Showa Shell Sekiyu Signs Global Agreement with AVEVA for Supply Chain Optimization
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Sept. 6, 2017 – AVEVA, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced that Showa Shell Sekiyu has signed a global agreement with AVEVA to implement SimSci Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management, the company’s Unified Supply Chain Management solution. Scope of the deployment includes asset management, planning, scheduling, network supply and distribution optimization, and High Performance Computing (HPC) modules.
Oil and Gas companies face significant challenges to improve operational agility and gain access to “siloed” information trapped in stand-alone, legacy applications. Leading firms are now digitalizing their operations to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), helping to unlock this data and convert it into business intelligence. Resulting benefits are substantially improved operational visibility, decision support and efficiency across the enterprise.
Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management brings together planning (to generate operationally realistic plans) and scheduling (to generate event-based scheduling with automated data management within a planning environment) into a single application. All activities are supported within a single user interface using a single source of data with version and data management control. The Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management interface is highly intuitive for beginners and experts alike, enabling information to be shared easily between users. Planners can see future scheduling constraints and schedulers can immediately assess decisions against commercial impact and operational feasibility.
Showa Shell Sekiyu identified a need to update its legacy tools with a modern enterprise supply chain platform. The company is now implementing AVEVA’s SimSci Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management solution, which offers a cloud-based working environment and a common data model across the company’s planning and scheduling operations.
“AVEVA provides us with many advantages, including better model stability and simplified model building, training and maintenance. As part of our digitization strategy, Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management helps us better visualize processes, manage models and analyze results,” said Kazutoshi Okumura, Senior Supply/Refinery Economist at Showa Shell Sekiyu. “Spiral offers fast and easy topology building with minimal learning, an overall refinery balance to verify the model reflects reality, network modeling, report preparation and complete model validation. Spiral promotes collaboration through the refinery, with crude traders, supply traders, and the refinery operations planners using the same global LP model.”
AVEVA offers only industrial planning and scheduling application designed from the ground up as an integrated solution. It supports all supply chain work processes across large and small enterprises, bringing together trading, asset management, planning, scheduling, optimization and distribution. What results is a better way to explore opportunities, reduce risk and shrink the gap between planned and actual results.
“Spiral Unified Supply Chain Management is enabling a digital transformation in the oil and gas industry by digitalizing the entire downstream value chain through a unified supply chain management platform,” said Harpreet Gulati, Ph.D., Vice President at AVEVA. “With our solution, Showa Shell Sekiyu has implemented a solution that enables enterprise collaboration across various operating sites and trading offices. Showa Shell users can gain new insights from business intelligence that was previously not readily available, helping to improve business performance and agile decision support.”
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