OIL & GAS
Robotics in oil & Gas
The robot’s role on drill ships is primarily to handle the often dangerous task of connecting segments of drill piping as they’re laid through miles of ocean and rock. In addition to standard IoT devices like sensors, robots will increasingly play a larger role in the oil and gas sector due to their numerous benefits, as this case highlights. Robots can make certain industries safer, which is one of the primary factors fueling adoption. Sensors and other IoT devices are frequently found on industrial equipment, particularly on oil and gas refineries and at extraction sites to monitor and automate equipment that may be dangerous or difficult to operate, and companies can lower costs by handing off routine tasks to robots rather than sticking to sensors. Robots can offer many of the same benefits, and often are better at automating workflow than sensors alone. Further, a 2015 survey from Microsoft and Accenture found that 62% of oil and gas executives worldwide plan to invest more than they did in digital solutions, so the presence of robotics in oil and gas will likely grow even further in the future.