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6 Most Asked Questions from Digital Twin: Discrete Manufacturers Making the Connection from Innovation to Performance Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 01:38 PM

On Tuesday, October 16, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Digital Twin: Discrete Manufacturers Making the Connection from Innovation to Performance.” The presentation explained the state of play of Digital Twin in discrete industries, where it’s going in the coming years, and how this exciting mix of real with virtual for products and assets will deliver endless possibilities to improve performance and competitive advantage in discrete manufacturing .

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Tags: Digital Twin, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

The What, Why and How of Digital Twin in Discrete Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

The goal of a Digital Twin is to have a software copy that behaves as closely as possible to its real-world twin, capturing every single attribute of that physical thing. We are often focused on Digital Twin of a product – because as products evolve their Digital Twin can be updated to reflect the new product, it can also predate the new product. But what about the benefits of having a Digital Twin for assets? Consider a manufacturing plant, we can start with small pieces of equipment that are vital to the production – the more critical that equipment is, the more likely is it that a Digital Twin will deliver benefits. The component, of course, must be significant enough to warrant the (high) cost of developing a Digital Twin or have enough pre-existing models available to construct a first-generation Digital Twin. The key for executives is to understand that Digital Twins can bring immediate benefit to a manufacturing plant (and the products it produces), but they are a long-term play rather than a quick fix.

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Tags: Digital Twin, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

There’s No Industrial Transformation Without Operational Architecture

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Our journey through the Analytics That Matter series has shown that the Operational Architecture is a critical factor in building an analytics environment that can deliver value at all levels (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive). It’s also clear that where Operational Architecture is concerned, one size does not fit all. Operational Architecture is one piece of the operational and data model puzzle manufacturers need to ensure success. Many industrial organizations ask, “Why doesn’t one size fit all?” Let’s explore that statement and explain why right-sizing each element is key for success.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

4 Most Asked Questions from The Analytics That Matter: A Fresh Perspective on Operational Architecture Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

On Thursday, August 23, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Analytics That Matter: A Fresh Perspective on Operational Architecture.” The presentation explained the results of the 2018 Analytics that Matter survey and helped industrial executives understand a new dimension of Operational Architecture. The discussion also covered the data and analytics architecture that powers Digital Transformation goals.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Hannover Messe 2018: Digital Transformation, Edge, Cloud, and More [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, May 07, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

In 2013, the concept of Industrie 4.0 was first touted at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest, and most expensive manufacturing show for exhibitors, industrial automation, and equipment. In the ensuing five years, the halls have been full of hype, everything 4.0 and grand promises of what is coming soon. Thankfully, signals from the Messe this year are aimed at delivery on a commercial scale. The Industrie 4.0 messaging spread across dozens of stands has gone, and the stand holders seem to be ready to deliver the first stage of benefits that Digital Transformation promises.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Cloud, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Standards in the IIoT: ISA-95 and Beyond

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

 

In our recent work on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM), LNS Research has highlighted the inexorable journey MOM systems are taking as they become an integral part of IIoT-based systems and solutions. Much of this journey, when looked at from the outside, is somewhat haphazard to date as each vendor is doing its own thing. Hopefully, that will change as we move towards MOM 4.0, the seventh life of MOM.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Information Technology

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

In my long career in manufacturing operations, I have had many discussions with product design teams for discrete manufacturing. These discussions have ranged from pure delight to taxing because while the product designers were smart and creative they were also somewhat self-centred. Sharing of data has been a natural extension of sharing ideas, goals, and success for those of us who have worked together in design and operations, and data sharing usually resulted  in new products.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology, IT/OT, Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

All New Analytics That Matter Survey from LNS Research and MESA International

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

LNS Research is thrilled to launch the first Analytics That Matter survey in partnership with MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International. For the last six years we partnered with MESA on the Metrics That Matter survey, which has been one important foundational element of LNS Research’s primary data-driven research. As the use of plant-centric data has expanded dramatically since the last survey in early 2016, we decided to change the focus from overall metrics to the use of analytics in manufacturing operations and beyond.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Benchmarking, Metrics, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM), Big Data, Asset Reliability, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Mobile / Mobility

8 Most Asked Questions from the Making MOM Choices in a Changing World Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 01:46 PM

On Wednesday, February 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Making Manufacturing Operations Management Choices in a Changing World.” The presentation examined the complex considerations involved in MOM system choices, why the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) will partially merge, and what to expect in terms of data organization and protocols.  The discussion also included an examination of how manufacturing information architectures will change as companies move to smart manufacturing.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Connected Assets, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

IIoT and MOM – Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 02:10 PM

Here at LNS Research we have been covering the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) market for the last six years and have witnessed a considerable change in the manufacturing software industry. MOM has been a crucial part of the industrial software stack that is defined by the ISA-95 standard and depicted in the diagram below. MOM is the bridging point between operations and business systems, the place where Operational Technology (OT) and IT converge.

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Tags: IT/OT, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)