July 2020

Special Focus: The Digital Plant

Define operational roles for industrial digital transformation

The term “industrial transformation” is sometimes used to describe digital transformation in plants, factories, mills and other industrial environments.

Cosman, E. C., ARC Advisory Group

The term “industrial transformation” is sometimes used to describe digital transformation in plants, factories, mills and other industrial environments. Although the basic concept is the same, the implications can be quite different. Jobs and roles commonly found in process or manufacturing operations include operators, engineers, technicians and plant management. The primary focus tends to be on safe, reliable and efficient operations, with non-operations responsibilities delegated to functions such as maintenance, supply and distribution, health and safety, and other infrastructural support organizations. Industrial transformation is challenging the traditional view of operations-related

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