IIOT create digital enterprises - ARC Advisory India Forum

IIOT to create digital enterprises - ARC Advisory India Forum

10:28 AM, 7th July 2017
IIOT to create digital enterprises - ARC Advisory India Forum

BANGALORE, INDIA: “Industry in Transition: Realising the Digital Enterprise” was the theme at the 15th India Forum of the ARC Advisory Group, where more than 150 delegates got together to discuss their Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT) implementations.

The two-day forum saw keen participation from both the process and discrete industries. Held on 6 & 7 July, in Bengaluru, India, the conference created a common platform for end users, technology solution providers and global industry thought leaders from across the nation.

Industry 4.0: Industry in Transition

Globally manufacturing industries are going through a change with Industry 4.0 and IIOT. The industry is moving towards digitised automation to implement greater flexibility, better maintenance and optimise the overall manufacturing yield. Organisations are also using artificial intelligence at a dynamic level for asset management, proactive maintenance, asset performance modelling, advanced data visualisation and transforming the entire industrial ecosystem.

“ARC believes that the collaborative process models will make IIOT a reality. Currently, the industry is seeing an emergence of many mega trends. One needs to decide whether they want to be a laggard or a part of it,” said G Ganapathiraman, VP & GM India, ARC Advisory Group.

At the forum, the global technology solution providers discussed the latest technological advancement, which in turn is changing the manufacturing scenario across the world. Giving a real-time perspective, Indian manufacturers gave an idea wherein the global solutions can be adopted in the Indian manufacturing environment.

As a common ground, the forum had a range of industry sectors discussing the need for Indian companies to be a part of the global transition towards Industry 4.0.

“Digital is the way forward. However, there is a lot that needs to be done, to get there and the need is to keep our doors ajar to embrace change,” said M S Niranjan, director of engineering, research and development, NASSCOM.

Companies such as Seimens, Bentley, Emerson Automation Solutions, Infor, NASSCOM, IBM, B&R Automation, STEAG, Aditya Birla Group, ADA discussed the latest technologies in the global market driving industries towards Industry 4.0 and incorporating this transformation in existing systems.

Various other Indian companies such as Reliance, HPCL, NTPC, Bharat Forge, Ace Micromatic, DSM Shriram etc spoke about the problems faced while implementing these new age technologies for their operations. But the discussion on benefits to be gained in the overall process management and production optimization with these technologies made the presentations valuable.

“Indian chemical industry is on the right path to adopt IIOT for its process and systems. Some of the major companies like ONGC, Reliance etc have already adopted IIOT for their operations and that can act as a motivation for other companies. Although, it might be a slow transition, it is bound to happen,” said Anne-Marie Walters, global marketing director, Bentley Systems.

“One of the solutions can be to go ahead with baby steps to digitalize the age-old plants,” said Sunil Mohan Jadekar, chief manager ­– CES, HPCL Mumbai Refinery.

At the end, the 15th India Forum got all managers thinking about the various steps that they had to take to implement IIOT and make a meaningful difference for their operations.

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