Part 18 – Make the Right decisions in Digital Transformation

With many choices in front of you, the subject of Digital Transformation can be daunting. When considering the associated costs involved, making the right choices in the current economic climate is of paramount importance.

The first and best step you can take is to select a System Integrator (SI) with the correct philosophy, skillset, and partners to consult on your needs and identify your most significant opportunities for future growth and continual improvement.

Continue reading “Part 18 – Make the Right decisions in Digital Transformation”

Part 17 – How Standards Drive Digital Transformation

In the 80s, ISO 9000 (and BS5750 in Britain) came to the fore to create standards for quality management. The standardisation process strove to introduce methods for continual improvement and ensure consistency and quality. As time moved on, throughout the 90s and 00s, standards have been applied to manufacturing settings more and more, beginning with S88, which governs batch control processes, followed by S95, which defines plant structure to support enterprise asset models. 

Continue reading “Part 17 – How Standards Drive Digital Transformation”

Part 16 – How to Implement IT Compliant OT

As manufacturing operations adopt more intelligent systems, we’ve seen control systems, equipment, and networks rebranded as Operational Technology (OT). With this has come a change in approach from IT departments, who for decades wanted nothing to do with the weird and wonderful equipment that populated the OT space. While keeping the operational world at arm’s length was possible for IT in the past, they are now converging at such a pace and in a way that is impossible, or even perilous, to ignore.

Continue reading “Part 16 – How to Implement IT Compliant OT”