National Oilwell Varco – Manufacturing System

National Oilwell Varco is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil & gas drilling and production. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Texas A&M Unviersity, and Penn State are working together to develop an Manufacturing System that will allow NOV to maintain their position as worldwide leader. The project has two primary components: 1) develop tools to support decision making regarding manufacturing organizational strategies and 2) develop analytical tools and dashboards to allow better organization of metrics and support to decision-making. A team lead by Andy Johnson from Texas A&M is tackling the second component.

Emission at Coal Fired Power Plants

The production of electricity from coal also produces SO2 and NOx. The EPA cap and trade program has been used to regulate NOx admissions.  We use a production economics approach to estimate the actual cost to producers to reduce NOx emissions.