Tag Archives | manufacturing operations

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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MESA International

MESA International Announces Smart Manufacturing Conference 2017 Dates

MESA International has found a willing home for its annual North American conference once again aligning with the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology (M&T) Conference & Expo. Both events will be held at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 8 – 10, 2017.  Registration for the global MESA community is now open. I […]

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Modular Manufacturing Management Software

The major manufacturing management software trend of the year is modular. Let’s make it easier to buy, install, configure, and use.  The latest company with a major upgrade is Parsec. The company has announced launch of the latest version of its modular manufacturing management software: TrakSYS. A unified, 100% web-based platform with multiple, fully-integrated modules, […]

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cybersecurity

Real-Time Cyber Attack Detection for SCADA Devices

SCADA devices and networks remain a prime target for cyber attacks. Everything I’ve written has approached cybersecurity from a different angle. This is the first solution that has come my way that uses a deception approach. Attivo Networks announced Dec. 7, 2015 a release of its deception-based Attivo BOTsink solution that provides continuous threat detection […]

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More Robots Do Not Equal Manufacturing Job Losses

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) today published a white paper entitled “Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth” in which data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a wide range of manufacturing firms document how and why increasing the use of robots is associated with increased employment. Key statistics […]

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Study Finds Manufacturing Industry Ready for Internet of Things

97 percent of survey respondents in the manufacturing industry believe IoT is the most significant technology initiative of the decade. OK, that is the kind of statistic that grabs the attention of someone who writes extensively about the Industrial Internet of Things. But the statistic also seems counter to other surveys I have seen where […]

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Business Opportunities from Industrial Internet of Things

Tim Sowell, Schneider Electric (Wonderware) vp and fellow, has been writing a weekly blog that I report on for a while now. His Operations Management Systems Evolution blog is always thoughtful and informative. Recently, I have discovered another Schneider Electric blog, this one by someone whom I do not know (I think)–Gregory Conary. Each take […]

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Systems Integration and Configurable Manufacturing Software

Tim Sowell, Schneider Electric Fellow and Vice President, is always thinking two or three steps ahead of the rest of us. His weekly blog is on my must-read list. This week he tackles the future role of systems integrators—assuming that manufacturing software becomes much more configurable out of the box (therefore requiring much less custom […]

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