Transforming Reliability Work Practices

by | May 22, 2019 | Asset Management, Industrial IoT, Reliability

Every day, our lives continue to be digitally transformed in how we communicate and engage with each other. It’s not just the technologies in smart phones, smart watches and applications; it’s how we use these technologies to change the way we accomplish things.

The same is true for manufacturers and producers in their digital transformation initiatives. Technologies play a key role, but it’s the changes toward more effective work practices that deliver the value. One example is in keeping plant assets operating reliably.

The traditional approach has asset diagnostic information scattered in different locations. It requires plant personnel to find it and communicate it to the right person in time to address the issue before it leads to slow downs or unplanned downtime. A key way to improve these work practices is to bring together data from predictive intelligence applications and analytical tools to create a holistic picture of asset health.

The Plantweb digital ecosystem is a scalable portfolio of technologies, software and services to help manufacturers and producers drive their digital transformation initiatives. A key reliability-improvement component in this ecosystem is Plantweb Optics—an asset performance platform for managing asset health across the enterprise.

This quick, three-minute YouTube video, Keeping a Close Eye on Critical Assets, shows how Plantweb Optics combines data from multiple asset-based applications and delivers alerts and key performance indicators that are specific to individuals in the roles that need the information. Instead of manually tracking the right person or team to get the data into the right hands, it’s done automatically—enabling the appropriate team to address the issue quicker and more effectively.

The video highlights an example of multiple issues occurring all at once and how various staff members are alerted and communicate with one another to address the abnormal situation. It starts with a reliability manager noticing that some vibration monitoring routes were missed due to the equipment not running at the time of the rounds. Also, a critical valve was indicating that it had a travel deviation.

Watch the video to see the communications paths, mobile device messages, and workflows in action between the reliability manager and plant staff members including the maintenance technician, vibration analyst, instrument technician, and maintenance staff notified through the computer maintenance management system (CMMS) to schedule work to be performed as soon as possible. The result is a digital transformation of work processes that streamlines the communications flow and increases the available time to solve the issues and prevent unplanned outages.

Visit the Plantweb Optics pages for more on these capabilities and the Plantweb digital ecosystem section on for more on other technologies and services to help drive safety, reliability, efficiency, and production performance improvements.

You can also connect and interact with other digital transformation experts in the IIoT & Digital Transformation group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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