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EMERSON EXTENDS INDUSTRIAL IOT APPLICATION PORTFOLIO for improved Operations and Maintenance Plantweb Insight for heat exchanger monitoring enables quick ROI through a secure, affordable app alerts viewable anytime, anywhere Emerson today announced an extension of its Plantweb digital ecosystem with the new Plantweb Insight Heat Exchanger app, an affordable, easy-to-use analytics and asset alert predictive intelligence tool, which provides maintenance staffs real-time access to critical heat exchanger diagnostics anytime, anywhere to improve operations in chemical, oil and gas and refining operations. Providing quick return on investment through reduced slowdowns and shutdowns, Emerson’s Plantweb Insight apps leverage Emerson’s Pervasive Sensing Strategies to help users instantly make sense of plant data and drive overall enterprise profitability. Emerson’s Plantweb Insight Heat Exchanger app joins the previously announced apps for pumps, steam traps and pressure gauges. “The web interface with Plantweb Insight is very intuitive. It is easy to get useful information about our steam traps without requiring a lot of user training. This makes it easy for operators and engineers to benefit from the system.” said Michael Sowell, regional manager of energy distribution, Evonik. The Plantweb Insight apps employ pre-built algorithms based on decades of process experience and industry-vetted analytics to deliver predictive diagnostics, enabling maintenance prioritization. The easy to use interface allows maintenance and operations to take instant action within a browser from any laptop, tablet, smartphone or other device connected to the network. Plantweb Insight monitors shell and tube heat exchangers to provide real-time status and alerts including fouling, heat duty and heat transfer coefficient. It does not require integration with the plant’s existing monitoring and control system. It can operate completely independent of existing or legacy control systems. The app can also leverage existing data points if desired, using OPC UA to collect data stored in the control system, historian or data base if access is available. Plantweb Insight apps paired with wireless instrumentation lower the cost to entry for customers looking to implement an Industrial IoT strategy. Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem is a next-generation Industrial IoT portfolio that extends the power of automation beyond process control to the entire enterprise. For more information on Plantweb Insight for Heat Exchangers, please visit: www.Emerson. com/HeatExchangerInsight About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Further information is available from: Rob Smith, Sales Manager South & East Africa Emerson Automation Solutions Tel: 011 451 3700 Email: Web: FDA AND EU FOOD APPROVED JC VALVES JC Valves is constantly investing in innovation and products as an engine for growth and leadership in the valve industry. Our latest development is the manufacture and supply of valves for special applications, mainly in the food and pharmaceutical industry. For that, we have invested in a new FDA & EC-1935/2004 Compliant Clean Room in our facilities, a space with a controlled atmosphere for the specific treatment of these valves. This room has a demanding action protocol, provided with a special equipment for cleaning, testing and monitoring of the valves that ensure an environment free from impurities and a special production area for valves with very strict requirements for the above-mentioned sectors. Our valves meet Food approvals: EU 10/2011 and F.D.A. 21 CFR Ch.I (Edition 4-1-12) §177.2600, section E and F. JC Valves takes a further step to meet the most demanding needs of our market. Valve & Automation are the exclusive agents for JC Valves. 12 For more information please contact: Desmond Delport, Valve & Automation Tel: +27(0) 11 397 2833 Email:

AUTOMATION - CREATING THE WORKER OF TOMORROW Job Simulator is a virtual reality game set in the future, where machines have replaced all human jobs. In this game, players can relive the “glory days” when people did regular work, such as being a chef, or working a 9-5, caffeine-fueled desk job. If research is to be believed, we are in the midst of a massive workforce transformation, and the world envisioned in Job Simulator isn’t too far off. and a new vista is presented. One where more and more business is conducted digitally, at any time of the day, with very little human interaction or intervention thanks to automated and integrated sourcing, manufacturing, distribution and sales processes. Where employees may work from anywhere, at any time. Where communication is via group chat and managers have never met their staff members face-to-face. One of the largest takeaways from the predictions such as the claim that 47% of American jobs today will be automated by 2037, and PwC’s findings that 37% of today’s workforce are concerned about automation putting their jobs at risk, is that there exists a very strong likelihood that today’s jobs won’t exist some twenty years from now. So, what jobs will be in existence and, more importantly, what skills will be required in order to do them and how can organisations and individuals begin planning for the skills required to power their businesses in the not-too-distant future? Tomorrow’s workplace is already emerging Automation, particularly in manufacturing and production, is not a new concept, and technological advancements are fast absorbed into work environments to increase productivity and improve efficiency. However, technology can also open the door to new business opportunities. Rapid developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing and data analytics have made it possible to take automation beyond operational improvement. We live in a world of instant gratification and the faster things happen, the faster we expect them to. As customer and business expectations evolve, technology rises to meet this evolution. Omni-channel engagement and automation strategies are enabling consistent, real-time interactions and transactions, and have become business imperatives rather than competitive advantages. The concepts of business hours and location have all but evaporated. Technology is briskly nudging us through the door of workplace transformation, new job requirements and the host of new skills required to meet them. Add urbanisation, increasing congestion, and rapidly improving connectivity A world of new jobs and skills Any job where productivity, efficiency or quality is constrained by the ability of a human to perform that task is a natural target for automation. What has changed though is that not only can machines work harder, faster and longer than people, now they can also work “smarter”, making decisions based on complex “thought processes” which opens up the opportunity to automate tasks currently performed by “knowledge workers”. However, automation doesn’t spell out the eradication of jobs but, rather, the creation of new career opportunities. Automated processes need to be designed, developed, monitored and improved. This means a likely increase in demand for automation experts, business process specialists, subject matter experts, enterprise architects, process modelers, testing specialists, integration specialists, network and communication specialists, software developers, business analysts, etc. The common thread here is one of specialisation, either in a business field or in technology. The requirement for human interaction will always be there and customers or partners expect to be able to contact a person if required. Very often, this will be when something goes wrong so communication skills, conflict handling and decision making remain valuable skills. Anywhere, anytime operations require an advanced support infrastructure. Business, operational and technical roles will still be required, along with the prerequisite skills in people management, logistical support, operational management, HR, Finance etc. Lastly, a great deal of technological awareness, flexibility and adaptability from staff will be required as the tempo of change increases. Knowledge, ideas, people skills and creativity is - and will be - of more value than the ability to do Andrew Hoseck – Chief Operating Officer at In2IT Technologies manual work, crunch numbers or shuffle papers. Merging today and tomorrow The current workforce spans multiple generations, is geographically dispersed and has varying degrees of technological enablement. Businesses need to adapt accordingly. Instant gratification and immediacy extends internally as well. The business of the future will need to ensure that employee communication and engagement takes place consistently across multiple channels and should make use of automation to speed up traditional employee support processes. Tomorrow’s workforce will require a flexible approach with respect to policy, process, communication, work hours, working environment, etc. Changing customer demands will inevitably fuel a change in employee demands, especially in an anywhere, anytime organisation. Employee support processes will be the glue that holds this together. The future workplace is not one comprised entirely of robots and empty desks. Rather, it is an exciting collaboration of human creativity, thinking and innovation, enabled by technology and automation. Best we prepare ourselves, discard our human tendency to cling to the familiar, and embrace an evolving world of emerging, ever-shifting skills where specialised knowledge carries gravitas. 13


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