Yokogawa's Perspective on the Sustainable Connected Industrial Enterprise

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By ARC Advisory Group

Keywords

Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), People and Things, Smart Devices, Cloud, Operational Excellence, Digital Craftmanship, Asset Monitoring, Sushi Sensor, Co-innovation

 

Summary

ARC Advisory Group has been closely following the trend toward more open, standards-based automation systems for more than 25 years. This disruptive trend started when automation suppliers and end users began integrating information technology (IT) into their proprietary industrial automation systems. Today, with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the trend has taken an interesting twist; one with significant potential to help further improve both plant operations and overall business performance.

Now, in addition to incrementally integrating IT into their control systems and networks; automation suppliers are looking into how they can enable their mission-critical, real-time industrial automation systems and applications to securely collaborate with IIoT-connected smart devices, equipment, systems, and applications.

IIoT connects previously stranded data from smart sensors, equipment, and other industrial assets with predictive analytics and other advanced applications running both in-plant on edge computing devices and remotely “in the cloud.” Despite initial concerns, many companies now realize that, when properly implemented, internet-based technologies can provide appropriate security and availability. This further increases collaboration on the plant floor, throughout an industrial enterprise, and across a global value chain.

ARC has observed that an increasing number of manufacturers and other industrial end user organizations have been looking at the technologies to evaluate how IIoT-enabled solutions could be used to help solve specific problems in their own production operations, improve asset management, enhance their service delivery capabilities, and/or fine tune their supply chains. ARC consultants have been working closely with a number of leading technology end user companies across a variety of industrial sectors to do just this.

At the same time, most leading automation suppliers are actively identifying architectures, standards, and business models for deploying IIoT solutions that build on their own strengths in mission-critical, real-time operations. They are also identifying appropriate partners from the IT world and making strategic acquisitions to help them define, develop, and deploy those solutions. Yokogawa is one of those automation suppliers.

This second white paper builds on that report; providing an overview of how Yokogawa believes its customers can best prepare for and position themselves to benefit from IIoT-enabled technology and solutions and digitization in general to emerge as the successful connected industrial enterprises of the future.

As ARC learned in a recent series of briefings, Yokogawa believes that its unique strength in IIoT extends beyond its well-proven industrial automation technology and solutions to the company’s Japanese tradition of Takumi, or artisanal craftsmanship. This places it in an ideal position to help users move beyond conventional “analog craftsmanship” to develop and exploit their own “digital craftsmanship” through IIoT-enabled collaboration, analytics, and decision support.

This Yokogawa white paper presents an overview of what industrial organizations need to know to put themselves in the best possible position to leverage emerging IIoT technology, solutions, and approaches in conjunction with their current operational technology (OT) and information technology infrastructures. According to the company, connected industrial enterprises leverage IIoT to enable them to:

  • Autonomously resolve issues and achieve business objectives at both the plant and enterprise levels
  • Sustainably integrate people and things to enable value creation
  • Facilitate infrastructure and define co-innovation processes to successfully transition from conventional analog craftsmanship to digital craftsmanship

Industrial IoT Focus for Continuous Process Manufacturing Industries (Source: Yokogawa)
Industrial IoT Focus for Continuous Process Manufacturing Industries
(Source: Yokogawa)

IIoT Provides a Platform for the Connected Industrial Enterprise (Source: Yokogawa)
IIoT Provides a Platform for the Connected Industrial Enterprise
(Source: Yokogawa)

 

Industries

  • Biomass Power

    Biomass can help thermal power plants reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Yokogawa measurement and control technologies are used all over the world in many types of biomass power plants.

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  • Bulk & Petrochemical

    Whether you produce petrochemicals, inorganics or intermediates, chemical companies are under cost and margin pressures to deliver products in a timely and efficient manner while maintaining safe and compliant operations. Additionally, chemical companies need to adjust to fluctuating feedstock and energy prices and to provide the most profitable product mix to the market.

    Yokogawa has been serving the automation needs of the bulk chemical market globally and is the recognized leader in this market. With products, solutions, and industry expertise, Yokogawa understands your market and production needs and will work with you to provide a reliable, and cost effective solution through the lifecycle of your plant.

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  • Geothermal Power

    Environmentally friendly and stable geothermal energy can generate electricity throughout the years regardless of weather conditions. Yokogawa has participated in dozens of geothermal power projects in Japan, Southeast Asia, Africa and other regions, providing a variety of measurement and control technologies.

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  • Power

    In the mid 1970s, Yokogawa entered the power business with the release of the EBS Electric Control System. Since then, Yokogawa has steadfastly continued with the development of our technologies and capabilities for providing the best services and solutions to our customers worldwide.

    Yokogawa has operated the global power solutions network to play a more active role in the dynamic global power market. This has allowed closer teamwork within Yokogawa, bringing together our global resources and industry know-how. Yokogawa's power industry experts work together to bring each customer the solution that best suits their sophisticated requirements.

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  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable energy helps protect the environment and brings both society and industry closer to the goal of achieving sustainability. However, compared to conventional energy sources, there are certain challenges that stand in the way of its rapid adoption, such as higher production costs and greater instability in the supply of power to the grid. As a leading company in the control and instrumentation business, Yokogawa has always striven to help its customers in various industries achieve stable operations and improve productivity in their plants. We provide solutions for renewable energy applications worldwide, thus contributing to the sustainable development goals.

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  • Water & Wastewater

    Water resources are finite, and therefore contributing to a sustainable water cycle is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yokogawa has been providing advanced digital control solutions for the stable supply of clean and safe water, wastewater treatment for protecting the water environment, water loss management and optimization of plant operation for reducing CO2 emissions and running costs. With our leading-edge technologies, dependable products and extensive expertise and experience of diverse water projects around the world, we work with you to provide sustainable water solutions that boost your business and add value throughout the plant lifecycle.

    Yokogawa supports a wide range of water control applications in both the municipal and industrial water markets.

      

     

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    Yokogawa Cloud is a digital innovation platform to accelerate the development and deployment of industrial cloud applications. Yokogawa engineers platform applications and solutions on behalf of customers. It supports the ingestion, processing, and curation of data from various sources, provides industry-specific algorithms and models and integrates across applications to support insightful decision-making and higher levels of automation.

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