Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel to act before costly failures occur. Leveraging mobile workforce enablement tools, helps drive this change.
Manually collecting data generally means it is after the fact and very complex for collaborative use across the organization. Heavy industrial operations must have access to multiple software systems to manage day-to-day challenges in an effective and secure manner. These systems generate large sets of data which contain critical information pertaining to management systems, asset planning and costing as well as energy management.
As a result, customers are confronted with the timely collection and relevant visualization of the data to reflect performance measures in overall context of their operational process.
Turning Operations Data into Actionable Information
Accessibility is a key success factor in leveraging the hidden insights in industrial data. The ease by which to obtain this directly impacts the field workforce. Connecting the mobile workforce with the automation system and keeping them up-to-date on current operational conditions helps improve productivity. This enables workflow, data collection and general task management for plant operations, maintenance, production tracking, and compliance applications.
Through the consistent execution of best practices by the mobile workforce you can transmit asset condition data collected using a decision support system back to the automation system so it can be viewed by operators on their displays in the control room, by engineers and managers utilizing plant information portals or by reliability professionals to ensure optimal asset availability. The result is early identification of equipment degradation, accelerating and sustaining mainstream process improvements for reliable, safe and profitable operations.
Ascend, a global leader in Nylon 6-6 production, has a great story to illustrate the utilization of technology to enable the mobile workforce.
Terry Unruh, PE production and maintenance process leader for Ascend said, “Our operators now immediately view key data generated during the manufacturing processes at each plant, which enables us to operate more efficiently.”
View the success story video above to see how Ascend saved millions of dollars through a comprehensive platform of collection, action and visualization tools.
Mobile Workforce Enablement
Further to the example in the Ascend success story, Wonderware IntelaTrac has helped hundreds of customers in capital intensive environments increase equipment life, reduce unplanned downtime, and increase availability and operator efficiency.
As a key component of the Schneider Electric Enterprise APM platform, Wonderware IntelaTrac is a dynamic data collection application with the ability to take action ranging from immediate operator tasks to creating work order requests to drive asset management. The solution enables the configuration and execution of rounds in a way that will enable a cultural change and enable the workforce.
Companies such as Exxon Mobil, Shell and Chevron have leveraged Wonderware IntelaTrac to deliver savings up to 88% reduction in pump failures, a 65% reduction in costs of seal replacements, and overall reductions in maintenance costs equating to savings in the order of $500k+.
For more information on Wonderware IntelaTrac and Schneider Electric’s comprehensive Enterprise APM solution, visit http://software.schneider-electric.com/eapm.