4 Ways Real Time Alerts Are Revolutionising Manufacturing Operations

Real-time alerts integrate the micro- and macro- view of plant operations, so that both the operators on the floor and executives in the C-suite can optimise processes like never before. With accurate and timely information always at your finger-tips, you can focus on future-forward innovation, instead of struggling with age-old challenges. Here is how:

1. Real-Time Alerts Prevent Unplanned Downtime

Real-Time alerts prevent unplanned downtime by giving operators the information they need to proactively prevent and correct machine malfunctions. In the past, manufacturers relied on reactive repairs and maintenance schedules (created on a combination of experience, Tuesday morning reporting, and guesswork) to manage downtime. But routine maintenance is not cost-effective and can’t identify future issues that could cause equipment failure. And as a result, global process industries continue to lose about $20 billion in revenue a year due to unplanned downtime.

With little-to-no predictive data on why a machine or line is disrupting production, maintenance teams have no way to prevent downtime. They’re left to react to failures—and they have no way to prevent the same failure from occurring again.

With IoT-enabled real-time alerts, maintenance teams can easily create notifications to proactively monitor the plant floor. They can forecast maintenance needs based on real-time performance data—rather than rely on the churn of pre-determined maintenance schedules. This immediate awareness of machine issues, data connectivity, and device health prevents disruptive equipment failures. Instead of waiting for a machine to stop working, maintenance can quickly access and analyze their real-time alerts to identify potential root causes, troubleshoot, and fix the issue before it turns into downtime.

2. Real-Time Alerts Increase Product Quality and Process Innovation

By helping you troubleshoot, correct, and innovate in real-time, real-time alerts increase product quality and process innovation. Production processes are intricate and multi-faceted, often consisting of a long chain of separate—and individually complex—activities. Because of this, operators are often unaware of production issues until a cycle is complete and it’s too late to correct product quality. Time and money is wasted, scrap is needlessly created, and customer deadlines are impacted.

Operators who get alerts in real-time can act in real-time—preventing waste and quality degradation at the end of a production cycle. They can troubleshoot an issue’s root cause, create new alerts that monitor different influencing factors, analyse their production processes, test hypotheses, and adjust based on different results. They can even evolve their alerts on the fly to ensure that the right information is being measured by the right person.

Real-time alerts not only identify inefficiencies in the moment, but also help operators record historical data—creating a reliable trend knowledge-base for faster prevention of future problems.

But real-time alerts don’t need to only focus on what’s going wrong. Operators can create notifications built on production KPIs, asset output, environmental factors, and almost any other measurable metric. By highlighting high performance thresholds, operators can then duplicate those trends across other equipment, lines, and factories.

3. Real-Time Alerts Improve Communication and Safety Awareness

Real-Time Alerts improve communication and safety awareness by enabling you to proactively correct compliance anomalies and environmental, health, and safety risks.With real-time alerts, operations that fall outside of safety tolerances and compliance specifications are caught and corrected immediately. Machine safety; threshold compliance; personnel health risks—alerts can be customized to immediately inform the correct person of any issue, at any time. That person can then address the alert and maintain a real-time pulse on the issue.

Hazard communication is streamlined and safety ownership is clarified, so all parts of the enterprise are aware of micro- and macro-compliance and safety issues. In addition to safety and compliance awareness, real-time alerts improve overall connectivity and communication across both the local and global enterprise. With PLCs, OPC servers, sensors, and other assets all connected and monitored through integrated alerts, anyone, anywhere can know everything. There’s no confusion about who saw what notification or who owns an alarm. Instant alerts enable holistic device-to-person communication—and alerts can even monitor that communication itself through connectivity-based notifications. This accurate and reliable communication creates more accurate and reliable decision-making.

4. Real-Time Alerts Provide an Advantage Over Your Competition

Real-Time alerts provide an advantage over your competition by giving your organisation more market-place flexibility. The benefits of an integrated, real-time alert-informed enterprise go beyond operational improvements. One huge, immeasurable benefit lies in gaining a competitive advantage. Real-time alerts mean real-time agility—both in the immediate and in the long-term, as IoT-enabled alerts lower the cost of business in numerous large-scale ways. For example, proactively maintained machines don’t wear out as quickly—meaning fewer repairs and fewer replacement costs over time and more employees freed up for more productive work. Less routine maintenance and increased workforce agility empowers operators to try new, market-leading innovations in process and products.

And as all people, systems, and assets become more efficient, innovative, and informed, they become better positioned to gain huge strides against competition and across the industry.

Your factory doesn’t look anything like the ones that first brought in the Industrial Revolution—so why do you struggle with the same stressful issues that kept your predecessors up at night? Get ahead by staying proactive, agile, and informed through real-time alerts.

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