Digitalisation is a matter of survival, says Tariq Bakeer, regional managing director, Endress+Hauser Center East
I come from a telecommunications trade background the place the phrase digital has lengthy been the trade normal; laptop community protocols reminiscent of Ethernet and Wi-fi LAN in addition to cellular networks requirements reminiscent of GSM, GPRS and UMTS have been all primarily based on digital communication. It has been greater than 20 years since digital was already on the core of the telecommunications trade.
The automation trade however was extra conservative in adopting digital communication and all the advantages that include it. All through my journey on this trade over the previous 15 years, I’ve seen the introduction of many digital requirements reminiscent of FF, PROFIBUS and WirelessHART to combine the sphere transmitters with management/monitoring techniques. In my perspective, this had very restricted success by way of trade acceptance in addition to the purposes in use. Even the HART digital protocol, which got here as a regular protocol within the subject transmitters, was primarily used to configure and fee a tool moderately than to make larger worth information-based selections. Analogue stayed on the core of the automation trade.
I’m very proud to be working for an organization which is nicely forward of its time by way of understanding the energy of digitalisation and digital transformation and additional utilising it as a differentiator within the trade in particular purposes to create larger worth for our clients. As an illustration, for greater than 10 years, we’ve got addressed subjects reminiscent of conditional monitoring as technique of preventive upkeep for larger plant availability; digital sensors (Memosens expertise) in liquid evaluation which disrupted the standard analogue sensors and drastically improved the way in which we keep them; and HART communication on high of the tank as technique of security in tank gauging purposes, amongst many different improvements. Endress+Hauser has continuously constructed the structure and basis for digital transformation.
In the previous few years, the phrases digitalisation and digital transformation have gained momentum, and now it’s stronger than ever! They got here together with many terminologies reminiscent of Trade 4.0, IoT, M2M, Large Information and plenty of others. All of us began speaking about this, each most likely referring to one thing completely different relying on our backgrounds and understanding. It felt that each one industries have been merging collectively, and what was not related some years again, turned extremely related. This was, and possibly nonetheless is, an amazing matter and expertise.
The way in which I outline digitalisation at this time goes manner past the essential connectivity and the communication which has already existed for a few years. I’d outline it primarily based on the added worth it brings and the methods it has drastically and positively modified:
1. The way in which we work together with each other: whether or not with a buyer, a companion or a colleague, digital transformation makes us extra environment friendly, extra collaborative and definitely extra out there. COVID-19 taught us a lesson on how essential this worth is.
2. The way in which we make selections: whether or not that is to optimise a course of, proactively predict and forestall or a go/no go for an funding, digitalisation permits us to higher utilise the info and make extra clever, knowledgeable and even quicker selections.
Consequently, I categorise the digitalisation matter as a survival matter, for people in addition to for companies alike. It’s a long-term sport. Adopting, adapting and managing digital transformation will determine which companies survive and thrive and which don’t.