Vol.27 - How O&M will be transformed by digitalization! - Toshiba's O&M solutions, maximizing the potential of both equipment and people
The equipment of factories and infrastructure facilities constructed during Japan's period of rapid economic growth are becoming deteriorated.
Problems related to their operation & maintenance (O&M) have become evident: operators are growing older, successors are going short, and the operations are highly dependent on the experts’ knowledge and capabilities of individuals. At the same time, advances in digital technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are making it easier to remotely inspect equipment and replace components in a timely manner. It is becoming possible to implement condition based maintenance (CBM), which is based on highly precise failure prediction, degradation diagnosis and lifetime prediction, at little cost. These progress realize more efficient working process, long-run operations of equipment and creation of new service businesses.
Toshiba Digital Solutions has been at the forefront of innovating O&M operations and performing overall O&M optimization through digital transformation. This special issue features the initiatives we are carrying out based on our experiences both as a provider and as a user of devices and equipment. These initiatives are showing the new potential for O&M to be turned from a cost to a value, and then on to a source of corporate competitiveness. Shunsuke Okada
Industrial Solutions Div.
Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation