Industrial software firm Aveva the role of its “Connected Worker” in enabling digital solutions to optimize business returns in a post-pandemic world.
Connected Worker technology leverges artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in industrial operations. However, Aveva also emphasize the need to empower the people to help drive operational improvements in reliability, availability, consistency, and sustainability.
The connected workforce is now becoming the agent of change. As operations become more and more autonomous, ensuring the reliability and safe operation of critical assets with minimal supervision is vital.
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“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,” said Kim Custeau, head of Asset Performance Management. “Cloud, industrial IoT, Artificial Intelligence, (AI ) and data & analytics will drive real-time business outcomes such as efficiency, availability, sustainability and profitability.”
Personnel on the shop floor and in the field will need more guidance and aids, as deep expertise becomes scarce. Advanced machines are developing core competencies around human needs. ‘The ‘Connected Worker’s’ focus today, 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 attain the true full value potential of digital transformation programs.
Digital Twin solution
Aveva’s digital twin solution provides data discovery and navigation through an intuitive web-based user interface with built-in 1D, 2D and 3D visualization. The technology also delivers in-depth asset information which greatly enhances decision-making, 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.
“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,” Custeau said. “These capabilities combine to create a holistic ‘digital twin’ — which maps comprehensive physical and behavioral attributes of assets — to simulate, evaluate, predict and prescribe.”
According to Custeau, industrial IOT has created the opportunity to access unprecedented amounts of data from connected assets. With improvements in connectivity and data security, historical barriers are being lowered and the advantages of cloud deployments are being realized.
“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,” she said.