The link between automation KPIs and enterprise KPIs

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This White Paper presents case studies that demonstrate how improved control system KPIs directly drive improved corporate KPIs, and how managing these factors can ensure better performance of the long-term measures.

By John Gerry, PE, and George Buckbee, PE

ENTERPRISE KEY Performance Indicators, or KPIs, measure the goals of business and help management to allocate resources. Process & Control KPIs measure the effectiveness of the process and the control system, and help plant-floor personnel to allocate their resources. When the process is running well, Control System KPIs improve, and enterprise KPIs improve. Driving Automation KPIs to their optimum in turn drives Enterprise KPIs toward management goals.

Enterprise KPIs, while highly meaningful, reflect longer-term results, and can not be manipulated directly. Control system KPIs are shorter term indices that can be directly managed on a daily basis.

Maintain a smooth-running process by managing Control System KPIs, and you will drive unit-operation, plant, and enterprise KPIs to new highs. Maintaining short-term KPIs is very similar to maintaining performance of an automobile or an airplane. What you desire is high fuel efficiency and high reliability. But you can not easily make direct adjustments to these KPIs. Instead, you can make adjustments to compression, fuel mix, operating procedures, and tire pressure to ensure that short-term process performance will be optimized. Managing these factors ensures better performance of the long-term measures.

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