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Sajiv Nath

MD

Yokogawa India

DIGITALISATION Digital transformation has gone from good-to-have to must-have

Dec 13, 2018

Sajiv Nath, MD, Yokogawa India, in this interview with Juili Eklahare, discusses how organisations in industrial automation need to address the general resistance to change, and elaborates on Yokogawa’s role in the Water Information Management System (WIMS) in Rajasthan. Excerpts…

What are the latest trends and developments in the industrial automation & control technologies for high efficiency, high quality, and safe & stable plant operations? How is your company contributing towards these trends?

The very purpose of industrial automation is rapidly changing, in order to keep pace with the 4th industrial revolution. Interconnectivity and information transparency, being major design principles of Industry 4.0, Big Data analytics and cloud computing are paramount. Enabling technologies, such as, ubiquitous sensing, predictive analytics and Machine Learning are already available. However, there are head-winds like IT security issues, which are greatly aggravated by the inherent need to open up those previously closed production shops. Organisations also need to work to augment adequate skill-sets and most importantly, address the general resistance to change. We already possess strong IT knowledge and now, combined with that, we are ready to serve our customers to adopt complete digital transformation.

Digital transformation is changing every facet of how manufacturing businesses operate today. What are the initiatives from Yokogawa in this area?

Markets are shifting their focus from ad-hoc optimisation to continuous process optimisation, while digital transformation has reached a state from good-to-have to must-have. Yokogawa is developing solutions that utilise digital technologies to optimise and automate companies' business processes. These solutions will help to optimise the supply chain and manage organisational risks so as to ensure safe and profitable operations. Also, the operations management software developed by Yokogawa, digitises a wide variety of information for sharing among plant operators and managers.

How ready are Indian factories, according to you, to adapt to advanced technologies like Industry 4.0, IIoT, etc.?

IIoT revolution is being heralded by Make in India, Industrial 4.0, and smart factories that are equipped to support IIoT evolution. Having said that, IIoT is all set to change the face of manufacturing by enabling the acquisition accessibility of an enormous amount of data at far greater speeds and more efficiently than before. A number of innovative companies have started Industry 4.0 initiatives and are driving IIoT projects to make their factories ‘smart’.

The State Government of Rajasthan recently entrusted Yokogawa India with the implementation and maintenance of a centralised water information management system in Jaipur, as part of the Smart Cities Mission. Can you give us more details on this?

The Water Information Management System (WIMS) initiative aims to establish a centralised monitoring system for both, the potable water supply and industrial and municipal waste water systems across the state, in order to optimise resource utilisation and improve service delivery. Yokogawa will leverage the open, scalable architecture SCADA system to integrate legacy SCADA installations in 100 geographically remote locations into a single network. Yokogawa will also be responsible for implementing water network management and analytics software as well as developing mobile applications for field personnel.

What are your company’s future plans for the Indian market? Which are the sectors under focus?

Yokogawa has developed sustainability goals that will guide its efforts to make the world a better place for future generations. We understand the impact of disruptive digital technologies and have readied ourselves with skill-upgradation, acquisitions and setting goals. We plan on working towards achieving net-zero emissions, taking a transition to a circular economy. Our goal is to contribute to society through broad-ranging activities in the areas of measurement, control and information. Individually, we aim to combine good citizens with the courage for innovation.

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