Top 10 Ways to Improve your IA Business
First Published Wednesday, 13th June 2012 02:30 pm from Real-Time Innovations (RTI) : Jeffrey Shimbo
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In the industrial automation industry, it is estimated
that only 1 in 10 employees have the information they need to do
their jobs effectively. How can you give your plant managers and
operators the data they need, when they need it? And can you do
this while increasing ROI, reducing complexity and freeing
yourself from vendor lock-in?
Check out these
ten ways to improve your IA business and see how they can help
1. It's about your
You must use proven
technology to improve business performance. Ethernet &
TCP/IP are now the backbone of the modern Industrial Automation
system. This is the decade for focus on business solutions and
will require seamless connectivity with the Business
2. Hack out
automation systems are unnecessarily complex. A common
information infrastructure is required to reduce the complexity
and provide the standards-based interoperability and performance
necessary to meet your stringent business objectives.
3. Be Proud of
at razor thin margins is now the norm, it is paramount that
organizations seek alternate approaches to profitability.
Software engineering efficiency and predictive services are key
areas for serious investigation to grow your bottom
4. Give your Operators a
It is estimated
that only 1 in 10 industrial automation employees have the
information they need to do their job effectively. Get data when
you need it, and where you need it and see your efficiencies
5. Don't Lock Yourself
The days of single vendor
proprietary systems are no longer viable. Truly collaborative
industrial automation systems must be based on international
standards and provide the ability to integrate legacy and
remaining proprietary systems. Standards provide future
6. Get Blood from a
costs are a substantial component of an industrial automation
annual budget. It is estimated that maintenance costs can be
reduced by up to 90% by moving from
'predictive' maintenance techniques. This
will require lots of data and powerful algorithms, but provide
significant opportunities for improved profitability.
7. Just Make it
Up to 70% of initial
industrial automation system costs go toward integration.
Seamless interoperability of disparate systems is a must. A
standards-based wire protocol is the foundation for
system-of-systems interoperability. See your system extensibility
options greatly enhanced.
Don't Lie to Me
industrial automation systems leverage a central data store for
access to information system wide. But, this does not meet the
needs of real-time business operations. A true peer-to-peer
communication infrastructure allows any application (user) to
gain immediate access to the latest data they need - a Single
Version of the Truth.
9. Say NO
to Green Death
scenario - the HMI displays go blank but the industrial
automation systems continue to operate without operator guidance
and no way to easily resolve. You must implement a distributed
data architecture which inherently prevents such occurrences.
Continuance operation provides the insurance you need for your IA
10. Block the Bad
The modern collaborative
industrial automation system is powerful, efficient, and cost
effective, but also more vulnerable to security attacks. You need
non-stop performance and the ability to remedy issues on the fly
without bringing systems down. Secure your data - protect your
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