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Schneider Electric helps Showa Shell Sekiyu enhance supply chain management

Schneider Electric helps Showa Shell Sekiyu enhance supply chain management

September 21, 2017 – Schneider Electric announced that Showa Shell Sekiyu has signed a global agreement with Schneider Electric to implement SimSci Spiral Suite, 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 digitizing 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 Suite 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. 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 Schneider Electric’s SimSci Spiral Suite solution, which offers a cloud-based working environment and a common data model across the company’s planning and scheduling operations.

“Schneider Electric provides us with many advantages, including better model stability and simplified model building, training and maintenance. As part of our digitization strategy, Spiral Suite 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. The scheduling cold calculation has been dramatically reduced to 5-10 minutes, and another 1-2 minutes for each revision. Spiral promotes collaboration through the refinery, with crude traders, supply traders, and the refinery operations planners using the same global LP model.”

Schneider Electric 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.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, 144,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. 

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