Bridget Fitzpatrick is the global technical lead for process automation at Wood. She holds an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix and a SB in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in supporting the Open Process Automation Forum standards work. She was the technical lead from Wood on the ExxonMobil Open Process Automation pilot. She sits on the ISA Standards and Practices Board as managing director for the ISA18 (Alarm Management) committee. She is one of the U.S. experts on the IEC61499 committee. She is also an ISA Fellow.
Removing Barriers to Digital Transformation
Today’s industrial enterprises are facing unprecedented challenges, including: continual pressure to reduce costs; economic and geopolitical uncertainties; rapid changes in demand, raw material and energy pricing; increased product variants and shorter lifecycles; and aging workforces. To address these challenges, the industrial market is undergoing an enormous digital transformation with industrial automation as a key enabler. New concepts of automation and more flexible production techniques could mean step changes in productivity for manufacturers. Techniques such as AI/ML promise unprecedented operational improvements. A few examples include:
- Predicting equipment failures before they occur removing costly unplanned downtime
- Real-time optimization of production based on raw-material spot prices
- Real-time optimization of production scheduling to maximize throughput
Join this panel of industrial automation experts to learn how open, standards-based, industrial automation is poised to unleash a wave of unbounded innovation. By removing barriers to digital transformation, businesses will be free to integrate best-of-breed components into designed for purpose operational models that easily adapt to constantly changing needs—today and well into the future.