I was asked by an Italian magazine, Automazione Oggi, to share thoughts from America about a Trump presidency attitude toward manufacturing. I’m not part of the administration or even involved in politics, but I gave some thoughts. I also had some thoughts on some recent Open Architectures for control.
Three major automation companies laid out new products and services based on exploiting all the connections found in today’s industrial world. Senior executives presented to a press conference and later I had a chance to talk a little with most of them. Honeywell Paul Bonner, Honeywell Connected Plant Vice President of Consulting and Data Analytics, […]
Cyber security was a pervasive topic at the recent ARC Forum in Orlando. There were at least five suppliers with exhibits featuring security. Several were startups headed by former Israeli security officers. Guess they should know what they’re doing. Featured: Bedrock Automation Claroty / Rockwell Automation Indegy PAS Nazomi Bedrock Automation Bedrock Automation announced newly […]
A long-time dream of enabling operators to see the profit impacts of process changes is a giant step closer to reality. Much of my early career involved the intersection of engineering and profitability. No surprise that I valued my conversations with Peter Martin over the years. He has long been a proponent of just such […]
I’m tackling Internet of Things Edge computing in the first of many posts as I finally have some time to gather my notes and thoughts after an intense four days in Orlando at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum. Announced during the Monday press conferences and later at a special breakfast presentation, Inductive Automation announced […]
I interviewed and reviewed the book by Maciej Kranz Building The Internet of Things in January. Now I have word that he will be Livestreaming a talk today, Feb. 6, at 6 pm. Kranz wrote an eminently practical book about implementing the Internet of Things in your manufacturing enterprise. This should be an interesting conversation.
Committee co-chair Mark Crawford of the The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) told me yesterday that its Industrial Internet Reference Architecture is a living document. The committee revises frequently in order to stay current with rapidly moving technology and use cases. Therefore, it is no surprise that the organization has published version 1.8 of the Industrial […]
PTC has had an interesting journey of moving from ERP to PLM to IoT through batches of acquisitions over the course of several years. When it announced a series of acquisitions including ThingWorx and Kepware (at premium prices from the looks of things) I had to wonder what was up. Executives assured me that it […]
One of my customers back in the 90s established an OEE office and placed an OEE engineer in each plant. OEE, of course is the popular abbreviation for Overall Equipment Effectiveness—a sum of ratios that places a numerical value on “true” productivity. I’ve always harbored some reservations about OEE, especially as a comparative metric, because […]
HMI SCADA software builds the platform of the Industrial Internet of Things. Yet, many of the traditional companies apparently are not pursuing it as actively as in the past as they spend more time on somewhat “higher end” software—business intelligence and analytics. So, is there money to be made in this business? To that end, […]