Oil and gas are still indispensible fuels for the global economy, and exploring for new sources of oil and gas remains a lucrative and attractive endeavor. New oil platforms, rigs, and pipelines are constantly being constructed to meet the demand for oil, with a corresponding growth in the number of factories and control centers used to process and manage crude oil. To maximize efficiency and safety, these systems are becoming more integrated, but unfortunately, the traditional SCADA systems used by the oil and gas industry are difficult to integrate because they are highly independent and have limited connectivity to other systems. This limitation will need to be overcome as oil facilities grow more complex, and safety and reliability grow ever more important. Moxa’s complete range of industrial networking, monitoring, and computing products are engineered for harsh mission-critical environments, and provide the reliability, flexibility, and safety needed to maintain and operate oil and gas facilities.
Moxa provides a wide array of industrial-grade products, including industrial Ethernet switches, fiber media converters, industrial secure routers, industrial wireless Ethernet products, industrial Ethernet gateways, serial device servers, RTU controllers and remote I/O devices, IP cameras, and industrial computing solutions. A variety of interface solutions such as fiber, copper, SFP, PoE, wireless, and serial, and bandwidth options from 10/100 Mbps to 10 Gbps, are available for your applications.
Safety is a top priority of the oil and gas industry, so on-site and off-site equipment must all be held to the highest standards. Devices must meet many different safety standards to ensure they can resist damage from corrosion and vibration, and to ensure continuous, reliable operation in hazardous environments.
Moxa’s products have passed a variety of certifications specially developed for oil and gas facilities, including UL/cUL C1D2, ATEX Zone 2, IECEx, and DNV/ABS/LR/NK/GL. Apart from environmental approvals, Moxa’s high performance industrial secure routers enable secure VPN network access and critical device protection from unauthorized remote connections. In addition, Moxa’s wired and wireless Ethernet products support a number of security standards, including 802.1X, HTTPS, and SSL.
Unexpected system downtime and failure to respond in real time can cause significant damage to oil and gas facilities, threatening assets and even lives. For this reason, it is highly important to keep systems functional at all times, even during emergency situations.
Moxa’s industrial Ethernet switches and wireless AP/bridge/client products support redundancy features to ensure that communication systems are always available and can respond in real time. With Turbo Ring and Turbo Chain (recovery time < 20 ms), and dual radio and Turbo Roaming for redundancy, Moxa products ensure maximum LAN and wireless LAN network uptime and guarantee millisecond-level recovery. Moxa’s products also support dual, redundant power inputs, helping ensure system availability.
A rugged design is essential for equipment used in oil and gas facilities since the environments in such facilities are extremely harsh. For this reason, the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, temperature changes, vibration, and external damage such as chemical corrosion is a must.
Many Moxa products have an IP30/54/66/67/68 robust metal housing, wide temperature tolerance, vibration proofing, and optional conformal coating for erosion resistance, making them suitable for tough industrial environments. They also have other heavy-duty industrial-grade features, including relay output warnings, a higher MTBF, high EMC resistance, and EMI noise immunity.
Managing large-scale and geographically distributed oil and gas facilities is extremely difficult. In addition, to achieve the highest level of security in these types of unmanned sites, operators must be able to monitor and control remote sites anytime, and from anywhere.
Moxa provides a number of easy-to-use software solutions for real-time remote network management: MXview industrial network management software; MGate manager; Active OPC server and DA-Center remote automation software; SoftNVR-IA IP surveillance software; RCore ready-to-run computing software. In addition, many of Moxa’s software solutions work seamlessly with industrial systems by supporting OPC server functionality for communicating directly with SCADA systems and HMIs, and Moxa’s Modbus TCP, PROFINET, and EtherNet/IP compatible network devices can be monitored directly by SCADA systems and HMIs for real-time network monitoring.