So far we have introduced the concept of smart manufacturing, building on the topics of network connectivity, smart devices and progression. The need to modernize aging equipment is usually the basis for action, but other events such as emerging projects could also spawn activity.
This post introduces a three-step, functional smart manufacturing process, to identify priority areas for action and plan for smart device standards of upgrade/replacement.
1. The Installed Base Evaluation (IBE)
The IBE is the blueprint for modernization. Get a handle on what you have in place — from opportunities to threats. IBEs come in a variety of flavors depending on who provides them and what the objectives are. The choice of IBE provider really comes down to objectives and hurdles. IBEs may target a system, subsystem, equipment grouping (i.e. PLC cabinets) or more broad portions of the entire electrical infrastructure.
2. The Smart Tech Review
Get a first-hand demo of the available technology based on the discovery from your IBE. Building on lessons learned from IBE activities, a good Smart Tech Review is a great intermediate step before actually specifying replacement technology.
3. Planning Your Progression for Modernization
Information and device-level planning templates to help you think through your requirements and set device standards. A progression plan typically spans multiple years and should define standards for actual device replacement for both large projects and incremental repair opportunities.
Our next post will discuss the IBE in more detail.