July 10, 2020
Introduction of IoT, AI and other new technologies is an urgent challenge that operators of petroleum and chemical plants are facing to address structural issues, such as highly aged facilities and a shortage of labor.
As an effort to overcome these challenges, on July 10 (Fri.), 2020, METI held a meeting of the Committee on High Pressure Gas Industrial Safety, a body inaugurated under the Public-Private Council on Smart Industrial Safety, and formulated an Action Plan as a compilation of key actions that the public and private sectors should undertake respectively to promote smart industrial safety.
METI will encourage the public and private sectors to advance efforts under the Action Plan and improve the safety and efficiency of petroleum and chemical plants.
2. Specific examples of the actions
Actions by the private sector
- Measures for supporting operations by taking advantage of wearable devices and 5G;
- Drone-based inspections of target areas at high altitude or those dangerous to access;
- Use of the digital twin technology for simulations and making conditions visible; and
- AI-based automatic optimization of operation parameters.
Actions by the public sector
- Comprehensive review of the systems for high pressure gas industrial safety (e.g., using drones as an alternative to human observation-based inspections);
- Review of the incentives designed for the systems for accrediting businesses which promote smart industrial safety;
- Measures for supporting demonstrations and development of explosion-proof drones; and
- Formulation of guidelines for safe utilization of AI.
3. Action Plan for Smart Industrial Safety in the Field of High Pressure Gas Industrial Safety
- Summary of the Action Plan for Smart Industrial Safety in the Field of High Pressure Gas Industrial Safety (PDF:1,594KB)
4. Materials distributed at the committee meeting (in Japanese)
Division in Charge
High Pressure Gas Safety Office, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group