Water & Wastewater Asia Mar/Apr 2018

IN PERSON / 19 From left: Pump Insight Dashboard, Pump Insight Asset Summary And the beauty of Plantweb Insight? “It’s not industry-specific,” said Joe. The in-depth monitoring system can be applied to any industry — from water & wastewater, oil & gas, chemical, and refining to food & beverage and life sciences— with data acquired through wireless sensors and existing infrastructure. “When you look at Plantweb Insight at its core, it’s made up of different core-on-core applications, and each one is focused on different assets of the plant,” explained Joe. Why use Plantweb Insight? The power of Plantweb Insight is that it helps to gain real-time insights into abnormal situations. “The data collected runs through different models and algorithms in order to tell the customer if the assets are healthy or if actions need to be taken,” said Joe. The secure and reliable software package also allows seamless integration into current infrastructure to monitor one asset or thousands. “The keyword here is ‘scalable’,” said Ho Howe Tian, director, Plantweb Digital Solutions, Southeast Asia & Taiwan Region at Emerson. According to Ho, the best IIoT adoption strategy for many facilities may be to start small and scale up. Agreeing to this, Joe said, “We see a lot of people struggle when they start big and try to encompass everything. “They look at these $ 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 s o f t w a r e platforms and enterprise- typed software platforms. They are beneficial but it’s going to be a system overhaul, which can be time consuming.” By creating a scalable system, it is affordable and easy to use as well. But that doesn’t mean customers can’t start big. Users looking at an enterprise-scale can still benefit from Emerson’s Plantweb Insight. “It depends on the scale of what the customers want. We can start small and scale it up or if you want to start big, no problem. That is the true value of the Plantweb Insight,” said Ho.