June 2006

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Collaborative production management: a stepwise approach from key performance indicators to workflow processes

Understanding the stages and having a strong vision of where you need to go are essential first steps

Brown, M., Matrikon

Over the past 20 years, the process industries have invested heavily in automation and plant information systems so that the data are now accessible. As a result, we should now be able to put it to productive use. Or can we? The challenge with raw data, no matter how accessible, is that they are just data, and data still require a lot of work before they can be turned into knowledge. In most cases, the data need to be validated, analyzed and converted into a knowledge level that is actionable. And this can still require a significant investment of time and resources. The key performance indicator (KPI) has been the first step in putting data into a context that is more aligned with organiz

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