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8 INTECH NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG F ieldComm Group has launched its product registry and online reposi- tory—updating the previously stand- alone HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus product registries. It provides a unified tool to obtain the latest device files and provides online access to APIs that host system manu- facturers can tap for built-in real-time access to the latest versions of EDDs and FDI Device Product registry and online repository Industrial companies using safety to increase profitability automation update | News from the Field This content is courtesy of I ndustrial companies are using safety to not only mitigate risks, but also to improve productivity and profitability, according to a survey by LNS Research. The survey finds organizations are using the three core elements of safety ma - turity—safety culture, procedures, and technologies—to avoid safety incidents and improve business performance. In addition, risk management increasingly includes both safety and security risks. From a culture standpoint, the survey found that organizations in which environ- mental health and safety (EHS), operations, and engineering collaborate to improve all aspects of safety reported a median incident rate 15 percent lower than those without this collaboration. Organizations with cross- functional safety collaboration also had a 12 percent better on-time delivery perfor- mance. On the technology side, 75 percent of industrial companies said they have seen operational improvements from the use of advanced safety technology. Similarly, 60 percent of respondents said they have seen financial improvements resulting from the use of advanced safety technology. The survey results also support original equipment manufacturers building safer machines, as 20 percent of respondents said they are willing to pay a premium for increased safety performance. While the survey results confirm that many industrial companies are improv- ing safety maturity, they also identify areas where manufacturers are falling short. Culture: About half of respondents (49 percent) claim that safety is viewed as a core value in all levels of their organization. How- ever, only 19 percent said their organization has C-level commitment to make the nec- essary investments in safety. This disconnect indicates that many companies do not have a culture that is fully supportive of safety. Ad ditionally, only one in four respondents said their EHS, operations, and engineering EHS teams effectively collaborate to improve all aspects of safety. Technologies: Almost half of respondents said top challenges to improving EHS perfor- mance included disparate systems and data sources. Meanwhile, almost two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said they have not implemented dedicated EHS software. This indicates there is a big opportunity for com- panies to use modern information-manage- ment technology to better manage safety performance. Only 24 percent of respondents said they use lockout/tagout alternatives to improve operational performance. And even fewer (11 percent) said their organization is us ing industrial IoT technologies to holistically manage operations and safety. However, 20 percent said they will start using indus- trial IoT technologies this way in the next 12 months, and 17 percent said they will require that new equipment be smart and connected within that same time period. Procedures: Widely adopted standards call for a life-cycle approach to risk manage- ment, which can help companies address risks in their equipment and production from design to retirement. However, only 28 per cent of respondents said they use such an approach. What is more, only 27 percent of respondents said they use a life-cycle ap- proach to safety-system management. n Increased industrial IoT sophistication this year A ccording to an IFS research study of 200 North American executives, industrial compa- nies achieved substantial year-over-year gains in Internet of Things (IoT) usage. Executives at respondent companies, ranging from manufacturers to oil and gas companies, are collecting more data from connected devices, integrating it with other systems in new ways, and making IoT more central to their busi- nesses. The study shows: n There has been an increase of 17 percent in companies collecting IoT data on entire work cells or produc- tion lines rather than individual ma- chines or machine components. This enables more advanced use cases, which helps explain a 30 percent in- crease in use of IoT to support asset performance management. n Respondents using IoT to monitor their customer equipment saw a 10 percent increase, potentially signaling transformational approaches to field service management. n Despite these advances, the percent- age of respondents who have inte- grated IoT data streams with their en- terprise resource planning software hovers at 16 percent. This reluctance may represent a barrier to leveraging IoT to deliver new business models or revenue opportunities. n Packages for field devices. The release comes as the organization simplifies the experience users have with industrial standards. The product registry includes text search capabilities; advanced filtering by application and FDI; mobile-friendly func - tionality; a unified registry for FF, HART and FDI; and full device versioning sup - port in EDD downloads (all registered ver- sions provided in a single download). The repository provides a cloud-based system with REST APIs, a single source for registered EDDs and FDI device packages ir- respective of vendors and protocols, the abil- ity to update hosts and handhelds automati- cally or by manual trigger through the cloud, streamlined device revision manage ment, and push notifications for available updates. n

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