Invensys: Total Control Through Enterprise

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 @ 11:10 AM gHale

Invensys has a plan. They want the systems throughout a manufacturer’s enterprise to be able to work together and not against each other.
That is why they are banking on the Enterprise Control System (ECS) approach to lead them throughout the industry in the future, said Sudipta Bhattacharya, president and chief executive of Invensys Operations Management (IOM) Tuesday during his keynote address at Invensys’ OpsManage’10 in Orlando, FL.
“To be able to manage in the new frontier, you have to be able to understand the plant floor,” Bhattacharya said.
In essence, Bhattacharya said there are three areas for control: Business, production, and process.
“Business control works on quarters to hours; production control works on weeks to minutes and process control works on hours to seconds. They are all on different time frames.”
The catch is the three forms of control all have to work together. Invensys’ mission is to make sure that happens.
The business environment today calls for companies to adapt to change almost on an hourly basis. Bhattacharya used energy prices as an example. Users used to be able to purchase energy on a contract basis at a set price. Now, he said, prices can change daily, if not hourly.
“The strategy now is to be able to adapt constantly,” Bhattacharya said. The goal is to be able to react on the plant floor and gather information and then put everything into proper context so the enterprise can truly understand and react to the current setting in real time.
“Synchronizing execution and strategy is the new real frontier,” Bhattacharya said.
“Being able to take hundreds of events that happen on the plant floor and give it context on the business (level) is available today,” Bhattacharya said.
Working in real time in different areas of the enterprise is vital to ensure a truly productive organization. Collaboration – working with and communicating well with others — remains the top priority for all companies wanting to improve their position in this economy.
“It looks like we are on the road to recovery,” said Steve Blair, president North America at Invensys. “There may be some bumps in the road, but we are on the way there.”
To achieve any kind of success, Blair said, everyone needs to work together. “Each of us has a key role to play in this transition.”

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