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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: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, #MondayMusings, 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: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

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

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

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

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

OSIsoft Creates New Growth Potential

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Over the last few months, we’ve had many interactions with OSIsoft; we were delighted to attend its recent European user conference in London’s vibrant docklands and followed that up with a number of conversations.  The numerous encounters gives us a chance to look back and consider how things are moving forward for the organization.  As always, OSIsoft attracted a plethora of large industrial companies that are household names to its event, not just to attend but to speak about their successes with PI System.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Information Technology, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

When MES Paves the Way in Digital Transformation: Summing It All Up

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

LNS has had lots of interest in our research on jumpstarting Digital Transformation with MES. It has led to many conversations with manufacturers and, unsurprisingly, these conversations have differed hugely depending on the level of digital maturity and the industry in the company involved. What became clear during these discussions is that companies with little automation and less manufacturing operations integration were keenest to get going with a Digital Transformation initiative.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Digital Transformation

Digital Twin in an IIoT World

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 02:10 PM

In our recent webinar and ebook on jumpstarting digital transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems, we introduced the idea of moving towards a Digital Twin in the digital journey. Although the term "Digital Twin" emerged some 15 years ago, it's only now that computing power and simulation technology is sufficient to allow us to deploy Digital Twin solutions.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Digital Transformation

6 Most Asked Questions from the 1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

On Thursday, October 19, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES: Manufacturing Operations, Maturity, Platform.” The presentation explained how to accurately assess and benchmark MOM against the ISA-95 model, plus other proven strategies to determine the right Digital Transformation jump-in point with manufacturing operations management.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Digital Transformation