Rockwell Automation technology and expertise help Drillmec develop innovative carbon-storage technology

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Italian drilling rig specialist uses data-driven intelligence and precision automation for maximum efficiency and minimum emissions

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, is collaborating with Drillmec, a global on- and offshore drilling specialist based in Italy that is developing new, innovative storage technologies.

Drillmec’s advanced technology uses data-driven intelligence and precision automation to make drilling ingress points for new carbon storage facilities faster, easier, safer and more cost effective. This initiative underpins Drillmec’s drive to develop solutions that draw on its drilling and rig expertise to reduce emissions and achieve environmental goals.

Carbon capture and storage initiatives involve trapping carbon at the point of emission – for example, in a factory – and then pumping it to a suitable underground storage facility where it is permanently stored, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere.

Rockwell Automation is collaborating with Drillmec, a global on- and offshore drilling specialist based in Italy that is developing new, innovative storage technologies. Using Allen-Bradley PowerFlex TL XT 755 AC drives, Drillmec’s automated drilling system is more precise and targeted than its predecessors. This enables it to achieve the desired end state — the creation of an ingress point for new carbon-storage facilities — in less time, using fewer materials, and less energy.

Using Allen-Bradley PowerFlex TL XT 755 AC drives, Drillmec’s automated drilling system is more precise and targeted than its predecessors. This enables it to achieve the desired end state — the creation of an ingress point for new carbon-storage facilities — in less time, using fewer materials, and less energy, than was the case with previous systems.

Through greater efficiency, increased automation and other advanced features, the new technology will also reduce the number of staff required onsite. This will help control costs and improve site safety.

Drillmec’s technology is suitable for use onshore and offshore. By lowering costs, it helps to lower the barrier to entry for new carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) facilities. This has the potential to significantly lower emissions related to a whole range of industrial and domestic uses. As well as providing technology, Rockwell Automation has been working closely with Drillmec to optimize the drilling workflow for maximum efficiency and minimum emissions.

“Helping our partners in industry to improve sustainability and reduce emissions is one of Rockwell Automation’s guiding principles,” said Steffen Zendler, global business development manager – sustainability at Rockwell Automation. “This project does exactly that. We’re very pleased to be working with Drillmec to make carbon capture and storage not just possible, but technically and commercially attractive.”

“We are excited to be bringing to market this new drilling technology, specifically designed to enable the development of carbon capture and storage sites,” said Mohamed Housny, vice president of marketing at Drillmec. “Rockwell Automation technology and expertise has been central to achieving the intelligence, precision and control required for the new technology to be a success. We look forward to continuing to work with Rockwell Automation on this and future projects.”

About Drillmec

Drillmec is an international leader in design, manufacturing and distribution of drilling and workover rigs for onshore and offshore applications as well as a wide range of drilling equipment.

The results achieved in over 100 years of international experience have been recognized by customers worldwide and stem from our commitment to continuous improvement through the pursuit of high quality, strong focus on human resources and emphatic efficiency throughout the whole process.

Three principles lie at the core of our company’s identity: safety, environment and innovation. Our worldwide reputation of reliability is a reflection of our extensive engineering development, timely deliveries and excellent after-sales service.

Drillmec is a truly global company but remains deeply connected to our roots in the Mechanical Engineering Heart of Italy.  http://www.drillmec.com/en/df/company-profile-2015

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 29,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries.

To learn more about how we are bringing Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit www.rockwellautomation.com.

 

 

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