As the wave of retirements continues and expertise is lost across the manufacturing and production industries, operational analytics will assume a more significant and prominent role. These analytics applications help transform reams of data into actionable information.
In a Processing article, Getting analytics in the hands of operators, Emerson’s Scott Ludwig and Silvia Gonzalez share how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and manufacturers can take advantage of these operational analytics to gain insights and improve operational performance.
Scott and Silvia open the article with the role of analytics in helping drive improvements.
OEM machine builders and operations personnel at end-user production plants know how their systems work, and often have a good sense of what they perceive to be the best ways to run things. Yet these users could benefit from some detailed, real-time and data-backed guidance showing them how to improve efficiency, remove bottlenecks and save energy.
For OEMs, they can:
…analyze data from in-service equipment to fine tune the engineering aspects of the machinery they supply, and to offer tailored support and other value-added services for their manufacturing customers.
…need analyzed data from all their machinery to determine overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and other key performance indicators (KPIs) so they can optimize the production rates, product quality, equipment availability, energy consumption and other factors. Analytical results give these end users better visibility into their operations, and near-real-time information helps them make timely decisions for best productivity.
A critical property for operational analytics applications is to be intuitive and easily accessible.
The modern answer is to use analytics software platforms pre-engineered to work with industrial systems and arranged to walk users through the most common tasks using wizards and dialog-driven prompts. A practical software solution lets users apply their own expertise to quickly deploy analytics projects, without requiring a high level of IT expertise, large capital expenditures or a long deployment.
Visit the Movicon section on Emerson.com for more ways to improve operations by optimizing the plant and decision-making, identifying issues, and managing the process more efficiently.