Creating a Digitally-Enabled Workforce

by | Dec 17, 2018 | Control & Safety Systems, Services, Consulting & Training

Jim Cahill

Chief Blogger, Editor

Edition #14 of Innovations in Process AutomationEdition #14 of Innovations in Process Automation is now available. And it’s available not only in English, but also in German, Italian, Spanish and French. This latest edition includes articles about:

  • Emerson’s commitment to training and education is closing the skills gap
  • STEM initiatives inspire next generation of innovators
  • The business case for gender balance is clear
  • Training solutions help maximise return on technology investments
  • Industry experience helps consultants deliver specified business outcomes
  • Business Academy helping develop tomorrow’s leaders

Emerson's Daniel KeoghIn the first article, Emerson’s commitment to training and education is closing the skills gap, Emerson’s Daniel Keogh highlights the importance of training and upskilling current and future employees. These efforts need to be a key part of manufacturers’ digital transformation planning and execution activities.

Daniel opens the article:

Digital transformation provides exciting opportunities for process industry organisations to make significant operational improvements. However, as the rapid introduction of new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies reshapes the competencies required of workers, companies can be left facing a skills shortage.

He describes collaborative efforts in Ireland between the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and Emerson:

…in a 2016 NIBRT study of the industry, more than half of respondents said they have a high degree of difficulty recruiting and developing bioprocess engineers. Such a skills shortage is a deep cause for concern, but NIBRT is leading the way in helping to meet the country’s growing demand for skilled workers. Emerson was therefore delighted to enter a collaboration agreement that includes a donation of automation software and systems valued at $1 million (approximately €820,000) to help upskill workers.

Daniel describes NIBRT’s Dublin facility where this center of excellence is located. It:

…is purpose-built to closely replicate a modern biopharma plant with state-of-the-art equipment. Its planned Emerson Room will simulate an innovative bioprocessing environment and will include a fully operational Emerson DeltaV™ distributed control system. DeltaV is one of the most extensively used automation platforms within the industry, and NIBRT will utilise it to provide advanced training and education in a safe environment.

Download the digital magazine for more in this article on other industries and initiatives where Emerson is collaborating to upskill current and future employees in the manufacturing industries.

Visit the Training—DeltaV Systems and Software section on Emerson.com to learn more on how these training solutions can get your operations up to speed quickly. You can also connect and interact with other training experts in the Services group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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