Automation data: the misunderstood strategic asset

On 30 July 2020, at 2pm BST, Sean Robinson, service leader at Industrial IT and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, will join GE Digital’s David Collard for the webinar Automation data: the misunderstood strategic asset. The webinar will provide meaningful insights about how manufacturers, engineers and plant managers can take advantage of modern automation solutions. Registration for the event is available here.

Despite the importance of automation in plant environments, there is still some confusion regarding them. Many modern control systems and automation software are based on the same approach as legacy technology, focusing only on the physical part of automation. However, manufacturers should focus more on the benefits that today’s automation platforms can offer. With real-time insights, for example, manufacturers, engineers and plant managers can know everything about the production assets, which surrounding departments and stakeholders can derive insights from to inform important decisions.

To help businesses embrace modern technologies effectively, this webinar is an opportunity to understand how automation solutions have evolved and what they can achieve in a digital factory.

Novotek and GE Digital will explain why it’s important to redefine the boundaries of automation, how to shiftstrategy from traditional automation software to broader IT solutions and how to apply “The 3 Rs” to automation data: reduce overlap, reuse data sources and re-package data for different stakeholders.

“Thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data analytics software and automation technologies, digital factories can be a reality and make a difference quantitively and qualitatively,” said Sean Robinson, service leader at Novotek UK & Ireland.

“However, many factories seem to be stuck in the ’90s with their approach to automation, when plantmanagers were using thousands of spreadsheets to monitor production, control stockage and ensure machines work properly. The process wasn’t just inaccurate or slow, but it was hard for manufacturers or engineers to ensure transparency and avoid issues like downtime or breakdowns.

“Fortunately, the world has changed and technologies have evolved to the point where automation can help everybody in a plant to know everything in real-time. With manufacturing execution systems (MESs) and historian software, for example, data is processed instantly and nobody needs to wait to know how the production is going, where the resources are stocked or what is needed next to save power and materials. Transparency is the key in this new world of automation and can be a key selling point for boosting production again after this long lockdown.”

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