BASF forms data network with equipment manufacturers

Posted on 1 Sep 2017 by Jonny Williamson

The world's largest chemical producer, BASF, has announced the start of a project at its site in Ludwigshafen, Germany, to evaluate digital collaboration with manufacturing partners in the domain of engineering and maintenance.

“BASF constantly works on optimising its sites, plants and production processes” – image courtesy of BASF

A cloud-based collaborative network will provide BASF with a digital data connection to ‘multiple original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) and service providers and their respective asset data.

The project’s goal is to establish a fully integrated and centrally managed asset information repository, helping ensure data consistency and availability.

By establishing such a single source of truth for asset information, BASF aims to further improve the efficiency of its engineering and maintenance processes throughout the asset lifecycle.

The cloud-based collaborative network will be set up and supervised by SAP.

Andreas Wernsdörfer, senior vice president technical site services Ludwigshafen, BASF, said: “BASF constantly works on optimising its sites, plants and production processes.

“SAP Asset Intelligence Network is an approach that has the potential to further improve our engineering and maintenance processes by establishing a fully integrated digital information chain between OEMs, service providers and BASF over the whole asset lifecycle.

“A more integrated digital approach with our business partners would allow us to easily access the latest and current information when and where needed, leading to quicker and better decision-making and, in consequence, higher asset effectiveness.”

The evaluation project is expected to run for several months. It is part of “BASF 4.0”, a global project that drives the digital transformation of BASF.

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