“Doing it in Stages”, an article in the October edition of Specialty Chemicals Magazine, details the specialty chemicals company Albemarle and their journey to manufacturing intelligence. The piece takes a close look at the benefits of their systematic approach to achieving manufacturing intelligence as they moved from the pre-purchase/evaluation and pre-implementation stages through to implementation and finally post implementation.
Manufacturers are swimming—some say drowning—in data. There are multiple types of production equipment and processes, each with its own proprietary database. There are thousands of data points contained in data silos, data in itself isn't the problem. What keeps manufacturers up at night is how to integrate, analyze, understand and act it.
ARC Advisory Group has released a new report, "Process Historians Moving Rapidly Toward CPAS Vision". The report examines the industry need and desire to move toward a Collaborative Process Automation System as the core of their manufacturing systems: "They want to be able to harvest any relevant information assets without boundaries in real time and work collaboratively with business counterparts and colleagues at their sites and in other plants us