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When gas companies look for so-called truck loading solutions, they often have primarily software in mind, which manages aspects like loading procedures and access to premises. And yes, there should be a variety of interfaces, for instance, to a distributed control system (DCS), and the company’s resource planning system (ERP). That said, guaranteed overall quality assurance is critical. How about scalability? Well, missing functionality in this scenario might be somehow developed by somebody at a later stage. While this certainly can work out, it’s more a trial and error approach due to unclear outcome and most likely expensive. What might sound like a flexible approach, supports, in reality, more the likelihood of a push-out of CAPEX. New investments might be required at a later stage. A solution is, by definition, the answer to a problem, not a query of new questions. It doesn’t leave room for doubts but leaves variables in the equation for scalability on a solid foundation. First and foremost, it addresses and solves the given requirements right away.
If you approach a software developer, his expertise is programming, not the study of overall feasibility, or interplay of machinery. Following this rationality, one can, of course, strictly separate project management, from execution, and engineering from the software folks, but will this smoothen the path towards a desired modernization? At IWB, we combine all critical project elements for a cost-effective and flawlessly executed automation project. We offer the unique combination of in-house engineering, continuous in-house software development based on feedback and requirements of all key players in the gas industry, plus in-house project management. Every single project that we executed over the past three decades added vice versa value to our internal processes, a more robust product offering, and a faster time-to-market.