Aimed at both new and seasoned professionals working in the process industries, this book guides readers on how to ensure their plants are applying the latest technologies to optimize operations.
Imagine if your process manufacturing plants were running so well that your production, safety, environmental, and profitability targets were being met so that your subject matter experts could focus on data-driven business improvements. Through proper use and analysis of your existing operations data, your company can become an industry leader and reward your stakeholders.
Written in an engaging and easily understandable manner, this book demonstrates a step-by-step process of how an organization can effectively utilize technology and make the necessary culture changes in order to achieve operational excellence. You will see how several industry leading companies have used an effective real-time data infrastructure for mission-critical business use cases. The book also addresses challenges involved, such as effectively integrating operational (OT) data with business (IT) systems to enable a more proactive, predictive management model for a fleet of process plants.
The Digital Transformation in the Process Industries book uses a story to discuss how a trilogy of people, business processes, and technologies, centered in data infrastructure, create a successful journey toward a company-wide digital transformation that begins at the local level.
The story begins when Vice President of Operations Bill Roberts hires Peter Argus to lead the company’s operational excellence program. Peter forms an interdisciplinary team (the Digital Transformation Team), who begin reviewing the business processes within the refinery and identifying the white spaces. They find data silos and business functions that are not collaborating as they could. Their data infrastructure system is broken and barely used.
The team focuses on reducing the variance gap between production execution and scheduling. Based on these findings, they develop a smart business template using the latest technologies. They transform data into inFORMation for people, business intelligence, and predictive analytics tools to make sense of the complicated and huge amounts of raw data. They find many hidden quantifiable production and consumable losses.
The results are awakening for management and represent an important business opportunity discovery by the Digital Transformation Team. The team receives permission to implement an enterprise industrial data infrastructure (EIDI) for the company. Through implementation, time, and maintenance costs are reduced company-wide. Management is fully convinced by the tangible results identified that this is a great business opportunity for their survival. They continue on their journey of creating innovative ways to improve business processes, new ways of using data, and giving people the necessary empowerment and skills.