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Emerson Automation Experts

Podcast: Driving Reliability Digital Transformations

December 05, 2019

Kendall Beushausen

Emerson's Kendall Beushausen follows up his 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Kendall Beushausen podcast with this in-depth FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast.

Kendall describes how the Internet of Things is all around us in our personal lives and how it is being applied in the manufacturing industries to improve business performance in many areas, especially reliability.

We hope you'll enjoy this episode and will consider subscribing to the whole FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod series on your iOS or Android mobile device.

Jim: Hi everyone. This is Jim Cahill. And welcome to another edition of FIRSTHAND: A conversation with an operational certainty consultant. Today I'm joined by Kendall Beushausen and he's an Operational Certainty consultant based in South Carolina. You may have heard the earlier podcast on Kendall. He has a wealth of experience both in the Navy—the United States Navy—as well as some other companies before joining Emerson 11 years ago. And he has a wealth of experience in reliability. And today we're gonna talk a little bit about digital transformation and how that intersects with reliability. So welcome to the podcast, Kendall.

Kendall: Thanks, Jim.

Jim: All right. Let's start out by can you tell our listeners what is the internet of things and industrial internet of things which also go by IoT and IIoT?

Kendall: Well, Jim, in the simplest form, IoT or IIoT is the idea of connected devices and, as you know, today we're living in a world with many, many devices that are connected to the internet, so to speak. Differentiating IoT and IIoT, IIoT is specifically to the industrial world, so it's industrial internet of things.

Jim: You often hear with that digital transformation, so how would you describe digital transformation?

Kendall: Digital transformation to me is simply what we do with these connected devices. The connected devices provide a wealth of information that make our lives easier, more convenient, etc. But what we do with that information is ultimately how our lives have changed and that also applies in the industrial world. How can this technology make our business better, easier, faster, safer?

Jim: You know, I know it's all around us in our personal lives, even this podcast we're doing, people can subscribe to it, have it come to them, listen through their Bluetooth in their car, it's all in there. Can you share some examples maybe of digital transformation occurring in our personal lives?

Kendall: Absolutely. Well, you hit on the podcast as an example, but I mean, let's talk about something as simple as the telephone. Twenty to 30 years ago, everyone had a landline in their house, and you had to run to the kitchen to answer the phone when it rang. Now we have these devices that we carry with us wherever we go, and not only can we call somebody on these phones, there's multiple means of communication through different applications such as texting, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. These all have different levels of involvement or complexities, let's say. But ultimately, the communications that we used to have 20, 30 years ago has significantly changed, we don't have to wait for somebody to get home to talk to them. We can send a message to find out if they're available to chat on the phone.

Also on this phone, let's consider television or entertainment. When I was growing up, there were three stations, ABC, NBC, and CBS, and you can watch whatever you wanted as long as it was on their schedule. But today, we can use this same device to stream whatever show we want and as what's common now is binge-watching. So it's improved by entertainment world for th...