Report from the Orlando Forum on how IIoT, Industry 4.0 and connected enterprise are converging to deliver proven benefits and innovation.

Industry in Transition: Navigating the New Age of Innovation

February 8-11, 2016 – At the ARC Forum many industry trends, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digitization, and Connected Enterprise, have been discussed. These concepts have moved past the hype stage to the point where real solutions are emerging, backed by strongly associated business cases. At the 2016 Industry Forum in Orlando, a new topic emerged: the integration of IIoT requirements into the engineering & build phase of the asset lifecycle to enable a smooth transition of brownfield plants into the new age of innovation.

Trends progressing into solutions

IT/OT Convergence

IT/OT Convergence

This is not merely about “connecting the shop floor and top floor”. A wide range of technologies are now being employed in industrial operations to improve operating performance, solve intractable problems, or to introduce the Industrial Internet of Things. But the greatest rewards are achieved when companies begin to operate in new, collaborative ways across the whole of the asset lifecycle within the extended enterprise.

Information Driven ALM/PLM

Asset Performance Management

New technologies driving the next wave of advances include the Internet of Things (IoT), social, analytics, and 3D visualization where huge volumes of “big data” are transformed into actionable information. These technologies have the potential to drastically improve asset performance resulting in increased profitability. One of the key factors in this process is transforming data analytics related to primary production processes into actionable, easily understood information.

Connected Smart Machines

Engineering the Smart Factory

Plant modifications may be required to optimize processes or improve asset performance monitoring. While implementing an IIoT throughout the entire factory is in many cases impossible, the best practice presented at the ARC Forum is to gradually incorporate IIoT-enabled machines into the factory. R&D and Engineering departments should therefore incorporate requirements for the smart factory into the Good Engineering Practices.

BlueCielo & USBR at the ARC Forum

BlueCielo participated in the session “The Intersection of Enterprise Asset Management and Industrial Internet of Things”. Those involved in asset management must measure performance against KPIs for uptime, asset longevity, cost control, safety, and product quality, etc. Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems provide the visibility needed to manage the diverse set of resources associated with these metrics – but too often, alerts from a condition monitoring or control system get lost and the equipment fails as predicted. New technologies like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offer opportunities to further optimize performance.

“USBR uses Meridian to manage technical information for 600 dams, with an expected lifetime of 300-500 years.”
Willem-Jan Scholten, BlueCielo

Integration and innovation for excellence

Gary McDanel, Manager Information Management of the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) explored how EAM, IIoT, and business process automation improved the KPIs. Gary discussed their journey to select BlueCielo Meridian as their core technical asset information management system, managing all the technical documentation for the 600 dams and reservoirs and 53 power plants producing 40 billion kilowatt hours.

Looking into the future, Gary explained how all legacy documentation will be made centrally available and provided to maintenance based on tag numbers through integration with Maximo. In the longer run, the plant modification projects will be targeted to integrate the digital world with the physical world to leverage the benefits of IIoT.

In addition to USBR, CERN and CSX Transportation also presented their views on how to improve operational excellence. At the end of the presentations, a panel discussion was held to discuss topics raised by the audience. On behalf of BlueCielo, Edwin van Dijk participated in the panel and answered the possibilities of augmented reality within the maintenance activities and what is needed to enable the use of asset-related technical documentation in the process.

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Panel discussion:
The Intersection of Enterprise Asset Management and IIoT

The Intersection of Enterprise Asset Management and IIoT

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