis and AI: Statistical and machine based methods (artificial intelligence) are applied to SDR results to identify variables that have a meaningful impact on efficiency to develop and algorithm for process efficiency prediction.
- Operator Desktop: Working with facility E&I staff, results are integrated into a “dashboard” that presents operating efficiency “real-time” compared to what it should be. When excursions occur, corrective actions are provided that do not adversely impact operations.
In 2020, Kinergetics launched eMAT, a wireless data collection system. eMAT can be used for portable metering or as a long term metering solution, and strengthens SPO by increasing the ease of data collection.