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Manufacturing PLM Acquisitions Continue

There is definitely something interesting brewing in the PLM (product lifecycle management) space. There have been several acquisitions. Here’s another one. Dassault Systèmes, the self-proclaimed “3DEXPERIENCE” Company, developer of 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, signed a definitive share purchase agreement for Dassault Systèmes to acquire Quintiq, a […]

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Internet of Things Market Consolidation Continues

The Internet of Things conversation for industrial/manufacturing application is certainly picking up steam. Meanwhile, I’m really intrigued by what PTC is up to. It recently acquired ThingWorx, now it has announced acquisition of Axeda. PTC is a company usually identified as “product lifecycle management” which is usually a term referring to design. The major players […]

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Leadership Change At Smart Manufacturing Coalition

The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition’s (SMLC) Board of Directors has elected Jim Wetzel, Technical Director of General Mills, to succeed Dean Bartles as Chair, effective immediately. CEO Denise Swink, states, “Jim Wetzel is well-recognized for his ability to strategize, lead large teams and drive technology growth and innovation at great scale. With 35 years of […]

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Improving Manufacturing Operations

I have long known the benefits that are possible with the proper implementation of the Layer 3 software commonly known as manufacturing execution software or MES. The ISA 95 framework model calls the application Manufacturing Operations Management, or MOM. At its best, implementing MOM makes manufacturing professionals think about their processes. The software collects data […]

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Emerson Process Innovation Center Open House

An international gathering of media and dignitaries (including yours truly) witnessed the grand opening of Emerson Process Management’s Emerson Innovation Center – Process Systems and Solutions in Round Rock, Texas, near Austin on Jan. 30. Dignitaries at the grand opening included Texas Governor Rick Perry and Dell CEO Michael Dell. This 282,000-square-foot, nearly $70 million facility […]

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New Platform For Linking Manufacturing and Internet of Things

I talked yesterday with Guido Jouret, general manager of Internet of Things Business Group, at Cisco about a new product/platform that combines networking and computation bringing new capabilities to the support of the Internet of Things. “Cisco is very excited to accelerate innovation in the Internet of Things by delivering IOx, which provides the ability […]

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Siemens’ Ludwig Bullish on Manufacturing in the USA

There is definitely one executive out on the front lines providing thought leadership for what he calls the Manufacturing Renaissance in the US. Interestingly, he is German and CEO of a German company–well, regional CEO anyway. Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry USA, just held his second press conference of the year touting manufacturing improvements. […]

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Using Automation and Operations Management Technology To Reimagine Cities

I’ve often written about how automation and operations management professionals should think beyond their boundaries and look for new problems to solve. Invensys (Wonderware) has been working at just that idea. This is what they wanted to talk to me about during my appointment in Hannover, Germany last April. Here’s a release about a new […]

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