Jakob Boelens on Digital Transformation

IIOT is changing the playing field. Technologies enable the radical improvement of asset reliability, predictive performance, and production optimization, the ultimate goal of Asset Performance Management (APM). But at the end of the day, even while we enter the age of machine learning and ever smarter technology, people have the final reponsibility and the need to be in control. Learn more about how to tackle the pitfalls of digital transformation in the industrial environment.

The human factor in APM is easy to overlook, but hard to overstate. We all need confident data engineers.

For truly rewarding APM results, the right people are needed. The notion that Industry 4.0 and APM 4.0 are mostly a technology push, is quite widespread but wildly mistaken. People take the final decisions, people have to work with the system, people gain the confidence to make changes in their daily routines, and people need the right guidance to make the most of APM.

Digital transformation must do's

APM 4.0 has quickly risen to be the latest and greatest. Everyone is talking about it, most feel the need to do something about it. No one wants to be last in their industry’s leap forward, as the digital transformation promises to create real value. I often see a good start making all the difference. In fact, it’s crucial to get the basics right before any investment in Industry 4.0.

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Industry 4.0 is not just a technology push

When it comes to industrial maintenance and capital-intensive assets, there has been a big shift from a rather generic approach to the potential for full control. This summer it is exactly three decades ago that the Piper Alpha oil rig disaster triggered my personal quest for a world in which incidents and accidents need not happen. Along the way, I’ve learned that simplicity is key, and that it takes real dedication to keep things simple.

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