10/09/2019 - DigitalThe digital revolution is disrupting expertise, transforming usage and raising expectations. Vallourec is embracing data.
Think data"Digitalizing is above all about opening up data," says Chief Digital Officer Barthélémy Longueville. At Vallourec, the days of silos and secret data are over. Including important figures, but also information on key accounts, worldwide drilling locations and partners, Vallourec's open data portal offers all employees a single interface that enables them to find useful (non-sensitive) data sets without having to search.
Digitalizing is above all about opening up data.Barthélémy Longueville Chief Digital Officer
Advancement through real-world examplesAs part of creating the open data portal, Vallourec organized its very first datathon. Its objective was to transform tube data into added value for customers. A group of 23 participants from every business line and European organization tested a new agile approach – three days of immersion to process five real-world examples and gather helpful data to resolve them.
3D, robots, AI: the impetus of 4.0Industry 4.0 refers to the concept of connected, robotized and intelligent factories, where the borders between the physical and digital worlds are removed, creating an innovative and exciting work environment. A space where new‑generation robots collaborate with operators and with other robots. Where 3D printers take a few hours (rather than several weeks) to create a replacement part. Where employee performance is enhanced with the use of connected sensors or smart algorithms. And above all, where big data will revolutionize tube manufacture.
The numerous simulations we can run are a rich source of performance improvements for our fabrication processes.Marc Bremont Group Industrial Masterplan Director
A journey into dataKnowing the DNA of every tube generates enhanced solutions that help optimize customer operations and reduce their costs. For example, Smartengo Best Fit finds the perfect fit between two tubes and the ideal degree of rotation for fast, fault-free welding of line pipes. On the rig, Smartengo Running Expert shows the length of the tube and column during descent, and after installation, a digital map of the finished assembly. This digital twin of the well will enable the tracking of each component and simulation of wear to ensure the lasting integrity of the well.