Industrial giants are digitising touch and feel
When operators of Woodside Energy’s enormous Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant do daily rounds to check on equipment, they use all their human senses and experience to determine if it is operating safely.
Their daily task list may involve checking the oil level of an industrial pump - but they don’t stop there. They “put a hand on the pump” to check temperature and “make sure it's not running hot”, and to feel for any vibrations. They smell it. And they listen - is it ‘screaming’? Does it sound normal?