2020年10月

14 |植物&工程工程www.www.glenn-cook.com 2020年10月维护重要的关注:维护软件T他英国的封锁COVID-19影响了大部分行业,在公用事业公司的情况下,减少劳动力将增加压力的网络系统和设备,需要定期维护。对许多人来说,这是一个鲜明的警钟,强调了提高业务弹性的必要性。由于资产网络的复杂性,以及供水设施的老化,水电公司等公用事业公司习惯性地面临着维护难题。即使在新冠肺炎疫情期间,也不能停止提供水电和基本生活必需品等关键任务服务。电力公司习惯于处理森林火灾和洪水等危机,但大流行带来了新的挑战,因为它们需要远程管理团队和机器。尽管它们利用过去的模型来管理需求的可预测性和破坏的后果,但它们也需要为其人民建立社交距离规则。随着我们都习惯于远程工作,现在人们对团队协作工具(如视频会议)有很大的需求。然而,其中大多数是支持与同事协作的IT工具,而不是工业公司需要使用的用于远程操作、监控或控制设备的操作技术工具。受监管的公用事业企业不是受Covid-19影响的主要企业,例如水务企业的需求没有出现任何下降。这将需要重新稳定劳动力,使其能够在更安全的偏远地区高效工作。 Everybody is getting used to working from home now, but utility remote operation requires additionally compliant, industrial strength software, such as PTC’s Vuforia Chalk for long- distance service collaboration. Supply chains end up under strain because demand signals change. An enterprise view of supply and demand provides utilities with many more tools to manage the transition from disruption to stabilisation. Springtime is typically when regulated utilities such as power generation will carry out planned maintenance, and outages or load shedding. They have to take assets off the grid to maintain and upgrade them, but obviously have to keep the grid running, because those winter heating loads that create demand on the electric supply are now going to give way to air-conditioning loads in the summer. Dropping industrial demand for power during the Covid-19 pandemic, as much as it is a short-term problem, should be seen as an opportunity to temporarily take generating assets off the grid for maintenance and upgrade. That way power utilities can position themselves to come out stronger from the pandemic. Modern operations technology tools allow for remote operations and monitoring of everything from entire electrical grids to individual machines, like a pump in a sewage pumping station. Keeping teams safe and equipment well maintained will become more challenging. As the lockdown eases, it is time for utility companies to seriously consider and seize the opportunity to connect by remote software, to better manage these assets more easily and effectively. Remote and mobile operators may have secure and managed access to equivalent on-site HMI visualisations and essential operational controls regardless of HMI solutions in production. Managed security and operational validation safeguards ensure that remote, mobile and on-site staff can work independently or together in a secure and compliant environment. Having such systems in place also supports continuity in the face of any future disruptions, while supporting operator efficiency on an ongoing basis. As the UK emerges from lockdown, the ramifications of months with a reduced workforce and limited capacity for maintenance will hang over many utility companies. It’s important that remote access and monitoring tools are not only used as a temporary solution so companies can reap the benefits and increase resiliency to future disruptions. *George Walker is managing director of Novotek UK and Ireland Software helped companies keep employees safe and operations running during the pandemic – now, digital operational technologies can also make utilities companies more resilient on a long-term basis. George Walker* explains. Seize the opportunity to connect by remote software Novotek offers systems such as PTC’s ThingWorx, which is a single, purpose-built industrial IoT platform. Industrial companies are using ThingWorx to develop feature-rich industrial IoT applications. ThingWorx allows utility operators to rapidly explore, prove and master the value of smart, connected operations and products, even if the organisation is new to IoT.

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