BASF is the biggest chemical company with large integrated sites in Europe like Antwerp in Belgium and Ludwigshafen and Schwarzheide in Germany. BASF Antwerp is BASF’s second largest Verbund site in Europe and the world. The site hosts more than 50 different chemical plants and has more than 500km internal pipelines on its piperacks and underground. As a production site for the BASF group, it is continuously looking for innovations in all kinds of manufacturing practices, including maintenance and inspection. In total more than 3500 people are working for BASF at its site in Antwerp.
BASF joined the SIMAC project as asset owner and operator. In the overall project goals BASF will co-define, from an end-user perspective, definitions, requirements, key metrics and solid practical guidelines to guide the development, pilot phase and future deployment of the solutions developed.
One area where BASF takes the lead in this project is the work package concerning exploitation, communication and dissemination. Other focal areas for BASF are the definition of the key requirements as well as the demonstration and pilot validation.
In the past, BASF Antwerpen participated in INTERREG-projects like SMART TOOLING for the development of robotics technologies for inspection and maintenance. We also have individual projects with cooperation for different applications in this area ongoing. We have been part of SPRINTRobotics since 2016 and are the co-lead of the action group “process piping”, the focus of this project.