The webinar Managing Aging Automation was held on the 29th of September 2020. Industry 4.0 is everywhere now. Everything seems connected or automated these days. But all industries are not that far yet. There are even some companies just starting Industry 3.0. During this interactive webinar, we discussed the topic ‘how far are we, and what is all possible’?
After a short introduction by chairman Mark Oosterveer (Programme Manager at iTanks), the floor was turned over to Ron Verleun, Commercial Manager at Kuijpers. Ron gave, among other things, insight into the life cycle of components and their influence on useful life. In large lines, each component has a service life that is built from development, commercial availability, announcements, and is available as a spare part/service part. When you look at a random automated machine, then the control is made up of many components, each with their own aging timetable.
Peter Goeijenbier (from SupportPoints): “What makes Managing Aging Automation different from more recent automation?” The answer can be found in managing the differences. These differences are not the same and are different for each system. Ultimately, the management of automation is based on a couple of pillars: knowledge and management. The knowledge part is Aging Automation’s weak spot. Something true in daily practice that still has too little use made of its potential. It uses the new insights and possibilities to solve the old problems, as well as the new problems.
His advice, ”Introduce the need for a knowledge map, create a matrix with your equipment and what knowledge is required for this.” Do you have your knowledge up-to-date and available? Which brings me to the last point; do you want to depend on your continuity off of a person? Get the risk-knowledge mapping, don’t get caught, create the matrix, and formulate scenarios.
Jacqueline de Waal (Lifecycle Services Business Manager at Emerson Automation) talked about how long process automation can be maintained and provided by a supplier. Lifecycle services: ‘Everything relevant in the lifespan is for a DSC system. The core of the objective is to be within the period of the operations of your DSC system that continues to demonstrate what is the added value of your system, that you keep optimizing, and keep trying to get value from the system. Besides, it is also important that you look at the activities that extend the lifespan.