Pump Test Automation – Humans vs. Machines

With the rise of the Digital Age, it’s important to stay in touch with technological developments in industry. Read here about ATTA’s determination to balance the human component with programmed automation.

Science fiction stories and movies are dominating pop culture more and more – but how should we actually react to the proposed technologies? Futuristic societal advancements like self-driving cars are becoming more and more likely, and it’s important to address the impacts technological innovation has on life and business. Is artificial intelligence a threat? Well, ATTA isn’t in the business of bringing computers to life, but we do have some things to say about computer-automated systems positively transforming industrialization.


ATTA specializes in programming automation for electrical submersible pump test systems in the oil industry – is such a digitized change something to fear?

The answer is no – innovation has shown over and over again how it improves life and work. Automation consistently reduces human error in production and frees up company time for further innovation. It can be hard to accept technological change, but it’s up to us to find the optimized balance between human and machine interaction – automation is a crucial part of the discussion.

This balance can be found when the ATTA test system automations are under a consistent standard of operation, all under the guidance of a human setting its variables and task list. There are things that humans will always maintain leverage of over machines – like intuition or sales tactics. These skills are learned by humans about humans, and are not able to be programmed into a machine – so there’s some balancing news in favor of the human component.


So, why will we still need humans? ATTA employees are trained to program and maintain the utmost efficiency of automated test systems. Installation and maintenance, after all, is what we do! We design your test systems so you don’t have to. Then, your new automated test systems will keep your machinery up and running significantly longer with reduced causes for error.

Intel’s Americas General Manager Rachel Mushahwar said about the oil and gas industry that 50% of human work will be done by cognitive systems by 2025. “Innovation allows for more immediate and better decisions.” It’s estimated that the oil industry could save $1.6 trillion thanks to computerized transformation.

So, why would that be something to fear? Automation frees up company time for more innovative and valuable human work. Human error becomes reduced, and maintenance costs are saved. Though progress can sometimes involve growing pains, the adjustments are worth it time and time again.


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