Chemical manufacturing is an intensely competitive industry. Chemical manufacturers focus on two major things: first, drive new value into their enterprise and second, explore opportunities to recover lost value in current operations by unscheduled downtime and reducing waste. As a consequence, the chemical manufacturing industry is turning to digital transformation.
The rapid adoption of IIoT enables chemical manufacturers to rapidly identify new ways to bridge the OT/IT gap for supporting enterprise-wide initiatives such as cost reduction, improved safety, streamlined regulatory compliance, and nimble product lifecycle management (PLM).
Let us look at some of the benefits of digital transformation in manufacturing:
Regulatory Compliance Streamlined
Keeping up with manufacturing regulations is of the utmost importance for chemical manufacturers. Regulatory and safety guidelines are continuously changing. However, it can be difficult for manufacturers to keep pace with procedural development as well as operator and maintenance engineer training. But digital transformation is enabling manufacturers to welcome new technology that helps workforces overcome these challenges. Technology deployed through digital transformation initiatives would lead to improved compliance. They can also deliver better quality, best practices, and operational procedures training for operators, as well as standardize compliance practices across multiple sites. Digital transformation helps make sure that irrespective of the regulatory body an enterprise adheres to, the enterprise and its employees have access to the information they require to maintain compliance in real-time.
Virtual and augmented reality technology provides easy-to-follow, real-time, visual, step-by-step operating procedures as well as key messages to operations personnel. This reduces human error and also helps operators to reach appropriate equipment for performing specific tasks. AR solutions provide information on present hazards at the operator’s location, giving the operator critical information. Operator training is accelerated by enabling operators to perform new tasks as well as maintain products utilizing the technology’s visual instructions. This allows for compliance standardization across functional teams, processes, and sites.