Invensys: Power to the People

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 @ 11:11 PM gHale

By Gregory Hale
Technology is great, and it does allow for greater advances, but in the end, making the sure the plant is running efficiently, productively and profitably all comes down to people.

The catch is, though, those people need to have the proper tools and knowledge set to make the right decisions.

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“Because of the huge amount of information, where does the decision occur (in the plant), said Sudipta Bhattacharya, president and chief executive at Invensys Operations Management during his keynote address at the Invensys OpsManage ’11 conference in Nashville, TN, Tuesday. “We are moving from the executive making the decision to the human on the edge living in the real time world saying he can add value by making real time decisions.”

In a real world case, Bhattacharya said Codelco, a copper mining company, decided they had to change their plan of attack.

They were a traditional decision from the top kind of company. They decided to empower workers by giving them the right technology in the proper context so they can make decisions on the spot.

The end result: $10 million in costs went away and they gained 57 additional days of capacity. In a copper mine environment, that really adds to the bottom line, Bhattacharya said.

When you really think about it, after the Baby Boomers retire, the next generation coming in and ready to take the reins already have a true understanding of technology.

“In this generation, we are trained in a certain way, the next generation coming in are demanding empowerment. They are used to using technology to empower themselves,” Bhattacharya said.

“Technology can enable, but not empower,” Bhattacharya said. “Only people can.”

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