Sensing a change

How new sensors and data are transforming the employee experience and increasing safety across manufacturing.

September 23, 2019

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Leak detection is critical for the safety of all industrial facilities. Across the country, including at Koch facilities, engineers need to regularly check for leaks – but that can be a tedious and precarious task. 

As it turns out, there’s a better way to do it, driven by new technology developed and tested by different Koch companies. There, employees are using leak-detection sensors and data analytics to enhance safety, run facilities more efficiently, and develop different skills.

For Sheryl Corrigan, Koch’s director of environment, health and safety, these innovations that improve safety and create more meaningful work for employees.

“We don’t want to send people out into our processing units when it’s super cold, or when it’s super hot,” Corrigan said in a recent interview with WTOP. “We want folks to be able to work in roles where they feel fulfilled and can work on the things that really, really excite them. And so we put our engineers and our environmental and health and safety teams together to come up with a different way to approach leak detection.”

The result is a classic story of internal and external partnership. Koch teamed up with Molex, a Koch company, to develop sensors that can monitor for leaks. Flint Hills Resources, another Koch subsidiary, is testing the program. Externally, Koch has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency to meet state and federal laws and regulations.

To find out what happens to the data from all of these sensors and what it means for Koch, employees, and the industry, check out the full article on WTOP.