Also known as IT/OT convergence, IT/OT integration can be something of a buzzword, providing a veneer of technological gleam to otherwise straightforward manufacturing improvement projects.
But, when implemented properly, IT/OT convergence is transformative, joining two traditionally separate practices to create true operational efficiencies and cost savings.
Identified in the mid-2000s by Gartner Inc., IT/OT integration melds the software, monitoring abilities and communication capabilities of information technology with the equipment and manufacturing demands of operational technology.
When well planned and implemented, IT/OT convergence offers a wide range of benefits, including improvements in:
- Performance and production
- Cross-organization decision making
- Alignment of operational areas with overall business goals
- Environmental and regulatory reporting and compliance
Cost reductions are another benefit of IT/OT integration, thanks to efficiency gains and optimization in:
- Operational processes
- Asset maintenance
- Workforce management
Because integration projects can require sweeping changes, many organizations will identify an initial operation that would benefit the most from IT/OT convergence and begin there will full implementation.
Examples of effective, operation-specific IT/OT integration include:
- Machine Visions Solution for Surface and Web Inspections
- Continuous Casting Process Control and Instrumentation
- Slag Pot Management Productivity Optimization
Because of the technical, operational and organizational challenges inherent in IT/OT integration, companies often call upon a specialist firm, like AS&E, to develop and implement their projects.
AS&E has the experience, expertise and insight to create the right solution to meet your operation’s needs. Contact us now to learn how.