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Internet of Things Sensor to the Cloud Testbed Announced

This is interoperability news day at The Manufacturing Connection with this announcement of an Internet of Things sensor-to-cloud testbed. This announcement also includes SAP (see other news today), along with TE Connectivity, ifm, and the OPC Foundation. The objective of sensor-to-the-cloud connectivity is to make sensor data available to information technology (IT) systems in near […]

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Podcast 153 – OPC, MQTT, Inductive Automation, Industrial Software

In this podcast, also viewable in video, I discuss the 2016 Ignition Customer Conference from Inductive Automation–and the pseudo competition between OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug. Mostly it’s all about getting the right information into your Industrial Software (HMI/SCADA) application. It was interesting that spokespeople for the two communication technologies were at the same venue. There […]

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Future of Industrial Software and HMI/SCADA at Inductive Automation

The industrial software market has changed dramatically over the past 13 years. One market disruptor hails from just outside Sacramento, California. I still remember meeting Steve Hechtman at an ISA show probably in 2003. He talked about developing HMI/SCADA industrial software in an entirely new way. He told me that Inductive Automation was developing software […]

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OPC Foundation and OMAC Collaborate For IIoT Machine Communication

September 14-15 found me back in Chicago for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) and an IIoT conference sponsored by OMG and IIC. I’ll have several reports even though I fly to Sacramento Sunday for the Inductive Automation Ignition Customer Conference. (I’m writing this on Friday, but it may not get posted.) Tom Burke, OPC […]

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Industrial Internet of Things Programming Updated

Programming the Industrial Internet of Things is getting interesting. After the Opto 22 news on REST and Node_RED along with the Inductive Automation conversation on using MQTT middleware and Sparkplug for data description, I’ve dived into these technologies. These things are all standards and widely used. Some have been around for a little while. I’ve […]

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Important Industrial Protocol News from OPC Foundation

I have been discussing the importance of industrial protocols to successful use of the Industrial Internet of Things. Among three news releases from the OPC Foundation is news about collaborative work between the Object Management Group (OMG) and OPC Foundation to let DDS and OPC UA play nicely in the same sandbox. This is key […]

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