Industry 4.0 is all about connectivity and making informed decisions. By connecting Operational Technology (physical technologies to compose, assemble and communicate) and Information Technology (digital technologies to inform, organise and combine), this digital transformation will enable companies to become more unified, adaptable and responsive, which can lead to substantial competitive advantages.
“Industry 4.0 creates a disruption and requires companies to rethink the way they design their supply chain,” states McKinsey. We all know how delays in any part of the supply chain can cause significant problems resulting in even more delays. Rethinking the way we plan and execute maintenance shutdowns and turnarounds is therefore unavoidable. And crucial to stay ahead.
When it comes to maintenance activities, safety, speed and timing are critical. During planned maintenance stops, many precautions are taken. Think of designated working permits, access registration control and the deployment of confined spaces attendants (or manhole watch): a combination of Operational Technology and manpower. By adding digital technologies like sensing and (wireless) connectivity, not only will the level of safety increase, efficiency will too. Last but not least, collected data can be transformed into valuable information enabling you to make informed decisions for future shutdowns and turnarounds.
Just like previous industrial revolutions, Industry 4.0 comes with challenges but brings endless opportunities as well. Being your global partner in digital state-of-the-art industrial safety and efficiency solutions we are here to help you with both.