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Implementation of Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS,M at Sinopec Guangzhou - case study


China Petrochemical Corporation, the sole initiator of Sinopec, is a super-large petroleum and petrochemical group restructured and established by the State in 1998 on the basis of the former China Petrochemical Corporation. It is a state-owned company invested by the State, functioning as a state-authorized investment institution in which the State holds the controlling share.


Sinopec is an integrated energy and chemical company. The scope of its business is in five areas: (1) oil and gas exploration; (2) oil refining; (3) production of petrochemicals, chemical fibers, chemical fertilizers and other chemical products; (4) storage and pipeline transportation of crude oil and natural gas; and (5) import and export of crude oil, natural gas, refined oil products, chemicals, and other commodities. Sinopec is China's largest producer and supplier of oil products (including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, etc.) and petrochemical products (including intermediates, synthetic resin, synthetic fiber monomers and polymers, synthetic fiber and chemical fertilizer). It is also the second largest crude oil producer.

Business Challenge

As one of China's leading petrochemical conglomerates, Sinopec has taken advantage of the industry's business cycle while making efforts to overcome sometimes adversarial factors, such as increasing costs due to the significant upswing of crude oil prices in the global market. It has been their continuing mission to apply all types of effective methods to reduce energy consumption, optimize resources, increase production volumes, maximize sales, improve profitability and enhance their competitive edge.

To meet its reporting needs, Sinopec had developed a simple daily logging system at the oil refining laboratory which could enable reports to lie entered and produced. Apart from that system, transactions had been conducted largely through manual means, including the collecting of data, the entering of raw records, the writing of report papers and the transferring of report papers between facilities. However, with the continuous expansion of business, this simple system was unable to meet the needs of Sinopec's complex and fast-paced production. Consequently, the organization talked to Thermo Fisher Scientific in the hope of using a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to automate the collection of data from instruments and transmission of report papers between different sites for better communication and decision making.

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