February 2020

Special Focus: Digital Transformation

Five key innovation concepts to impact frontline engineers in 2020

Gas processing, liquefaction, oil refining, bulk petrochemicals and chemicals plants represent a large population of frontline engineers and technical managers. Their professional lives will become increasingly impacted by the growing adoption of disruptive digital technologies and digital platforms.

McIntee, A., KBC, a Yokogawa Company; Finnan, K., Yokogawa Corp. of America

Gas processing, liquefaction, oil refining, bulk petrochemicals and chemicals plants represent a large population of frontline engineers and technical managers. Their professional lives will become increasingly impacted by the growing adoption of disruptive digital technologies and digital platforms. Why focus on frontline engineers? Frontline engineers and managers represent a large cohort of people who are, and will continue to be, impacted the most by Industry 4.0 shifts and trends. They constitute a large proportion of the overall labor pool, and, in many countries, they are big influencers of competitiveness of domestic manufacturing. As shown in FIG. 1, senior management has the bigg

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