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People, Connections, Technology—Schneider Automation Conference

Day 2, or my first full day in Dallas at the 2015 Schneider Electric Global Automation conference, was packed with sessions, meetings, and dinner. Keynotes at a user conference are always a mixed bag. Usually there is a well-known author or leader to give a motivational message. Usually the CEO gives a state-of-the-company address. And […]

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Catching Up With ABB Automation and Power World

I was not able to attend ABB’s Automation and Power World this year. Too many places to go at the same time. However, someone I trust, Mehul Shah of LNS Research, was there and wrote his observations on the LNS blog. Mehul focuses on software and linked it to the Internet of Things. “The conference […]

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Industrial Internet Testbed Announced

Developing testbeds for testing development of technology extensions seems to be hot right now. The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition has a couple going in conjunction with US government money. There is a bid out from the US government for development of some more, also related to energy efficiency. The Industrial Internet Consortium announced its first energy-focused […]

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2015 Automation, Business, Manufacturing Prognostications

Let the debates begin! Jim Pinto has published his 2015 prognostications in the latest JimPintoBlog. Check out his entire list and enter your thoughts on his blog. I’ll highlight some of his thoughts and add some of my own.   Automation Industry Trends New inflection points will change the leadership lineup. GM—I do not expect […]

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Hydrogen Automobiles Coming Finally

News has come in from the International CES show in Las Vegas (the show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show). It sounds more like a Detroit Auto Show than consumer electronics. Maybe the reason for the name change. Toyota is opening the door to the hydrogen future for automobiles, making available thousands of hydrogen […]

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US Government Continues Acting on Smart Manufacturing

Last month, the Obama administration announced another smart manufacturing initiative through a “Notice of Intent to Issue FOA.” That is a “Funding Opportunity Announcement.” This follows another initiative in which the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition was awarded funds to develop several test beds. In government-speak: DE-FOA-0001262: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA entitled “Clean Energy […]

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Manufacturing Output Up in the US

News from the US Federal Reserve. Manufacturing remains a positive for the US economy. Report Industrial production increased 1.3 percent in November after edging up in October; output is now reported to have risen at a faster pace over the period from June through October than previously published. In November, manufacturing output increased 1.1 percent, […]

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