Industrial IT transformation

Alignment of IT support to the transformation of the industrial system (automation, MES / MOM, interoperability)

Contribute to guide the development of software for industrial systems
Software makes easier and faster the response to business needs by providing high-value knowledge readily usable by the manufacturer. The software vendor can leverage this focusing by a broader observation to reveal functional or marketing opportunities, align the internal language on a semantic framework to meet the market more easily, take advantage of standards to optimize the design and to meet industry expectations.
To adapt more quickly to market its products, the software vendor may consider partnership or acquisitions: it must then determine the integration process taking into account the nature of the respective organizations for a successful synergistic "transplant".
 
 

Objectives

  • Mapping the functional domain and product markets
  • Identify functional and marketing opportunities
  • Appreciate the technology footprint of external products and the effort of integration or evolutionary / competitive migration in the customers ecosystem
  • Evaluate the compliance with standards (i.e. ISA-88, ISA-95, B2MML) and opportunities for conceptual improvement
  • Determine the life cycle of the product
  • Manage user feedback
  • Identify the market actors, their competitive positioning, functional scope, technological options
    • Clarify and valuate their functional and technological differences
  • Explore responsiveness and policy approach to these actors
  • Assess the systemic compatibility and integration model for successful merger or contractualization

Services

  • Audit, expertise and support

Leveraging IT technological developments to improve support to the industrial system
Computer technologies are evolving rapidly and their adoption usually results in a negative impact in the short term before reaping the benefits in the medium term. The evaluation of the benefit balance facing the technology life expectation allows to assess the investment opportunity and the favorable period.
 
 

Objectives

  • Manage obsoloescence
  • Monitor technology wartch
  • Identify and evaluate technology options, qualifying solutions depending on the time horizon
  • Mediate choice between "offthe shelf" software and custom development
  • Assess the impact of technology on the transformational and economic performance
  • Define deployment planning and modes
  • Manage the risk of the transitional phase: resistance to change, functional regression, learning curve

Services

  • Expertise and support

Interoperability at the heart of a sustainable Control Chain design
Interactions are at the heart of the development of complex organisms, their evolution and their intelligence. Interfaces between computer applications materialize and support most of these interactions and rely on language to make sense. They directly influence both the systemic coupling between subsets of the industrial system and the ability of these applications to evolve independently. They are not only trivial database field mapping, protocoles and middlewares. The enteprise is responsible for critical design choices for its intelligence - levels of autonomy of organisational entities, IT urbanization and language - by leveraging system theories, business process management and interoperability standards for the design of its interfaces.

Objectives

  • Place interfaces in the context of linguistic interoperability to support systemic interactions
  • Specifiy interoperability requirement for interface development based on semantic concepts and reference data
  • Apply ISA-88 / ISA-95 / B2MML standards for interoperability

Services

  • Design and audit of interoperability policy of the industrial system
  • Development and support for interoperability requirements and interface design. May include integration mapping, identification of workflows, identification of exchanged data, the semantic alignment of enteprise and applications concepts, the specification of messages and transactions, definition of B2MML extensions , writing specifications.
  • Training

 
L'interopérabilité au coeur d'une conception pérènne de la Chaine de Contrôle
Les interactions sont au cœur du développement des organismes complexes, de leur évolution et de leur intelligence. Les interfaces entre applications informatiques matérialisent et supportent la plupart de ces interactions et s’appuient sur le langage pour leur donner un sens. Elles influencent directement le couplage systémique entre sous-ensembles du système industriel et l'aptitude à faire évoluer ces applications de manière indépendante. Il ne s'agit donc pas seulement du câblage trivial entre champs de bases de données et de protocoles d'échanges. L'entreprise est responsable de choix de conception critiques pour sa propre intelligence - degrés d'autonomie de ses entités organisationnelles, urbanisation des applications informatiques, langage - en s'appuyant sur la théorie des systèmes, la gestion des processus métier et les standards d'interopérabilité pour la conception de ses interfaces.
 
Objectifs
  • Placer les interfaces dans le contexte de l'interopérabilité linguistique pour supporter les interactions systémiques
  • Spécifier exigence d'interopérabilité pour le développement dl'interface basée sur des concepts sémantiques et des données de référence
  • Appliquer les standards d'interopérabilité ISA-88, ISA-95 et B2MML 
Services
  • Conception et audit de la politique d'interopérabilité du système industriel
  • Développement et support pour la définition des exigences d'interopérabilité et la conception des interfaces. Peut inclure la cartographie d'intégration, l'identification des flux d'activité et des données échangées, l'alignement sémantique des concept entre l'entreprise et les applications, la spécification des messages et transactions, la définition des extensions  B2MML, la rédaction des spécifications.
  • Formation
Manage requirements and portfolio of projects
The portfolio of projects is based on a representation of the industrial system, business requirements, strategic guidance and available resources . It defines the scope of projects by their coverage of needs, budget and impact in terms of performance, investment and operating costs. The implementation must arbitrate sourcing and genericity / standardization of the functions by mitigating the conflicts between cost, quality, innovation and coverage of needs.
ROI takes into account the impact on value creation, investment and operating costs.
The transformational performance measures the ability to change the industrial system at the required speed and efficiently. Responsibility for the achieved performance is shared between projects realization, management of industrial IT and enterprise leadership.
 
 

Objectives

  • Manage the business requirements for industrial system IT: valorisation, prioritization, link to implementation resources, lifecycle
  • Manage the technical and functional resources
  • Manage standardization and innovation
  • Control the portfolio of projects / business requirements loop
  • Arbitrate the programming between stepping (project mode) and continuous improvement (structure mode)
  • Adjust the collaboration framework with the actors of the transformation
  • Assess the return on investment
  • Manage the transformational performance

Services

  • Audit of the management of industrial IT transformation
  • Transformation improvement
  • Calculation of return on investment
  • Evaluation of transformational performance
  • Training

Alignment / rationalization of the management of industrial IT in the enterprise​.
The organization of the Industrial IT activities in the enterprise requires special attention to achieve efficiency that largely determines the intelligence and performance of the industrial system. The relations with or integration into the central IT department, the in-house expertise, the roles of applications and service provider partners, the interactions with operators,the framing of operating budgets, the definition of processes and roles, technology watch, the arbitration of technical choice ... are some of the topics that guide the definition of a suitable organization and governance to facilitate the alignment of the control chain with the needs of the industrial system.
 
 

Objectives

  • Identifying Systemic positioning and relationships / conflicts with other organizational entities
  • Determine the contribution to the success of the company and align budgets
  • Define processes and functions
  • Manage knowledge, skills and partnerships
  • Develop an initial blueprint for organizational transformation
  • Support and promote the ongoing transformation of the organization

Services

  • Audits and recommendations
  • Framing of the organization tranformation blueprint
  • Definition of functions and processes
  • Accompanying the transformation

Organize knowledge and developments of MES / MOM based on a coherent representation of the industrial system
A holistic and structured approach to the control chain allows to manage knowledge, requirements and resources to design informational support applications (IT, automation, MES ...) aligned with the industrial system. The ISA-88 and ISA-95 standards  can be framed in a coherent upper ontology to provide a practical and consensual basis customized and extended as required by the specific controlled system. All types of requirements and specifications are expressed in a common frame,  whatever they involve an automatism, a physico-chemical transformation, an operating procedure, a physical process, a business process.
 
 

Objectives

  • Represent (model) the industrial system
  • Organize requirements
  • Organize the specification of functional objects
  • Manage technical resources
  • Manage the life cycle and generic functional objects
  • Ensure agility, flexibility, portability
  • Manage knowledge and documentation, develop and leverage the skills
  • Distribute control chain responsibilities between operations / engineering / methods / development

Services

  • FastTrack workshop: takes place early in the project with a multidisciplinary team including the users of the future system. After a brief presentation of the method of work, useful and modeling framework concepts, the team works on the modeling of the industrial system, the requirements structuring, the identification of functions and technical resources for implementation. This action sets up a solid foundation for the project in agile or traditional mode.
  • Project review: requirements and specifications management
  • Audit: review of the design documentation, ISA-95 compliance
  • Studies: Development of modeling rules, requirements management, specification
  • Training

Define the physical and functional breakdown of control equipment and physical processes
The physical and functional breakdown of the industrial system is the first step of an automation project. It determines the flexibility, robustness and scalability of the system. The usual empirical and iterative approach or superficial application of the ISA-88 concepts increases the projects load and undermines the scalability of the application. The ISA-88 standard supplemented by flow consistency rules streamlines this critical step for the resulting quality and development time.
 
 

Objectives

  • Define the best modeling options to facilitate the implementation of automation projects and support the further evolution of the industrial system
  • Enrol the operator as a responsible actor of automation
  • Reduce the duration and cost of projects

Services

  • FastTrack Workshop: takes place on a day with the team in charge of the automation project including the customer (operator) of the future system. After a brief presentation of the method of work, useful concepts and modeling rules, the team practices modeling on project data. The whole modeling of an average project can be carried out at the end of the day.
  • Audit / review of modeling - as a follow up of the workshop, or independently
  • Development of modeling rules optimized contextualized applicable to project(s)
  • Training

Industrial system intelligence

Systemic continuous improvement (language, psychology, intelligence, performance)

Managing performance at its root: Intelligence
Performance rewards smart organizations approaching their goals. Emergent property of complex systems, intelligence is potentially much greater than that of all its components. It is less dependent on the individual genius of its human actors than systemic factors of psychological, organizational and technical nature which may hinder or favor intelligence. At the forefront of industrial management, measurement and development of intelligence in industrial systems offers exciting prospects of progress relating to economic, environmental and social dimensions of their performance.
 

Objectives

  • Define intelligence in the continuum of potential and kinetic information
  • Realize the organic nature of industrial socio-technical system
  • Search opportunistic and deterministic factors of intelligence
  • Represent the flow / observers matrix of the industrial system
  • Define intellectual criteria related to the competition, the environment, society, employees, customers, suppliers ..
  • Measure intelligence
  • Link performance to intelligence

Services

  • Audit of the industrial system intellect
  • Workshop to determine the rules for measuring industrial system IQ 
  • Workshop to discover intellectual development or hindering factors 
  • Training

Standards compliance

XML/B2MML structures consistent with ISA-88 and ISA-95 models, optimized and adapted to the business requirements
B2MML defines XML data structures from ISA-88 and ISA-95 models to facilitate communication between industrial IT applications. Many manufacturers adopt it as their supporting infrastructure for interoperability, favoring open and scalable interfaces with clear guidelines for integration.
Knowledge of standards and XML/B2MML technology applied with a proven method allows to design interfaces that minimize costs and risks, aligned with the language of the industrial system.
 
 

Objectives of B2MML mastery

  • Select, develop or identify ISA-88 and ISA-95 structures suitable for the different types of messages
  • Harnessing the power of the W3C XML Schema specification
  • Implement namespaces and extensions
  • Beyond B2MML: create a verticalised XML schemata to optimize the semantic alignment with the business

Services

  • Assistance in handling the technical (XML scheme design) and functional (choice of structures) aspects of B2MML
  • Development of extensions for messages that would not be effectively supported by B2MML / ISA 88 / ISA-95
  • Development of an alternative specification XML schema to take advantage of ISA-88/95 concepts  without introducing a new language and to avoid the complexity of B2MML
  • Training

Jean Vieille participates in the XML MESA working group since its inception in 2002 by the WBF. He is the designer of the extension mechanism that enables to complement data structures and add models to the standards' baseline, as well as an object oriented B2MML version that reduces the code size by an magnitude.
The international standard for the design of automation and control of physical processes
ISA-88 is a standard for the design of flexible automation developed for batch processes, but widely used for all types of industrial processes. Well mastered, it offers simple and robust concepts for better facilities operations and transformation, easier system integration and smart software design.
 
 

Objectives of ISA-88 mastery

  • Leverage a wealth of experience to develop flexible and scalable automation applications
  • Specify the design requirements of automation based on ISA-88 (it is not enough to mention the standard!)
  • Reduce the cost of automation projects and capitalize knowledge - put into action object design
  • Reduce maintenance costs and facilitate the development of applications
  • Build a production data center 

Services

  • knowledge and maturity assessment of teams  (basic concepts, applicability of the standard)
  • Compliance assessment of products
  • Identification of standard implementation opportunities
  • Training

Jean Vieille participates to the ISA88 committee since more than 15 years
The international standard for interoperability and support for the operations of industrial facilities (MOM / MES)
ISA-95 is a standard for interoperability of industrial IT applications and a guide for structuring the functional requirements and specifications of industrial operations.
The standard shares with ISA-88 an implicit meta-model that facilitates its reading and implementation to model the industrial system and to support the design of interrfaces and "MES" projects.
 
 

Objectives of ISA-95 mastery

  • Leverage an extensive experience in industrial management, MES and interoperability
  • Specify the requirements for structuring specifications and interoperability based on ISA-95 (it is not enough to mention the standard!)
  • Design flexible and scalable applications to support industrial operations
  • Reduce the cost of integration projects
  • Reduce the maintenance cost of interfaces

Services

  • knowledge and maturity assessment of teams  (basic concepts, applicability of the standard)
  • Compliance assessment of products
  • Identification of standard implementation opportunities
  • Training

Jean Vieille participates to the ISA95 committee since more than 15 years

Training

Learn and apply the ISA-88 standard for the design of industrial automation and process control
The objective of this course is to learn and practice:
  • the basics of ISA-88: modeling, functional specification, industrialization, interoperability, data archiving and languages
  • its fields of application beyond batch processes
  • the status of the standard, its evolution and its relationship with the ISA-95, ISA-106 and B2MML standards
     
     

Attendance

  • Production managers,
  • Operators of industrial facilities
  • Process and industrialization engineers
  • Responsibles for automation projects
  • Maintenance and engineering automation engineers

Pre-requisite

Knowledge of industrial control as operator, process engineer or automation specialist

Handouts

This course is supported by documentation consisting of many slides, articles and forms for the practical use of the acquired knowledge.
The documentation is delivered electronically to the participants.

Courses

Open courses

  

In-house traiining


Certification

A Certificate of Competence is issued by ISA France for participation in open or in-house courses.
Jean Vieille participates to the ISA88 committee since more than 15 ans

Content

Introduction

  • ISA and other relevant bodies
  • Origin, objectives and structure of the standard
  • Latest developments

ISA88 Part 1

  • Object-oriented design
  • Physical model and Procedural Model
  • Equipment control
  • Recipe, Recipe / Equipment separation
  • Activity Model
  • Flow analysis, Delta ® Nodes

Other aspects of the standard

  • Part 2: Data Structures and Languages​​: SQL, XML, OPCBatch, PFC Language for the description of the exacutable recipe
  • Part 3: General Recipe: Industrialization process, PPC language for the product specification
  • Part 4: historisation of production information, audit trail, electronic signature

Automation projets

  • Management of corporate knowledge
  • Project approach
  • Example of application

Implementation technologies

  • PLCs and process controllers
  • Batch managers
  • Design Tools
Learn and apply the ISA-95 (IEC/ISO62264) standard for the design and interoperability of manufacturing IT.

Training course and workshop on Manufacturing Information Technologies

(MES/MOM:  Manufacturing Execution Systems Manufacturing Operations Management)
The objective of this course is to learn and apply efficient design practices for manufacturing IT based on the popular ISA-95 – IEC/ISO 62264 standard:
  • Modelling of physical processes, business processes, resources and knowledge
  • Use for gathering / analyse requirements and develop functional specifications for MES / MOM applications
  • Use for exchanging information between MES / MOM / ERP applications
  • Status of the standard, its evolution and its relationship with the ISA-88 and B2MML
* MOM: Manufacturing Operations Management - MES : Manufacturing Execution Systems
 

Attendance

  • Plant managers, manufacturing operations managers
  • Participants to MES/MOM and ERP projects 
  • Automation engineers
  • IT specialist in charge of interfaces
  • Manufacturing Business/IT consultants

Pre-requisite

Basic knowledge of production management and industrial automation

Handouts

This course is supported by documentation of 600 slides, articles and forms for the practical use of the acquired knowledge.
The documentation is delivered electronically to the participants.

Delivery

Open courses (2 days)

   
 

In-house workshops

 

A Certificate of Competence

 is issued by ISA France or ISA Belgium for the successful participation in training courses.
The editor of this course participates to ISA95 committee  since more than 15 years - also an invited expert in IEC TC 65/SC 65E/JWG 5

Content

Overview of ISA standards for Control Design and Interoperability

  • IT transformation lifecycle
  • Language and models
  • Modeling framework
  • ISA standards 

ISA-95 Introduction

  • Overview
  • Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Evolution
  • Manufacturing system lifecycle

Resources & Knowledge modeling

  • Physical resources
  • Human resources
  • Material resources
  • Resource context
  • Physical process knowledge 

Function

  • Physical process Management
  • Operations management: Resource management, Definition management, Detailed scheduling, Dispatching, Execution management, Performance analysis 
  • Functional specification

Interoperability

  • Transactions
  • Interoperability methodology
  • Interoperability modeling example
Learn and apply the B2MML specification for the design and implementation of ERP / MES interfaces
This course introduces a methodology for designing interfaces between industrial computer applications (ERP, MES, LIMS, CMMS ...) based on B2MML, an ISA-88 and ISA-95.standards-compliant XML schema set. It covers:
  • XML
  • B2MML / BatchML Implementation of ISA-95 and ISA-88 standards
  • A methodology for the functional specification of interfaces
     
     

Attendance

  • Functional experts in the supply chain and production for ERP and MES applications
  • IT professionals responsible for the design of interfaces

Pre-requisite

  • Basic knowledge of ISA-88 and ISA-95 models and industrial management.
  • Students must have a laptop to perform the exercises

Handouts

This course is supported by documentation consisting of many slides, articles and forms for the practical use of the acquired knowledge.
The documentation is delivered electronically to the participants.

Courses

Open courses

  

In-house traiining


Certification

A Certificate of Competence is issued by ISA France for participation in open or in-house courses.
Jean Vieille participates in the XML MESA working group since its inception in 2002 by the WBF. He is the designer of the extension mechanism that enables to complement data structures and add models to the standards' baseline, as well as an object oriented B2MML version that reduces the code size by an magnitude.

Content

Introduction

  • Origin of B2MML / BatchML
  • Interopérability

XML - Extensible Markup Language

  • Origin and general structure
  • Syntactic elements, XML documents, XSD schemas, namespaces, balises Include and Import directives

other references

  • UN/CEFACT Core Components, OAGIS

From data to service

  • ISA-95 part 5/6 : Transactions, Web services

B2MML + BatchML

  • Design options, structure and content of the B2MML specifications
  • Extension mechanisms, example of adding multi-enterprises data

Fonctional definition of interfaces

  • BPMN to describe business processes
  • Identification of transactions and messages, choice of models
  • Glossary of enterprise data and concepts
  • Data mapping using an Excel template, functional specification
  • Examples with SAP R/3

Implementation technologies

  • XML authoring: XMLSpy, 
  • Middlewares, ETL and EAI
Learn and apply the ISA standards for interoperability and functional design of automation and industrial IT
The objective of this course is to apply a popular series of ISA standards covering the design of automation, process control and industrial IT (MES / MOM *) for discrete, continuous and batch processes through:
  • a comprehensive approach to industrial process control from planning to instrumentation
  • a method for managing projects and the continuous development of information support to the production system
* MOM: Manufacturing Operations Management - MES : Manufacturing Execution Systems
 

Attendance

  • Managers and functional experts in engineering, maintenance, R & D, supply chain, production and quality
  • Managers, project managers, industrial IT and automation specialists

Pre-requisite

Basic knowledge of production management and industrial automation as operator, process engineer, IT spcialist, automation specialist

Handouts

This course is supported by documentation consisting of many slides, articles and forms for the practical use of the acquired knowledge.
The documentation is delivered electronically to the participants.

Courses

Open courses

   

In-house traiining


 

Certification

A Certificate of Competence is issued by ISA France for participation in open or in-house courses.

Jean Vieille participates in ISA95 ISA88 et B2MML committees since more than 15 years.

Content

Introduction to ISA-88 / IEC 61512

Overview, Physical, Process and Procedural models, Recipes, Delta ® Nodes, ​​PFC and PPC Languages to specify the products and to describe the physical processes

IIntroduction to ISA-95 / ISO 62264

Overview, activity and data models, applications in production, logistics, maintenance, quality control

Introduction to ISA-106

Physical model, procedural requirements model, procedures implementation model, relationships with ISA-88 and ISA-95

Industrial architecture

Alignment of the 3 standards on a spatio-temporal upper model
  • product asset, know-how
  • Current assets (materials, energy)
  • Physical and human assets
  • Equipment control / automation
  • Control of physical processes
  • Management of the physical processes
  • Management operations / business processes

Interoperability

  • Example of using the ISA-95 models
  • Transactional model
  • Design methodology for interfaces
  • B2MML, Extension mechanisms
Open courses represent opportunities for sharing diverse experiences; in-house training shall focus on specific projects or internal rationalization demarches.
The proposed courses can be conducted in these two types of contexts, although the internal actions are rather defined based on the client specific requirements.
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