Yokogawa Survey reveals significant impacts of industrial autonomy

Tsuyoshi Abe, Senior Vice President and Head of the Marketing Headquarters at Yokogawa Electric

Yokogawa Electric Corporation reveals the results of its latest survey to gain further insights into the current and future state of industrial autonomy in process manufacturing.

The survey highlights that manufacturers are moving forward with industrial autonomy, and that there is a high awareness of the expected benefits on environmental sustainability.

The survey was conducted in seven markets (China, Germany, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, SE Asia and the US) amongst 534 respondents from 390 companies in the chemical & petrochemical, life sciences, oil & gas, power generation, and renewable energy sectors.

Key insights of the Yokogawa survey

Regarding environmental sustainability, 45% of the respondents anticipate that industrial autonomy will have a significant impact and another 36% expect a moderate impact in the areas of dynamic energy optimization, water management, and emissions reduction.

Only 6% expect industrial autonomy to have no impact on environmental sustainability.

The implementation of industrial autonomy projects is starting to gather pace, with 51% of the respondents now scaling deployment across multiple facilities and business functions and another 19% reporting they have deployed in at least one facility or business function.

While productivity improvements in production and manufacturing processes are expected to deliver the highest return on investment in digital transformation over the next three years – with 31% ranking this area first and a further 20% ranking it second – health, safety and environment is emerging as a key area of ROI, with 26% ranking it first or second (13%).

With the ongoing pandemic, increasing remote operations capabilities represents a key factor in industrial autonomy. The survey reveals that one-third (33%) of manufacturers have deployed remote operations in single sites and 31% have implemented across multi-sites.

C-level executives play a key role in plant-level autonomous planning, with the survey respondents saying that the Chief Executive Officer (38%), Chief Technical Officer (34%), and Chief Information Officer (31%) are the primary final decision-makers.

These decision-makers are supported by senior level technical professionals, with 43% saying the Chief Digital Officer has significant influence on plant level autonomy decisions.

Tsuyoshi Abe, Senior Vice President and Head of the Marketing Headquarters at Yokogawa Electric was excited that environmental sustainability was gaining relevance.

“It is gratifying to see from our latest survey that environmental sustainability is emerging as an area in which the shift from industrial automation to industrial autonomy, which we call IA2IA, is expected to make a significant positive impact.”

“However, our survey also indicates that the biggest challenge in implementing industrial autonomy is the lack of a roadmap, with almost half seeing it as their biggest challenge.”

“This underlines the importance of a defined roadmap to industrial autonomy.”

More about the latest Yokogawa Survey

The “Global End-user Survey on the Implementation of Industrial Autonomy” was conducted on behalf of Yokogawa by research company Omdia in September 2021 among 534 respondents from 390 companies across seven global markets.

Respondents comprised manufacturers/end-users, OEMs, and systems integrators in the chemical & petrochemical, life sciences, upstream and mid-stream oil & gas, refining, power generation, and renewable energy power generation industry sectors.

The survey respondents were in IT management, operations, and corporate management. The survey report can be accessed from the website: https://www.yokogawa.com/ia2ia/

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa provides advanced solutions in the areas of measurement, control, and information to its customers in energy, chemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and food.

They address issues regarding the optimization of production, assets, and the supply chain with the application of digital technologies, enabling the transition to autonomous operations.

Founded in Tokyo in 1915, Yokogawa continues to work toward a sustainable society through its 17,500 employees in a global network of 119 companies spanning 61 countries.

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