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Schneider Electric Launches Next Generation IoT Architecture and Platform

Schneider Electric announced launch of what CTO Prith Banerjee called a major advance for its Internet of Things (IoT) architecture and strategy. I’ve had a bit of a problem wrapping my head around the announcement. That is because this is not a product announcement. It’s more of a strategy announcement. At the end of Banerjee’s […]

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FDT Group Announces IIoT Server and Extensions at SPS in Nuremberg

The FDT Group announced a revised mission statement, an IIoT Server, and agreements with other organizations—OPC Foundation, ODVA for CIP, and AutomationML–at its press conference at SPS 2016 in Nuremberg. This highlights the role of technology organizations in this connected era—they must cooperate and collaborate or die. “FDT is the open standard for industrial automation […]

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Industrial Automation Data Goes To The Enterprise

Kepware Technologies, a PTC business, announced the release of KEPServerEX Version 6 software for industrial automation data connectivity. A major release of its flagship industrial connectivity platform, Version 6 strengthens Kepware’s core product offering for global corporations requiring increased operational scalability, security, and support. Enhancements include a new method for remote configuration, additional languages that […]

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Emerson’s Renewed Plantweb Leverages Industrial Internet of Things

Emerson Automation (formerly Emerson Process Management) is the latest automation company to thoroughly exploit the Industrial Internet of Things as it unveiled its digital strategy and reinvigorated Plantweb architecture at Global Users Exchange 2016. Microsoft continues its deep penetration into industrial and manufacturing automation markets with a renewed commitment from Emerson. The companies announced at […]

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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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Automation Shines At 2016 IMTS

Hannover Messe brought a slice of its automation trade show to this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)—a venue known for huge machine tools. This was the second time, and it seems to be gaining some traction. Most exhibitors seemed to be central European, but there was a presence from a number of other North […]

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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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OPC, REST, Interoperability and Gotchas

New podcast. Following up on my popular podcast on “Why Big Companies Hate OPC UA Embedded”, I review recent writing on OPC UA, REST, MQTT and Sparkplug relative to needed interoperability. I focus on watching how companies implement REST and MQTT–whether they are using an open transport to move proprietary data types, or whether they […]

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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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