AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, emphasized the importance of the ‘Connected Worker’ in enabling digital solutions to optimize business returns in a post-pandemic world. It is now more important than ever to keep frontline industrial workers safe while also ensuring business continuity and operational resilience. Connected Worker technology, for example, assists many company customers in maintaining critical operations and keeping workers safe while saving businesses time and money. Those who have not digitized their operations will struggle because of the pandemic's demand for social distancing and remote work.
Emphasizing on the business drivers for digital transformation that have evolved significantly since the onset of the pandemic a year ago, Kim Custeau, Head, Asset Performance Management, AVEVA, said, “With remote teams requiring better context to supervise operations, collaborate and make decisions, there is a heightened need for better visualization and contextual analysis of operating information across the enterprise.” She further added, “Cloud, industrial IoT, Artificial Intelligence, (AI) and data & analytics will drive real-time business outcomes such as efficiency, availability, sustainability and profitability.”
Leveraging Digital Twin Technologies
The implementation of AI and machine learning (ML) in industrial operations will not transform businesses on its own; therefore, enterprises must empower their people to help drive operational improvements in reliability, availability, consistency, and sustainability. The connected workforce is now a change agent and as operations become more autonomous, it is critical to ensure the dependability and safe operation of critical assets with minimal supervision.
Personnel on the shop floor and in the field will require more guidance and aid as deep expertise becomes limited. Human needs are driving the development of core competencies in advanced machines. Today, the focus of the ‘Connected Worker' is on considering the needs of the human behind the ‘working asset,’ and this has grown to become part of the engaged workforce that will achieve the true full value potential of digital transformation programs.
Artificial Intelligence-Infused Solutions
“As companies turn to AI across every operational task and process, then inference, prediction, guidance and adaptation to dynamic conditions become imperatives. AVEVA is already infusing AI into every aspect of our portfolio,” explained Custeau. “These capabilities combine to create a holistic ‘digital twin’ – which maps comprehensive physical and behavioral attributes of assets – to simulate, evaluate, predict and prescribe.”
The company's digital twin solution facilitates data discovery and navigation via an intuitive web-based user interface with built in 1D, 2D, and 3D visualization. The technology also provides detailed asset information which greatly improves decision-making by allowing anyone across the business to view data about the asset in the context of the physical asset itself and its connectivity in the plant.
Elaborating on the industrial IOT, which has created the opportunity to access unprecedented amounts of data from connected assets and with improvements in connectivity and data security, historical barriers are being lowered and the advantages of cloud deployments are being realized, Custeau, added, “It is the visual and human aspects of AI that will drive the industrial software revolution. The Digital Twin and Connected Worker will accelerate time to value, and the significant benefits of Cloud and AI are becoming a reality.”
IMAGE: Kim Custeau, Head, Asset Performance Management, AVEVA
Image Source: AVEVA Group PLC