Tag "Smart data"

Digital Transformation – more than just a technological change

According to a Deloitte study, only about a quarter of the 100 companies surveyed in Germany have implemented a company-wide AI strategy. In an international comparison, this is a rather low figure – here the share is already 35 percent – although the use of artificial intelligence cannot be equated with digital transformation. However, it is of great and important importance, so that the conclusions of the study are also representative for the digital transformation.

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When music streaming meets crude oil

The digitalization of music has forced an entire industry to make a drastic change, which with new business models, especially streaming, has again developed into a growth market in recent years. Let’s remember a little backwards: Filesharing services were initially very popular. Wouldn’t it have a certain charm to get the music directly from the artist and pay him and all those involved quickly and fairly? But how can the integrity of such a software system be guaranteed? The blockchain can make an important contribution to this – also in all areas of the economy, where numerous ideas for new business models are developed and tested against this background.

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Digital Transformation: Can there only be one?

Although the digital transformation in the process industry is facing a significant change, there is still the view in some places that the change in technology, processes and business methods can be carried out using tried and tested methods. Some defend the respective historically grown areas and solutions. However, the implementation of digitization projects is a highly interdisciplinary task, and it affects all areas of the company.

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Assistance systems 3 – The “signpost” & the “predictor”

Can you do that? Is there? Surely both production managers and plant operators have already asked themselves these questions. To become more concrete: You, as a production manager, have experienced plant operators and you know that you have taken good care of your control and alarm strategy. Functional safety is also up to date. You won’t burn anything. Nevertheless, something is bothering you: No matter how stable and safe your system is, you don’t really know how efficiently it drives. Isn’t there the famous “grain” left in it?
Or let’s put ourselves in your place as a plant operator: you have been operating your plant for years and know it well. From time to time she does her “talking tricks” and you don’t know why. Although you keep to the allowed temperature step in the reactor, it is about to go through or it is going through. Such an “early warning system” would be very practical. This runs in real time and warns you in advance that something is going to go wrong. Then you still have enough time to react accordingly. Something like a “process crystal ball” would be good. But is there such a thing?

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Assistance systems – 2. Electronic stability control

It’s desperate. The level in the column sump is simply unstable and fluctuates like a drunken sailor. The process control system (PCS) and the plant operator are constantly occupied with keeping these fluctuations under control to such an extent that the plant is at least running and no permanent alarm is triggered. And what have we not already tried everything. Tuning the control loops in the PLS, improving the instrumentation, looking for process or control connections that cause these problems and so on.

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Assistance systems – 1. Our little daily helpers

Even in the age of smartphones and the like, our car is one of our favourite technical toys. Whether for reasons of safety or comfort, more and more assistance systems have found their way into the process of driving a car – as in the process industry. The mini-series starting with this article deals with what assistance systems there are, what typical applications are and what benefits they bring.

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Hand in hand with the process data

Alarm! Is there now a hectic rush at the control station? Or does the operator lean back and relax, press a button to acknowledge the alarm and continue to sip the coffee he bought a minute ago?
Both are possible, both are interesting information – usually when it comes to alarm management for the analysis and reduction of alarms according to EEMUA 191, for example. But even at the beginning of a data analysis, a look at this data makes sense.

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May we invite you to lunch? And the unsuspecting colleague foots the bill…

Everyone knows the principle: Scanning a QR or barcode via smartphone can make many everyday processes easier – for example, when entering the cinema, checking in on an aircraft or paying for a flight. But this convenient technology also harbours security risks – a remarkable example from everyday life.

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Emotions out, data in – Big Data in sports

Big Data has long since arrived in the football world and it is impossible to imagine it without it. Space analyses, pass strength, how many opponents were killed with passes or dribblings – information that says much more than just possession of the ball and pass odds.

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SBA – an industry is changing

Whether automotive industry or process industry – the world is changing and new trends, technologies and business models will continue to prevail. Yokogawa’s answer to the (digital) change is Synaptic Business Automation (SBA) with its core element, the Value Creation Cycle.

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