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How to Make Sure Your Digital Transformation Journey is a Success

Wednesday 1st December 14:30 - 15:00

The aluminium industry is facing an unprecedented challenge of aligning to new sustainability standards while continuing to meet with global demand. The primary aluminium industry accounted for 2.6% of global greenhouse gases in 2020. The power required for aluminium production accounts for 60% of these emissions. Companies are racing to adopt clean technologies such as the use of hydropower or inert anode technology to reduce their carbon footprint.

Many companies are also embarking on a digital transformation journey allowing for process improvement, efficient use of energy; and creation of predictive and prescriptive models. In this talk we will explore the journey of this Digital Transformation and how different opportunities are unlocked at different stages of the journey. Furthermore, we will discuss how a data infrastructure facilitates this journey. An Operations Data Platform is necessary to gain process visibility by centralizing and democratizing operational data. This data platform should allow the addition of rules to determine if the process enters specific conditions. It should be open, allowing connections to 3rd party applications where sophisticated models can be created for predictive and prescriptive analytics. Here, we will explore how this data platform is utilized by aluminium companies to achieve success in these areas.

At the end of this talk, you should come away with an understanding of these main ideas:

· The PI System is the Operation Data Platform that will power your digital transformation journey

· Digital transformation is a journey unlocking different levels of analyses · Digital transformation examples from the aluminium industry and the broader Mining, Metals, and Materials space will be explored

Speaker: Jonathan Silvestre, Systems Engineer at AVEVA

How to Make Sure Your Digital Transformation Journey is a Success

Jonathan Silvestre is a Systems Engineer at OSIsoft now part of Aveva. For the past 9 years, his primary focus has been helping mining, metals and materials customers on their digitalization journey through the use of their Operations Data Platform the PI System. The breath and scale of the digitalization journey varies from customer to customer and includes: foundational activities to centralize and organize operations data for situational awareness; the use of real-time data and analytics for Energy Management, Condition-Based Maintenance, Process Improvement; the integration with Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics. Jonathan holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


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