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feature | industry views

Gary L. Parr
Editorial Director

Your Phone is

Your Monitor

Industry leaders see ever-increasing implementation and advancement of
mobile technology in the drive for safe, reliable, efficient operations.

MILLENNIALS, IIOT-BASED asset management, and the drive
to sustain safe, reliable, efficient equipment systems and operations
are all at the forefront of today's manufacturing environment. The
reliability professional's interface for all of this technology: mobile
devices and the ability to monitor operations around the clock,
regardless of location.
The demand for mobile access to asset information is only
going to increase as Baby Boomers retire. According to an Industry Week article ("Want to Attract Millennials in Manufacturing?
Make Mobility a Top Priority," Mark Holleran, Aug. 18, 2017), an
estimated 2.7-million jobs will be vacated through retirement by 2025.
In the same timeframe, the growth and advancement of industry is
expected to create an additional 700,000 jobs for skilled manufacturing.
According to the same article, while 77% of Millennials want greater
mobile connectivity in the workplace, only 44% of manufacturers support shop-floor access through mobile devices. Most still rely on paper
logs or stationary computers to manage everyday processes.
Is mobile technology on the minds of people who occupy executive
suites? According to research firm PwC's Global CEO survey (pwc.
com), manufacturing CEO top-technology priorities are:
 mobility (73%)
 cybersecurity (72%)
 data mining and analysis (70%).
How do those who are already delivering mobile technology to the
plant-reliability and efficiency space view this issue? This month we
asked four experts from leading companies in manufacturing mobility
to offer their thoughts. The questions:
 In what areas is mobile technology proving to be most effective?
 What is the biggest concern people have with mobile technology?

NOVEMBER 2017

An Enabling Technology
Jamie Froedge, Group President
Emerson Automation Solutions,
St. Louis, emerson.com

Mobile technology will make big
improvements in operations in
ways we are just starting to imagine. It is an enabling technology
that will deliver fundamental changes
to workflows and processes by improving
collaboration amongst local teams and global experts. Today, we're seeing its influence
prominently in reliability and operations.
Now an engineer or maintenance technician can receive alarms and data on their
smart phones and see the things an operator
can see, to ultimately resolve issues faster
and with more certainty. We're shortening
work processes, improving collaboration,
and eliminating physical and geographic
boundaries.
The most frequent conversation we have
with our customers about mobility involves
cybersecurity. It's a topic that's top of mind,
but by no means a barrier to adoption.
Cybersecurity is integrated into our mobile
solutions and not just how they handle data,
but how they work. Mobile solutions are
about ensuring that all levels of organizations can make effective, business-critical
decisions and that must be done securely.
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