“Today’s integrated operations go above and beyond what has been the traditional realm of process control,” says Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer of Emerson Process Management, a unit of St Louis, Illinois-based Emerson Electric Company. “We think there are three big ideas at the heart of II Ready or not, here it comes it. The first is pervasive sensing. You can get more and more data points than ever before. “Second, integrated operations means multiple disciplines can analyse and discuss data from the plant together, not just one discipline at a time. And third is the realm of big data and equally big analytics.”
In a survey of manufacturers conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, "86% say that during the last two years they have significantly increased the amount of production and quality control data stored for analysis. Nearly twothirds say they use sensor-generated data from networked machines—an essential element of the integrated factory—and 20% say they plan to use data from networked production machinery. Equally telling, two-thirds of those surveyed say they also use sensor-generated data from external sources, off their shop floor, for comparison purposes—a move into the more complex and analytically difficult world now generally called “big data”.
The data to the right, is from a survey titled "In which of the following areas do you see greater volumes of data yielding the biggest gains?" Respondents to the survey conducted see product quality management as the area in which greater volumes of data are most likely to make the biggest difference. Nearly three-quarters (72%) pick this in their top three business areas likely to see gains from more data, a much larger proportion than for any of the other areas and 28 percentage points more than the proportion picking process controls, the number-two area of potential gains Select the top three.
This article and survey have been referenced from 'The Economist Intelligence Unit' July 2014)
Machine data is used as a post process tool to identify anything from line faults to process improvements, and can take days to months to complete
Based on concept developed by Richard Hackathorn, Bolder Technology