Unlocking the power of data for sustainable operations

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Article by Meighan Heard, Executive Director, Commercial and Corporate 
Mitsubishi Electric

In today’s interconnected world, data collection, analysis and utilisation have become essential for driving efficient and sustainable operations. Sustainability is a crucial goal for manufacturers to limit their effect on the environment and conserve natural resources. To this end, manufacturers must balance the interests of people, planet and profit. 

By embracing sustainable practices, manufacturers can optimise operations, limit waste, decrease energy consumption and costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and have a more efficient and productive workforce. As a result, the earth benefits and companies save money in the long run. 

One technology that plays a pivotal role in this domain is SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. These systems have revolutionised industries by enabling real-time monitoring, control and optimisation of complex processes. SCADA systems are truly transformative because they make the invisible visible, empowering businesses to achieve sustainability goals while enhancing operational efficiency. 

Streamlining Operations with SCADA Systems

By leveraging SCADA systems, manufacturers can monitor their operations, identify inefficiencies and make the necessary adjustments to increase efficiency and reduce their environmental impact.

Operators can leverage real-time data to promptly detect anomalies, troubleshoot issues, and optimise processes to minimise downtime and increase productivity. This enhanced operational efficiency translates directly into cost savings and improved competitiveness.

Embracing Sustainable Operations

Organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of incorporating sustainable practices into their operations. This strategy involves not only minimising their environmental impact but also optimising operational efficiency and reducing costs. By leveraging energy data analysis, SCADA solutions provide a powerful tool to unlock the potential of data for sustainable operations.

SCADA energy management solutions go beyond traditional approaches by utilising advanced data analytics to uncover insights and opportunities for optimising operations. By analysing energy data, organisations can identify areas of inefficiency, pinpoint equipment malfunctions or poor performance and prioritise actions that lead to energy savings and reduced carbon emissions.

Unlocking Actionable Intelligence

SCADA systems go beyond data integration, offering powerful analytics capabilities. Organisations gain actionable intelligence through advanced data aggregation, normalisation, and intuitive visualisations. Key performance indicators (KPIs) and benchmarks enable stakeholders to set goals, track progress, and make informed decisions based on real-time insights. Arming decision-makers with the correct information allows them to drive sustainable operations and fosters a culture of environmental responsibility.

The key aspect of powerful SCADA technology lies in its ability to provide not just a diagnosis of problems but also actionable solutions. It precisely identifies equipment issues and offers a list of probable causes ranked by probability. This capability empowers organisations to streamline maintenance and repair processes, reducing downtime and optimising energy consumption.

SCADA systems revolutionise industrial operations by making the invisible visible, enabling organisations to harness the power of data for sustainability, operational efficiency, and safety. In today’s corporate landscape, sustainability software solutions are helping to unlock the potential of data, paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.