Industry 4.0 and the Standard ISA-95: The Pathway to Revolutionizing the Energy Industry
The digital revolution of Industry 4.0, powered by big data and digital twins, has opened up new opportunities for the energy industry. By providing closer insight into production processes, digital technologies can enable more efficient, optimized, and automated operations to improve margins, reduce costs and reduce energy consumption. The Global Energy Industry is rapidly incorporating technologies such as the internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, cloud computing, and other cutting-edge innovations to support more efficient, competitive operations.
To ensure smooth and efficient operations, it is necessary that there is industry-wide interoperability and standardization. An excellent example is the Standard ISA-95 (also known as IEC 62264), developed by the International Society of Automation (ISA).
The Standard ISA-95 helps to streamline the collection, storage, and exchange of data to enable more meaningful insights and visibility. It provides the basis for digital data integration, describing the processes and equipment that support and manage digital communications within an enterprise. It differentiates between host sites (target systems such as electric meters and PLCs) and client sites (if available). It allows host sites to effectively collect and process data from other connected sites. It does this by using four levels – each of which have a distinct role in device control, level 0 being the field devices, level 1 being the field controllers (PLCs, PACs, PACs, etc.), level 2 being the supervisory systems, and level 3 being the enterprise system.
The Standard ISA-95 supports a range of communication networks, such as proprietary and open standards like OPC UA. It is already widely implemented, enabling deep data integration, messaging, and services. It makes it easy to connect equipment and subscribe to events to get updates and manage objects and addresses in the asset model. In addition, it allows users to develop enterprise control systems rather than individual control systems.
The traditional ISA-95 production stack is evolving into a digital manufacturing platform.
In short, the Standard ISA-95 is an intelligent, user-friendly platform that integrates different communication protocols, enabling more efficient, cost-effective, and better-informed operations. This gives the Global Energy Industry a cost-effective way to standardize its processes over a vast network and digitalize and secure its operations. This standardized system is essential for the energy industry to realize the promise of Industry 4.0 – enabling the energy industry to revolutionize its business.
SAP Industry 4.0 solutions and technology can bring data-driven processes and operational flexibility to the entire energy business.