Digital Transformations for Manufacturers across the Globe

Emerson's Jonas Berge


Interest in how the Industrial Internet of Things can improve manufacturing performance spans the globe. Emerson’s Jonas Berge recently presented at the 2nd China Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) summit 2018 in Shanghai.

His presentation, Harnessing the Power of Digital Transformation and Industrial IoT, explored the case for change in driving top quartile performance, the how’s of digital transformation in operations and maintenance, and deploying operational infrastructure.

Example of digital transformation in the reliability & maintenance practice are digital inspection of intelligent assets, digital collaboration across time and space, and the move from paper to findable, searchable and sharable digital documents.

From a safety and compliance perspective, Jonas described how the Industrial Internet of Things technologies enables digital transformation around digital mustering & rescue, digital asset safety checks and digital distress calls at eyewash and shower safety stations.

Operations is digitally transformed via digital operator rounds (smart devices reporting back instead of operators seeking manually reading and logging), digital logbooks and field operator online learning.

His final examples were around energy & emissions where advancing automation technology enables digital and continuous energy management, energy loss & inefficiency continuous digital inspection, and digital logbooks.

While technology provides the base, the people and processes advance the path to a digital transformation. Experts may be found on site, within the manufacturer’s organization, or dispersed among the manufacturer’s key suppliers. As the supply of this expertise extends beyond the plant, internet and cloud services become part of the architecture. Jonas stressed that these are not required technologies for plants with onsite expertise.

The manufacturers Jonas spoke with during this conference have teams dedicated to driving digital transformation. During the question & answer part of his presentation, there were in-depth questions about digital sensor networking, sensor network infrastructure, and more all the way to supply chain integration. These manufacturers have a laser sharp focus on digital transformation.

Virtual Reality (VR) in real-time operator trainingOne of the reoccurring themes at the conference was the use of a “Digital Twin”. Jonas explained how a digital twin model is used in the MiMiC dynamic process simulation software used for process optimization as well as for operator training.

Also he shared how a Digital Twin immersive plant model is also used in Virtual Reality (VR) field operator training for manual task learning which also integrates with the MiMiC process simulation.

One other example of digital twin technology is how the digital twin technology is used in the Plantweb Energy Advisor software to predict energy consumption based on production rate, and alarm in case there is overconsumption thus driving efficiency troubleshooting.

Learn more about the steps you can take in undergoing a digital transformation in one of Jonas’ LinkedIn essays, IIoT: Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

You can also connect and interact with other digital transformation consultants in the Improve & Modernize group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.