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Can IT Do Automation?

I wrote about FoxConn building a plant (maybe) in Wisconsin. “Retired” Rockwell Automation Communications Director John Bernaden commented on my LinkedIn post of the article: Good perspective Gary Mintchell. FoxConn’s been trying to replace its Chinese workers with automation and robotics for several years now with limited success. They’re realizing what’s no surprise to you […]

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The Race To A Digital Future, A Digitalization Research Report

Digitalization is the current hot word describing the latest manufacturing strategies. The concept has morphed from Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and smart manufacturing. The word was all over Hannover Messe this year, and one of the more fervent advocates was Siemens. How important is this, really? “What’s at stake with digitalization is the […]

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OSIsoft Announces SoftBank Investment To Fund Internet of Things Infrastructure Growth

OSIsoft LLC, which now self-identifies as a leader in operational intelligence, has announced that SoftBank Group (“SoftBank”) has acquired a significant minority equity interest in the company. The company is mostly known for its data historian, PI, which is used throughout industry. Over the past few years it has taken on some significant investments evidently […]

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More Consolidation in Process Automation Market

An example of further consolidation in the process automation industry, Emerson has announced it has completed the purchase of MYNAH Technologies, a long-time Emerson alliance partner and a leading provider of dynamic simulation and operator training software. This acquisiton follows Rockwell Automation’s acquisition of Maverick Technologies furthering consolidation in the process automation space as the larger […]

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