By Prateek Joshi:
Analysts, operators, and managers in the manufacturing industry are responsible for a myriad of processes that need to run 24/7 without any hiccups. A large portion of their day is spent on monitoring the operational realities and then painstakingly sifting through spreadsheets to make decisions about their actions to ensure smooth performance. Due to the constraints on time and resources, operators end up making critical decisions based on intuition and gut-feeling.
With the advent of data-driven technologies, industrial work is now being augmented by AI algorithms that are helping relieve some of the burdens on operators. They are confronted with mountains of unstructured and siloed data, which makes it difficult to leverage it. AI-based software can play a major role in helping companies get the most out of their data and here are five ways it’s transforming industrial work:
- AI can automate the preprocessing of data
Research has found that 76% of data scientists view data preparation as the least enjoyable part of their work. AI algorithms are especially well-suited to take over repetitive tasks that include preparing massive amounts of data for consumption. Through IoT sensors and other means of data collection, operators can receive pre-packaged data reports that are easy to digest. AI can take enormous amounts of unstructured data and reorganize it into palatable read-outs that decision-makers across the company can use in a meaningful way.
- AI can automatically surface the right metric
More often than not, operators are examining data reports to find a specific piece of information about their processes. Whether it’s an equipment malfunction or a performance anomaly, operators usually don’t have the time to sift through all of the alerts, signals, and graphs at their disposal.
AI algorithms can be used to automatically surface the relevant metric that operators can use to make critical decisions without wasting time searching for it. The right program can work like a bloodhound to seek out the information that matters most at any given time or situation.
- AI can prescribe the optimal path
Once data is collected, AI systems can automatically explore multiple paths and recommend the best one to operators. Traditionally, operators had to drain many hours into calculating the consequences of various potential future paths. AI can comprehensively explore each option and provide the best recommendation.
- AI can ensure timely consumption of relevant information
AI can help managers ensure that their teams have access to the latest data and the corresponding performance metrics. Traditionally, data can be siloed within departments and can become inaccessible to those working in different areas of the business. With a unified platform, managers can be certain the best information is available to their teams in every scenario.
- AI can drive behavior change
AI-based software cannot do anyone’s job on its own. It should be viewed as a tool that can help operators get a better view of the truth that’s hiding in their data. Over time, the insights provided by AI-based software can drive behavior change across the organization. This shift can lead to better decision making and timely actions.
AI can help individual team members operate at their highest potential. This enables organizations to operate at a higher level of performance across the board. Isn’t it time to help your team members form a better relationship with their data?