What Is RIPA?

Robotic Industrial Process Automation

Robotic process automation, or RPA, has been a game changer across countless sectors, automating systems to make human work safer and easier. Why should industrial processes be any different? This is the foundational drive behind RIPA, our guiding hand in control rooms that streamlines and economizes complex functions in oil and gas supply chain processes.

Where We Are... And Where We’re Going

At Crux OCM, it’s our mission to simplify. We know not everyone is familiar with the inner workings of a control room or large industrial processes, so let’s talk basics. Think of a car.

And this is where we are in industrial processes. RIPA brings formerly manual large-scale functions that can take thousands of commands controlling independent subsystems, and distills them down to a minimal number of push-button actions. This end-to-end automation enables control room operators—the drivers—to perform their jobs safer and faster, aided by algorithms and machine learning.

WHO RIPA HELPS

 
Often times we focus on control room operators as the main beneficiary of RIPA, but the truth is our brand of automation has widespread impact across organizations. Let’s break down who RIPA helps.

Control Room Operators

Engineers

Commercial Team Managers

RIPA is designed to make control room operators’ lives easier. By taking thousands of manual commands off their plates, operators are able to focus on higher-level responsibilities like coordinating teams in the field or taking phone calls, all while knowing assets are operating at peak performance. Think of RIPA as autopilot for your day-to-day operations, allowing you to work smarter and not harder, and without sacrificing safety or quality of work.

We get it: as engineers there’s a drive to understand the inner-workings of every process. But we also know engineers like to make processes as smooth as possible. RIPA distills the industrial process down to its essential functions, creating efficiencies where they didn’t exist before. Removing these friction points frees engineers up to focus on other big-picture projects; and a dynamic simulated rollout ahead of launch brings engineers into the process

For senior executives and members of the accounting team, it’s important to consider the company-wide impact of processes while always keeping an eye on the bottom line. RIPA is an end-to-end reimagining of the entire oil and gas throughput and power process, finding and remedying inefficiencies to save money all while increasing safety. And, with a more simplified process, new operators can be onboarded faster and reduce risks to business continuity. Talk about a win-win-win.

Control Room Operators

RIPA is designed to make control room operators’ lives easier. By taking thousands of manual commands off their plates, operators are able to focus on higher-level responsibilities like coordinating teams in the field or taking phone calls, all while knowing assets are operating at peak performance. Think of RIPA as autopilot for your day-to-day operations, allowing you to work smarter and not harder, and without sacrificing safety or quality of work.

Engineers

We get it: as engineers there’s a drive to understand the inner-workings of every process. But we also know engineers like to make processes as smooth as possible. RIPA distills the industrial process down to its essential functions, creating efficiencies where they didn’t exist before. Removing these friction points frees engineers up to focus on other big-picture projects; and a dynamic simulated rollout ahead of launch brings engineers into the process

Commercial Team Managers

For senior executives and members of the accounting team, it’s important to consider the company-wide impact of processes while always keeping an eye on the bottom line. RIPA is an end-to-end reimagining of the entire oil and gas throughput and power process, finding and remedying inefficiencies to save money all while increasing safety. And, with a more simplified process, new operators can be onboarded faster and reduce risks to business continuity. Talk about a win-win-win.

Creating a Safer Process

Crux OCM was founded by control room operators, so their safety and the impact their safety has on the broader environment are paramount to us. RIPA is designed with safety in mind; by easing the pressure on control room operators, we reduce fatigue that can lead to avoidable environmental and safety catastrophes. By limiting the opportunity for human error, we dramatically increase safety protocols. RIPA also builds in an auditable command chain which adds a newfound level of accountability to industrial processes.


Simplification is the Key

RIPA is the future we believe in for industrial control rooms. And that future relies on a level of sophisticated simplicity that can only exist when humans and automation work in harmony. The expertise of control room operators and engineers is the guiding force behind industrial processes, but it’s the confluence of humans and technology that will truly bring the industry into the 21st Century. RIPA is the engine that can drive that change.


An Eye on the Bottom Line

Of course, if RIPA’s sole impact was making control rooms run more smoothly, it might be easy to dismiss. But the truth is, automating industrial processes can have dramatic cost saving and bottom line revenue benefits. RIPA can be applied to multiple points in the oil and gas value chain to maximize efficiency. For example, in transmission pipelines, by reducing flowrate drift and keeping the baseline flowrate as close to maximum as possible, companies can save millions of dollars over time. Likewise, by automating pipeline pressure and flow variations the savings on maintenance over time—not to mention the safety impact of protecting pipelines—can be dramatic. The ROI potential on RIPA represents a revolution for the oil and gas industry.

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