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Nalco Champion teams with Accenture and Microsoft to launch digital platform for downstream oil and gas customers 

New Refined Knowledge powered by Ecolab 3D platform will deliver predictive capabilities to reduce risks and optimize assets

August 28, 2018

SUGAR LAND, TX — Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, in collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft, has launched a new unified, digital platform – Refined Knowledge Powered by Ecolab 3D to provide downstream oil and gas customers with unique insights to predict and solve challenges across the assets in their organizations, empowering them to transform the way assets are managed.

Refined Knowledge Powered by Ecolab 3D collects data from remote sensors and Nalco Champion’s 3D automation platforms, field measurements, lab testing and customer data systems by leveraging Microsoft’s secure Azure cloud platform. Refined Knowledge synthesizes that data and provides performance dashboards, reports, benchmarking capabilities and an eROI calculator to help customers optimize how assets are used and reduce their total costs of operation. The platform also delivers 3D CrudeFlex, a series of proprietary automations and sensor applications for crude distillation units. Customers can use these actionable insights to mitigate risks, deliver increased sustainability and profitability, providing water and energy cost savings across their organization.

“This new Refined Knowledge platform unleashes the power of data, leveraging our digital capability to deliver incomparable value beyond products and services,” said Danny Rey, Nalco Champion’s Senior Vice President of Global Downstream. “We are able to use this platform to deliver cost reductions of around 10 percent for many customers, which can mean $3 million in documented savings for a single site or installation. I am excited about what’s possible with the arrival of this enhanced platform.”

Additionally, Accenture created a modern analytics application leveraging a user-first and cloud-first approach. Fjord, a design and innovation consultancy from Accenture Interactive, played a key role in designing modern user experiences. Accenture and Nalco Champion collaborated on the end-to-end solution, bringing data into the platform so users can visualize business insights and run advanced analytics in an agile way.

Manish Panjwani, a managing director and Technology Consulting Lead for Accenture’s North America resources businesses, added: “This project solidifies Nalco Champion’s position as a leading innovator to drive better performance for its customers by leveraging intelligent analytics. For example, Nalco Champion can better predict upcoming plant outages by monitoring their customers’ assets in close to real time, moving towards predictive rather than reactive maintenance.”

“Nalco Champion continues to be at the forefront of providing the Refining and Petrochemical sector of the Downstream Oil and Gas industry with digital innovations that take advantage of the secure and global scale of Microsoft’s Azure cloud, predictive analytics and machine-learning capabilities,” said Çağlayan Arkan, GM, Manufacturing & Resources, Microsoft. “These innovations can help Nalco Champion customers monitor process and water technology applications, proving the difference between a plant that runs with no downtime versus a plant with a corrosion-related shutdown that leads to lost productivity and additional costs.”

“Our vision is to empower our users with critical insight at their fingertips, anytime and anywhere,” said Thomas Lu, Nalco Champion’s Director of Commercial Digital Solutions for Global Downstream. “Our users are more efficient and generate tremendous value for their operations by using this platform.”

Refined Knowledge leverages Nalco Champion’s prior generation Refined Knowledge digital offering that has been successfully deployed in 850 customer locations and collected more than 20 billion data points to generate customer insights to date.


About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 442,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Nalco Champion

Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, provides safe, sustainable chemistry programs and services to the upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, refineries and petrochemical operations in more than 170 countries around the world. Through onsite problem solving and the application of innovative technologies, we maximize production, optimize water use and overcome complex challenges in the world’s toughest energy frontiers

About Ecolab A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With annual sales of $14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

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