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This Chemical Plant Cut Maintenance Costs In Half With HPE’s IoT Offering

HPE and its ecosystem of partners transform Texmark Chemicals into a refinery of the future with IoT.

Texmark Chemicals, a petrochemical plant in Galena Park, Texas, needed an efficient way to inspect the equipment in its facility. It turned to HPE and its partner CB Technologies, which transformed Texmark into a “refinery of the future.” 

“We came up with a solution that helps the worker in the chemical plant to achieve processes in 90 percent less time,” said Kelly Ireland, founder and CEO of CB Technologies, an HPE Aruba Platinum partner based in Orange, Calif.

CB Technologies helped to develop a solution that enabled Texmark to reduce maintenance costs, automate worker safety and cut downtime. It’s a success story you don’t often hear about: Ireland says over 90 percent of IoT projects don’t get past proof of concept.

“It goes into la-la land,” said Ireland. “It’s because of approach. I also think people don’t step into IoT because of what happened with cloud. You had people who jumped into cloud, especially with the client side, who jumped in and thought it would deliver one thing and it didn’t.”

However, HPE’s investments in the edge could make the transition easier, said Ireland.

“HPE’s investments in the edge has landed them front and center and I think most of the industry, if they are really honest, will say that HPE, especially on the edge side of the house, is way ahead of the competition,” said Ireland.

Learn more about CB Technologies’ approach to IoT in CRN’s video.

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