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Asset Intelligence: Get It Sooner Than You Think

By Tarang Waghela
15-02-2021 | 4 min read

Change is hard won in most asset-intensive industries.

Freeing up the capital to make a change is only the start of what has traditionally been a multi-year journey for organizations before realizing benefits. Then the organization has, historically at least, had to invest years into the transformation before seeing value.

Yet with the pace of change today, asset-intensive industries can’t afford to rely on massive, long-term projects to achieve competitive advantage and solutions that integrate seamlessly and offer immediate benefit are needed.

Organizational challenges and perceptions: Too much data

Our asset-intensive customers are already facing many challenges.

Investing heavily, they have grown their asset base dramatically. At the same time, they are pressured to continue to offer high performance while reducing the costs of keeping their asset fleet operating efficiently. Meanwhile, data generation is growing at an unprecedented rate with the entire digital universe is expected to reach 44 zettabytes this year.

On an organizational level, figuring out how to capture and manage data from all critical assets can seem overwhelming and extremely time consuming.

But what might be overlooked is the tremendous opportunity for organizations to make great strides just by starting with the data they have today -which is most likely a treasure trove of information that can be leveraged for actionable intelligence.

Hitachi Energy’s Asset performance management (APM) solution can improve an organization’s decision-making and response times by analyzing existing asset data and employing predictive diagnostics that can be used to detect anomalies before they turn into an actual malfunction, as well as advanced prognostics capabilities that can help supply operators with the valuable “what if?”

This advanced APM approach is condition-based and can anticipate how an asset will fail and, more importantly, what will happen because of it.

Leveraging smart maintenance tools and improved data techniques, organizations can use prognostics to incorporate future equipment conditions into maintenance decisions.

A prognostics approach to APM allows organizations to arm their operators with objective foresight, leading to more insight about what to do before assets fail and how to adjust given those failures.

Accelerating the APM value timeline

The time from system implementation to time-to-value can be surprisingly short. A U.S. utility Ameren Illinois, worked with us to install an advanced APM solution and had portfolio analytics delivered within three months.

Specifically, this utility had more than 2,000 transformers loaded into the APM system within 90 days of installation. Key asset data was consolidated from multiple third-party enterprise systems, and continuous analysis of data in the cloud triggered automatic alerts, warnings, explanations and action recommendations which the utility had not had previously.

What is also important to note here is that organizations can adopt an incremental approach to APM starting with a particular asset class such as transformers and then expanding to other substation equipment, for example.

This incremental approach, while being more manageable is also more collaborative.

By breaking down silos within the organization, APM collaborative asset intelligence helps address the tremendous delays customers traditionally faced trying to manage and maintain different assets, across department groups, each with its own specialized system.

Enabling more than shared reporting, the Lumada  solutions bridges different systems to connect actions, allowing solution providers like us and our customers to identify errors and inconsistencies early and also flattening the traditionally steep learning curve for end users getting to know a new technology.

Current technology, combined with this incremental, collaborative approach is allowing organizations to realize tangible benefits from the start, eliminating the costs of the big bang projects of the past and waiting years to see value.

In today’s environment, it’s important for companies to innovate and adapt quickly and the organizations that do this best will see sustained success.

Lumada solutions’ flexible design supports asset-intensive organizations of all sizes, ranging from the largest and most complex operational environments to those that are implementing an asset management strategy for the first time.

With a combined technology heritage of over 250 years and the experience that comes with analyzing 1.8M assets in global production environments every day, we understand how to help customers navigate their complex asset challenges incrementally. Our customers average $9M in savings in their first year of APM implementation. We welcome the opportunity to work to help you achieve the same results.

Tarang Waghela
SVP - Digital Business
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Tarang Waghela is the SVP of the Digital Business, part of the Enterprise Software product group at Hitachi Energy and works with organizations all over the world to support them with their digital transformation journey. Tarang believes that automation supported by software can revolutionize industrial operations, create sustainable growth for organizations, and deliver value to all stakeholders. You can connect with him at LinkedIn.

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