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Nouryon to use digital technology from Semiotic Labs to boost plant reliability

Nouryon has signed a framework agreement to implement self-learning technology developed by Semiotic Labs that helps predict when to maintain and replace pumps and other rotating equipment. Semiotic Labs was one of the winners of Nouryon’s 2018 Imagine Chemistry open innovation challenge.

The technology uses electrical waveforms that can accurately predict 90% of upcoming maintenance needs in rotating equipment such as pumps, compressors and conveyors, up to five months in advance. This gives time to repair or replace critical equipment during planned stops, preventing unexpected interruptions to production and improving reliability of supply and process safety.

The technology has been successfully implemented at Nouryon’s chlorine plant at Ibbenbüren, Germany, and will now be rolled out to seven other sites in Europe.

“Working with start-ups like Semiotic Labs allows us to tap into novel technologies that can provide significant benefits,” says Marco Waas, director of R&D and technology for industrial chemicals at Nouryon. “Our customers rely on us for a reliable supply of essential raw materials and this predictive maintenance solution can greatly help improve the performance of our plants, while decreasing cost.”

“Since the Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2018, we have been working together on a pilot program to test and improve our technology,” added Simon Jagers, Semiotic Labs’ founder. “I am very pleased to see it making a difference in real-life production settings and look forward to the further rollout in partnership with Nouryon.”

Nouryon and Semiotic Labs will also look at ways to generate more value from waveform analysis by developing features that will enable significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The first large-scale implementations are planned for early 2020.

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About Nouryon
We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Markets worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox and Berol.

About Semiotic Labs
Semiotic Labs was established in 2015 with the aim of making maintenance 100% predictable. A team of data scientists, software developers and technical specialists have developed SAM4, an AI-driven predictive maintenance solution for AC motors and rotating equipment. Semiotic Labs is active in various industries and works with customers such as Vopak, Nouryon, ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, Schiphol and Engie.

If you would like to learn more about how SAM4 could improve the reliability of your critical assets, sign up for a demo here.


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