IT mega trends such as Big Data, the Industrial Internet of Things, Cloud technology and 3D printing are all feeding into a new Dutch initiative called Smart Industry.

Markets in which Owner/Operators in process industries operate and collaborate are becoming increasingly international, more competitive and volatility is rising. In order to maintain profitability, organizations are constantly seeking new opportunities to gain an edge. By linking all steps of the asset lifecycle and the value chain, a world of possibilities opens for companies, old and new. Emerging IT technologies enable organizations to change their business models, become more customer focused and ensure their profitability in the future.

What is Smart Industry?

As described in the Smart Industry Report, Smart Industries are industries that have certain key characteristics, including a high degree of flexibility in:

  • Production
  • Product needs (specifications, quality, design)
  • Volume (what is needed)
  • Timing (when it is needed)
  • Resource efficiency and cost (what is required)
  • Ability to (fine)tune to customer needs and make use of the entire supply chain for value creation.

These Smart Industries are leveraging a network-centric approach, making use of the value of information, driven by ICT and the latest available proven manufacturing techniques to enable their success.

Why does Smart Industry matter?

90 second introduction to the key benefits of the Smart Industry revolution:

Smart Industry Masterclass highlights

During the Masterclass at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands, Hans van Grieken addressed the need for change and Ineke Dezentjé Hamming addressed the required business climate for organizations. One of those required changes by the Dutch Government is to work towards Smart Regulation.

The government must ensure that new laws and regulations to enable smart organizations are developed much faster and in line with the IT developments, such as cybersecurity for cloud solutions. With the changing laws and regulations the process industry must also get smart ways to understand which regulations apply and what has changed on granular level for maintaining their license to operate. Other presentations and breakout sessions during the masterclass deepened the various smart industry related topics.

Asset lifecycle support

BlueCielo is focused on the management of asset related information throughout the entire asset lifecycle. Smart Industries use the current and arising ICT possibilities to improve operational excellence by linking operational data with all other asset related data, including engineering data and documents.

The benefit is that operational personnel can execute required predicted maintenance faster with all the necessary information immediately at hand. This includes up to date SOP’s, the right spare parts, optionally printed on demand through the 3D printing techniques, and all other necessary documentation to perform their tasks.

To ensure data integrity, the Management of Change procedures must be fully in place, for which a modern Asset Lifecycle Information Management System such as BlueCielo Meridian is required. Only when data integrity is guaranteed can the benefits of Smart Industry can be achieved.