Emerson Process Management introduced its Integrated Operations Initiative to address customers' needs for streamlined decision-making, easily accessible expertise and the safe, collaborative collocation of essential personnel.
According to Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer for the company, running safe, profitable production operations is becoming increasingly challenging in the locations their customers are working in.
"These locations are sometimes referred to as 'the Four D's': dull, distant, dirty and dangerous," said Zorni. "These are often places few people want to go. The cost and scarcity of skilled workers just compounds their challenges."
To overcome these challenges and improve operational effectiveness, manufacturers are turning to a new model called Integrated Operations (iOps). While implementations vary, key ingredients include: collocation of cross-functional teams in more desirable locales, collaboration tools like video conferencing and other applications, real-time access to process and asset data and streamlined decision making workflows.
To accelerate industry realization of the benefits iOps can provide, Emerson has developed three distinctive offerings in its Integrated Operations Initiative:
- The industry's most comprehensive and scalable automation architecture
- A real-world lab to experience Integrated Operations, called the iOps Center
- Consulting services to help customers envision, plan and execute their own iOps strategy