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ABB to Acquire GE Industrial Solutions To Boost Electrical Offerings

ABB announced Sept. 25, 2017 the acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions, GE’s global electrification solutions business. Important points from ABB: Shaping leadership in electrification Acquisition will strengthen ABB’s #2 global position in electrification Non-core GE business with significant value creation potential within ABB Expands ABB’s access to the North American market through deep customer relationships, […]

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Canvass Analytics, OSIsoft to Deliver Predictive Insights

Whether it is the Industrial Internet of Things or Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing no benefits are garnered at the end without a superb analytics engine. Recently I talked with Humera Malik, CEO of Canvass Analytics, about a new analytics company and product that brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to the field. […]

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Open Source IoT Platform EdgeX Foundry Adds Member

Internet of Things platforms are all the rage these days. Seems like every company either has one or is building one. On the other hand, recent news about GE Digital’s Predix and discussions on LinkedIn have thrown a cautioning light on the efficacy of platforms. When a technology supplier releases a platform the common thread […]

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Control and Networking Make Automation News

Here is some news regarding control and networking. Bedrock Automation is a recent entrant into the control and automation space, while Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) holds great potential to be a disruptive force. Control I seldom write about automation company “wins”, but this one shows some direction for a new company. Bedrock Automation is a […]

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Schneider Electric Finally Completes Industrial Software Sale (sort of)

A little consolidation in the industrial software space. Remember when Schneider Electric was shopping its software division a couple of years ago and came up with a reverse acquisition with AVEVA? And the deal fell apart almost a year ago? Well, it seems that Schneider spent the year internally restructuring such that it could pull […]

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Next Generation Workforce: Concern or Opportunity

How much should we worry about the next generation manufacturing workforce? An email came through late last week from an organization that I’d heard of but never had any dealings with—Junior Achievement. Press release was titled, “Labor Day Blues: Three-in-Four Parents and Teens Concerned Global Competition and Automation will Make it Difficult for Next Generation […]

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Houston, Marketing, and Einstein

Happy Labor Day Monday is a holiday in the US. We’re supposed to take the day off and have a “last day of summer.” I wound up being like a European and took about half of August off. Almost two weeks pretty much off the grid. Then a trip to Foxboro. And as always in […]

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IIC and MESA Agree To Collaborate On Industrial Internet Standards

Looks like standards and interoperability week at The Manufacturing Connection. I once was pretty active with MESA and lately I’ve gotten to know the IIC. Both good organizations promoting best practices in industry. MESA is not a standards organization, though, but one that promotes Level 3 (MES/MOM) software applications. IIC has taken a leadership roll […]

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OPC Foundation Also Promotes the Open Process Automation Forum

Interoperability spurs innovation. After years of technological consolidation in the process automation industry with “distributed control systems” becoming ever more centralized, we are witnessing a resurgence of distributed, along with open and interoperable. Open Process Automation Forum Yesterday I discussed Foxboro promoting the Open Process Automation Forum. Today, I can report that the OPC Foundation […]

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Foxboro Promotes Open Process Automation

The future of process automation was front and center of discussions last week at the Foxboro User Group—The Foxboro Company being the process automation arm of Schneider Electric. During the week I was involved in quite animated discussions with SVP Chris Lyden and VP Peter Martin regarding the future of process automation. These executives are […]

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