PowerPlex Momentum Continues in 2017 & Intelex Launches EHSQ Alliance [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: ERP, Quality Management, EHS, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

The Smart Connected Asset Requires a Robust Digital Twin

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Asset performance management (APM), like manufacturing itself, is evolving to leverage the digital technology associated with Cloud, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Mobility, and Big Data and the associated Analytics. This overall industrial shift has been referred to as both Industry (or Industrie) 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing. Accordingly, LNS has set forth a vision of how APM must evolve in support of these highly digital, capable manufacturing assets which we call APM 4.0.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Why OEE and Plant Visualization Projects Keep Failing [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, OEE, IIoT, Digital Transformation, IT/OT Convergence, #MondayMusings

Shape Organizational Culture to Drive Operational Excellence

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, May 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Organizational culture is one of those ubiquitous but nebulous terms thrown around in the business world. “We have a strong culture of continuous improvement” … “Our safety culture is lacking” … “We need to change the culture around here.” These and similar expressions might be heard in the executive suite, the plant manager’s office, or on the shop floor.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Environment Health and Safety, EHS

Reflections on IIoT Platforms at Hannover Messe 2017

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

To get a true sense of the impact of Hannover Messe 2017, let’s revisit the 2016 event. Last year, there was plenty of publicity and hype for Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However, a peek behind the scenes revealed little substance and certainly no sellable products. Nevertheless, we certainly gathered a few interesting memories from the event.

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Tags: Internet of Things, IIoT, Smart Manufacturing

Industrial and Manufacturing Technology Center Stage in April [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, May 07, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as EHS tech company buys competitor; Librestream snags a wearables partner; Pilgrim has a new Cloud partner; and Huawei and GE team up for new PM solution.

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Tags: Predictive Maintenance, EHS, cloud

Top 5 Questions from this Week's APM 4.0 Webcast

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, May 05, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

On May, 2, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “APM 4.0: Get Ready, Make the Move.” The presentation examined the global state of asset performance, the key capabilities of APM 4.0, how to prepare for and execute a successful APM 4.0 strategy, and recommendations to advance APM 4.0 throughout the organization.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Hannover Messe 2017 – 13 Digitalization Highlights from the Show Floor

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 03:31 PM

Hannover Messe is the Super Bowl for industrial technology analysts, and 2017 did not disappoint. LNS Research had a very successful show, with myself, Andrew Hughes, and Greg D’Andrea in attendance. Across the three of us, we met with over 25 vendors and this post represents our version of the ESPN highlight reel.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Predictive Maintenance, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Leadership in Manufacturing: Digital Transformation

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

The world of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is not known for fast changes or exciting new opportunities. Steady progress and gradually better integration with corporate IT systems have been the norms for three decades. All this has been driven by shop floor technologists and engineers with a variable amount of help from IT departments. Everything is changing, and now is the
time for business leaders to spearhead that change.

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Tags: MOM, IIoT, Digital Transformation

5 Mistakes Companies Make When Adopting EQMS

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

When a person has been in industry for a while, they tend to see the same patterns repeat themselves. How businesses deploy Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) is one example; companies tend to experience a common pathway, and take a similar approach. Often, it takes a lot of time and effort to get the budget for an EQMS deployment, and the budget award is greeted with excitement! All too often this initial euphoria is replaced by disillusionment or disappointment over the course of the project.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management