All industrial and manufacturing organizations, along with their partners and customers, are likely to be at a different stage of operational execution maturity, especially in light of their readiness for Industry 4.0. Some organizations might still be far away from being truly Industry 4.0 ready, while some might already be well connected and highly efficient.
From a strictly value chain perspective, integration of all stakeholders through a digital platform for increased collaboration and proper analysis of valuable information are the two main drivers.
Operational excellence in this regard can be viewed as the level to which Operations across the value chain are connected and how this connection contributes to the creation of value for all stakeholders.
The Operational Execution Maturity Model
An Incremental Journey to Operational Excellence with 100% Investment Protection
Operational excellence is not a destination, but a journey. There is no quick and easy way of achieving it. There are various ways and means to embark on the journey of operational excellence.
System Platform 2017 offers a winning strategy for your Operational Excellence journey - making sure that organizations within your company meet evolving business/ market demands with rapid change management and expansion capability.
A software framework that uses object-oriented control strategy, standardized process libraries and an architecture that can accommodate change and expansion is the key to reducing the total life cycle cost of ownership and future plant flexibility.
System Platform 2017 offers a phased approach in achieving excellence maturity, as lessons learned can be incorporated in the future stages and hence reduces the risk of failures. System Platform 2017’s approach enables organizations to succeed in one plant/area and then apply lessons learned as means of continuous process improvement to other plants/areas.
Level 1 – Reactive. Basic survival: paper focused/homegrown
Level 1 is where most systems get their start. At this level, "system" is a loose term for activities and applications that help a company survive rather than prosper. Initially, these systems start as paper-focused processes. Data collection and processes are manual using homegrown applications. Often, these applications are built by process engineers or operations personnel who dabble in programming. And when things go wrong, there is often only one person (the one who wrote the application or fully understands the process) who can fix it.
Systems at this level suffer from inefficiencies. Paper processes or homegrown applications focus on collecting information to help run the operation-not on making business decisions. The cost to manually gather and analyze data is a large part of the overall operational costs. Information is logged to paper, making it difficult to use including visibility to disparate information sources from the plant, compatibility with legacy systems and PLCs.
Few industrial plants have all of the same control devices.
System Platform 2017 offers unparalleled connectivity capabilities, that can be used equally well with any PLC, control system or device.
Our focus on making the world's best industrial software allows us to connect and work with all of the systems in real world facilities: the old and the new and regardless of hardware vendor.
- Real-time Operational Visibility
- Eliminate the manual paper-based collection and automate gathering real-time data from the shop floor
In my next series of blog posts, I will explain level 2 to 5.
- Level 2 - Prepared. Improved efficiency: focused data systems
- Level 3 - Consistent. Competitive advantage: centralized data repository
- Level 4 - Reinforced. Optimized resources: standard metrics and actionable rules
- Level 5 - Proactive. Highly mature enterprise: automated decision-making
For additional reading: The business value of good user experience in HMI SCADA using Wonderware System Platform 2017