Archive | Industrial Computers

Jacobs and Bedrock Automation to Pursue Open Secure Automation Systems Opportunities

Bedrock Automation has built a good automation platform with built-in security and toughness. I’ve been watching to see just how disruptive it might be in the market. In this announcement, it is showing further growth in its go-to-market strategy of working with integrators. It has signed a memorandum of agreement with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., […]

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Industrial PC Market Still Growing

The PC market, especially for consumers but also for business, is slowing. Manufacturers are turning to industrial PC market.The New York Times  recently ran an article about Intel cutting jobs due to the continued slowdown in the PC market. Recently I wrote about Dell entering the embedded PC for industrial applications market, most likely due […]

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More on Industrial Protocols and Standards

John Bernadin (retired Rockwell Automation executive) posted a comment on my LinkedIn post of my blog post on Protocol Wars–Vendors versus Standards. “From the PLC side, the Auto industry began major efforts to drive standards in the 1990’s like GM’s MAP mfg automation protocol. However, after a decade they realized that even with their leadership […]

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Dell Enters Embedded PC Market

Faced with a declining market for desktop PCs and a burgeoning market for embedded PC, Dell has announced launch of its first purpose-built industrial PC (IPC) products. This release complements its entry into the Internet of Things market announced last fall at Dell World. [Note: I do some work with Dell on IoT issues, but […]

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High Performance Computing Advancements

Anyone who thinks PCs when the company name Dell comes up (“Hey, Dude, You’re getting a Dell.”) has missed the company’s growth over the past decade. I’ve written about its new foray into Internet of Things with a product specifically targeted at manufacturing industries. The company has announced some advances in its High Performance Computing […]

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Internet of Things Gateways Expedite IoT Adoption

When we wish to bring new technologies into industrial applications–especially connectivity ones, devices known as gateways bridge the gap from old to new. For example, when we were moving toward a variety of industrial wireless protocols and some analysts and engineers were concerned about a multiplicity of connectivity points and networks, I told them that […]

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Security Approaches for Industrial Internet of Things

Personal interlude After leaving the “magazine editor business” a year ago, probably for good as a full-time editor anyway, I turned to just keeping this blog active. Readership has increased slowly but steadily over the past eight months. About as many people will see an article here as on a magazine Website (not as many […]

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IoT Testbed For Condition Monitoring to Predictive Maintenance

Representatives of National Instruments (NI) and IBM recently discussed their collaboration on a test bed demonstrating the possibilities for using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for taking companies from Condition Monitoring to Predictive Maintenance. Chris O’Connor, IBM General Manager of IoT who works with divisions such as Maximo told me this is a new business […]

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Cyber Secure Industrial Control System Available for Purchase

Potentially viable start-ups are rare in the industrial automation space. Recently Russ Fadel, Rick Bullotta, and John Richardson did it with ThinkWorx an Internet of Things oriented software they sold to PTC. That was their second effort having previously sold Lighthammer to SAP. Now we have Albert Rooyakkers, CTO and inventor, and Bob Honor, president […]

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