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Asset Optimization The New Frontier Beyond Process Optimization

It is time to think beyond the unit process to asset optimization. Two press releases have come my way in the past couple of weeks from companies who are seeking to expand their product portfolios into ever broadening circles with the theme being adding emphasis on asset optimization. This release is from Aspen Technology announcing […]

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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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Podcast Interview Beyond the Hype of Digital Transformation

This time I have a guest in this podcast conversation about digital transformation. Saadi Kermani, global business development at Schneider Electric Wonderware, joins me for a rare encore performance discussing information management beyond the hype of cloud, digital transformation, and Industry 4.0 in episode 164 of my long-running podcast series. He appeared previously in episode […]

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Software Platforms, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation at Hannover Messe 2017

Software platforms, Internet of Things, Digital Transformation and many more manufacturing technologies brought 225,000 people to Hannover last April. I think I got the last available hotel room in the Hannover as I prepared for an intense three days of meetings. I’ve written a couple of posts already. But there is much more. My trip […]

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Internet of Things Platform Comes to Maintenance Management

I returned from Hannover with a notebook filled with Internet of Things platform notes. Then I attend a teleconference press conference last week—and here is Internet of Things meets Maintenance Management. (OK, sounds like a B movie title, but it’s actually cool.) Fluke acquired eMaint late last year and last week unveiled the fruit of […]

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BorgWarner Increases Overall Equipment Effectiveness With Lean Software Product

Software solution underlies project to improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in a BorgWarner plant. Lean practitioners once hated automation and software. Over the years, though, appropriate use of these technologies actually improves Lean performance. Here is a case study. The cloud-based lean manufacturing solution provider Leading2Lean was part of a Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) solution […]

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Automated Change Management Software For Industrial Control

Change management is a huge issue in automation and control. Who makes the change, when, what was done, was it authorized, and more questions. I’ve had many chats with leaders of companies who provide change management tools over the years. Here is a Honeywell solution. Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) today announced the introduction of documentation […]

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Without Analytics The IIoT Is Meaningless

Connecting your plant devices through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) generates lots of data; but, without powerful analytics and visualization, it’s all meaningless. Therefore, Plex today announced a new analytics product. The IntelliPlex Production Analytic Application, available now, taps IIoT data to provide manufacturing leaders with enterprise-wide insight into the performance of production operations, […]

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Mobility, Augmented Reality, Application Suites–New Technologies Coming

Connections, services, augmented reality. Three technology directions and three companies that contacted me last month to point out some cool things going on, often beneath the radar. One of them just raised a bunch of VC money, though. I think you’ll be hearing more. Now that I’m catching my breath from a couple of intense […]

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