Even in an age of digitization, few companies can rely solely on automation and equipment to produce and ship goods. Human effort remains essential to manufacturing, which means that man-machine circumstances — and dangers — remain constant concerns for executives:
The Connected Enterprise delivers real-time safety and operations data that can be leveraged to help to improve safety compliance and performance. Safety professionals gain unprecedented understanding of worker behaviors, machinery performance, causes of safety shutdowns or stoppages, and safety anomalies and trends.
The Connected Enterprise also leverages real-time data within a manufacturing execution system (MES), integrating quality management and business analytics with production management. Instead of chasing quality problems as products move down the line — where they can turn into safety problems for employees and customers — companies with IIoT-enabled MES systems can help to prevent mistakes and meet compliance standards.
This requires a comprehensive approach that includes not just Connected Enterprise technologies, but also policies and procedures to address people-, process-, and technology-related risks. This multifaceted approach helps to enable defense-in-depth security that structures physical, electronic, and procedural layers of defense for maximal deterrence.
How safe and secure is your Connected Enterprise?