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ISA INTECH STAFF CHIEF EDITOR Bill Lydon PUBLISHER Rick Zabel PRODUCTION EDITOR Lynne Franke ART DIRECTOR Colleen Casper SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Pam King GRAPHIC DESIGNER Lisa Starck CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Charley Robinson ISA PRESIDENT Brian J. Curtis PUBLICATIONS VICE PRESIDENT James F. Tatera EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN Steve Valdez GE Sensing Joseph S. Alford PhD, PE, CAP Eli Lilly (retired) Joao Miguel Bassa Independent Consultant Eoin Ó Riain Read-out, Ireland Vitor S. Finkel, CAP Finkel Engineers & Consultants Guilherme Rocha Lovisi Bayer Technology Services David W. Spitzer, PE Spitzer and Boyes, LLC Dean Ford, CAP Westin Engineering David Hobart Hobart Automation Engineering Smitha Gogineni Midstream & Terminal Services Perspectives from the Editor | talk to me INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 7 IoT, Industry 4.0, finding value? By Bill Lydon, InTech, Chief Editor are significantly less expensive and are flex- ible, easy to use, and open architectures. Finding value Users I have talked with who have success- fully applied new technologies first learn and understand the new technologies and then rethink manufacturing operations. The analysis reviews how new technology could be used to improve production/pro- cess flow and improve lean manufacturing methods. This leads to new ideas and ap- plications that improve productivity, up- time, quality, other success factors. Automation professionals In this new environment many higher- level management teams are getting the message that the application of technol- ogy and change are required to be suc- cessful in the future. This creates great opportunities for automation profession- als to show how they can add value in the organization. Automation profession - als applying good system analysis to un - derstand their manufacturing and process are in the best position to propose appli- cations leveraging new technologies. Creating proposals for small pilot projects to determine the value of new technology and concepts is a good way to accomplish this. Key points in a pilot project proposal: n problem to be addressed or improve- ment desired n goal(s) of the pilot project n technology to pilot n questions to be answered by the ex- ecution of the pilot project n pilot project description n resources needed n cost/benefits analysis n projection of benefits if successful and broadly deployed In addition to their day-to-day functions, helping the organization move forward and improve is an important way automa- tion professionals contribute value. n I have already attended four industry conferences in 2018, including one in Germany, and the intensity of applica- tion of Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, and related technological innova- tions to improve manufacturing contin- ues to grow. Common themes presented refer to industry studies that indicate: n applying these technologies will signifi- cantly improve productivity and quality n manufacturing executives believe new technologies need to be implemented to remain world-class competitors n manufacturing executives believe they have done little to apply these tech - nologies As I talk to industrial automation users, these themes sound reasonable. Many have told me their management groups have been asking them what the company should be doing relative to IoT and Industry 4.0—a great opportunity for automation profession - als. This has empowered automation people to learn about these technologies and, in some cases, launch small pilot projects. Vendors with new technologies to offer are certainly trying to create a sense of ur- gency among potential buyers to sell their products. An interesting phenomenon has been vendors asserting that they have been doing IoT for years with their existing prod- ucts. Functionally this may be valid, but the implementations have been expensive, in flexible, difficult to use, and closed archi- tectures. New IoT technologies, in contrast, Users I have talked with who have successfully applied new technologies first learn and understand the new technologies and then rethink manufacturing operations.

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