Materials Performance

OCT 2018

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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OCTOBER 2018 MATERIALSPERFORMANCE: VOL. 57, NO. 10 27 L ittle Michael Goodfriend would've been in trouble if he came home from elementary school with a note from his teacher. Especially if the note said that little Michael was disruptive in class that day and was encour- aging his classmates to be disruptive too. I guess I didn't learn my lesson because here I am encouraging you not only to be disruptive but to be a disruptive leader. Disruptive automation is on the rise. The 1960s animated show, "The Jetsons," envisioned some of these technologies like video calls, household robots, smart watches, and 3D printed food. Steps in a process previously performed by humans are being automated at rapid rates. In addition, tech- nologies that disrupt markets are increasing. Just look at Amazon's platform that has disrupted markets for books, household items, groceries, online movies/TV series, etc. The acceleration and utilization of automation and robotics requires a new type of strategic business leader to emerge—one who is less of a bureaucrat and more of a strategic integrator of humans and disruptive automation. What automation is on the horizon that could disrupt your busi- ness and organization? Costs from a corrosion-related failure can be massive—refinery acci- dents, bridge collapses, pipeline breaks, rusty Navy ship hulls, tank leaks, etc. Automation in corrosion detection will continue and disruptive solutions should be expected in the future. The American Society for Association Executives Foresight Works, in its August 2017 Research Brief, identified 41 key trends that will drive change. That list included virtualized meetings, human-machine cooperation, micro - learning, blockchain platforms, and fast data—just to name a few. The past will not be the future. It's time to get in the game for disruptive change. PR O CE S S AU T OM AT ION Process steps that are repeatable, predictable, and high volume are candi- dates for current and future automation—in every industry and every function. We've seen drones replace humans in military strikes. We know about robots being used in manufacturing. We see doctors carrying iPads with medical records that can be rapidly transferred to others instead of paper files that require copying and days to deliver. Some grocery stores are now providing the option of buying groceries online and then having them delivered or being available for pickup. The use of digital dashboards by business decision mak- ers provides for more rapid response to opportunities and problems than waiting days or weeks for data to be analyzed when performed by people. As an example in the corrosion industry, Sensor Networks, Inc. has released microPIMS as a nonintrusive, ultrasonic sensor for its corrosion/ erosion monitoring product line. Data is transmitted wirelessly to a web por- tal, allowing users to easily view the thickness, temperature, and metal-loss data from anywhere via a web-enabled device. PL AT FOR M DISRUP T ION Process automation is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to disruptive automation. We have experienced this type of platform with Amazon dis- rupting the bookstore business, Air BnB disrupting the hotel business, Uber disrupting the taxi business, etc. The following are just a few examples of possible platform disruption that could change entire industries. Tele-Robotic Surgery Dr. Daniel Kim, professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is leading the development of microsurgical robotic technology that can be performed tele-robotically. One of many applications of this platform would be to perform prenatal surgery to repair the congenital defect in the spinal column of fetuses with spina bifida—with surgeons in

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