Process Industry Trends: Viewpoints from senior engineers and managers at Rockwell Automation, National Instruments, Honeywell and Siemens suggest that the worlds of IT and data management will start to play a more significant role in the process industries during 2014:
Gareth Dean, UK sales director, Rockwell Automation
It’s an exciting time for anyone involved in industrial automation – and I’m looking forward to seeing how the most disruptive technologies are applied by the most forward thinking companies in 2014. In an industry full of buzz-words and phrases, one particular phrase has risen to the top and encompassed many of the trends of recent years. The Internet of Things (IoT) is far from simply the summit of progress in convergent technologies and connected components and the like.
Tristan Jones, regional marketing engineer, industrial & embedded systems, National Instruments UK & Ireland:
In industrial monitoring and control applications, engineers and scientists can collect vast amounts of data in short periods of time to address reliability, availability, serviceability and manageability (RASM) of costly assets. Large gas turbine manufacturers report that test data, from instrumented electricity generating turbines, generate over 10 terabytes of data per day.
Anand Vishnubhotla, leads the global center of excellence for intuition executive at Honeywell:
A key trend we are seeing this year is around making sense of all the data in a plant and across the enterprise, which is now a constant struggle for many operations. At manufacturing facilities, critical information is often scattered throughout a variety of databases, enterprise applications and operational systems in a wide range of formats. If this information does not come together in a meaningful way, the opportunity for plant and business personnel to collaborate and then take effective action is lost.
John Inskip, product specialist, Siemens Industry Drives
The major topics of 2014 likely to make a positive impact on the process industry will be centred around integrated drive systems (IDS). By using integrated drive technology we change how we traditionally perceive variable speed drives (VSDs). Rather than purely a ‘product’, they become much more - an intrinsic part of a fully integrated drive solution.
TECHNOLOGY - Industry must make the most of 'big data'