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ITH A STABLE investment climate in manufacturing for the past eight
years, mergers and acquisitions are here
to stay for the foreseeable future. While
a bonus for investors, the result has been
added complexity with the introduction
of multiple manufacturing-application
platforms and, in response, the creation
of optimization initiatives for many large
companies.
Marathon Oil, an exploration and
production company with footprints
around the world, recently launched a
comprehensive reliability project with
SAP's Plant Maintenance module for
their North American assets. Due to the
success of the international division's
implementation, Marathon North
America made the strategic move to
update its legacy processes and shift
toward better digital management of its
oil-field assets.
For Marathon and the oil industry,
smart instruments and data-acquisition
technology have coincided with the
shale boom of the past ten years. Also,
the strategic decision by many oil and
gas super-majors to move away from offshore development and toward oil-field
optimization has resulted in the start of
a golden age of remote monitoring for
oil wells.
Project funding for Marathon's
three-phased maintenance initiative is
coming from the corporation's Information Technology (IT) and Reliability
Group.
"From a global IT perspective at
Marathon, one of our strategic directions is to enable as much mobile
communication as possible," said Paul
Musser, IT operations manager at Mar-

APRIL 2018

athon Oil in a webinar titled, "Preparing
for the Future of Asset Management."
"Operations need to capture maintenance information much more quickly,
so funding for the reliability initiative
was right in line."
The reliability initiative included
three primary assets in Texas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, along with
implementation in three phases. "We
created notifications, work-order creations, and equipment-health history,
so we could begin doing reliability on
equipment in the field," stated Musser.
Marathon built out operator and technician screens using Synactive's GuiXT
(Synactive Software Komponenten
GmbH, Saarbrucken, Germany, synactive.com), which provides user-interface
customization within an SAP environment. Remote equipment monitoring
can include valves, motors, and components that have sensor relationships.
"After a year of the first phase at the
Eagle Ford development [Eagle Ford
region of South Texas], we had implemented a functional system to collect
data on all the wells, completed operator
training, developed maintenance plans,
and turned the system over to users,"
explained Musser. According to Marathon, Eagle Ford had more than 27,000
work orders in one year and created
KPIs (key performance indicators) for
the entire oil and gas oil play in Eagle
Ford.
To learn about phases two and three,
how Marathon implemented rich data
sets with its maintenance module, and
how this project is changing the company's maintenance approach, visit the
Efficient Plant website at: http://bit.ly/
epmag100. EP

Marathon
Upgrades
Shale Asset
Management
Grant Gerke
Contributing Editor

Oil and gas supermajors have moved
away from large capital offshore development projects and toward optimization in
oil fields in the western U.S.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant April 2018

Editorial
Implementations
What's Wrong With My Bolts?
Understand Vertical Motor Bearings
Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
Lubricant Myths That Can Cost You
IIoT
SAP: When To Update SAP Master Data
Give Your Chain A 'Hand'
Why Do Hackers Hack?
Why Compressor Size Matters
Equipment-Rental Considerations
On The Floor
Microgrids Are On The Rise
Solution Focus
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Cover1
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Cover2
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 1
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 2
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 3
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 4
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 5
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Editorial
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 7
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Implementations
Efficient Plant April 2018 - 9
Efficient Plant April 2018 - What's Wrong With My Bolts?
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - 15
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Understand Vertical Motor Bearings
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - 24
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Lubricant Myths That Can Cost You
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - IIoT
Efficient Plant April 2018 - SAP: When To Update SAP Master Data
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Give Your Chain A 'Hand'
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Why Do Hackers Hack?
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Why Compressor Size Matters
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Equipment-Rental Considerations
Efficient Plant April 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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