Andrew Hughes

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Wake Up to Security in MES – It Will Not Wait

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

In recent research on Manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing operations, we have looked at ways of moving from monolithic MES solutions to agiler, distributed systems based on Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms. 

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Tags: MOM, Big Data, MES, IIoT, cloud

Is There Opportunity for MOM Apps in IIoT Platforms?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

The Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) industry has been greatly influenced over the last few years. Two major ways these changes have come to be are through:

The MOM M&A activity has changed the competitive landscape.

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

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

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

Industry 4.0 is About More Than Data: 3D Printing in Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

In our blog, we have often written about Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). When you look at that output and discussion from thousands of experts and analysts around the world, by far the majority is about data and how Digital Transformation will change the way manufacturing companies are run.

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Tags: MOM, IIoT, Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing

The Seven Lives of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Everyone involved in the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) industry realizes that the sector has always been dogged by a plethora of challenges to its growth.

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Tags: MOM, IIoT, Digital Transformation

5 Top Questions & More from Yesterday's Cloud MES Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 01:15 PM

January 19, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Modern MES: Are Companies Finally Ready for Cloud Options?” The broadcast featured Bloom Energy’s CTO, Venkat Venkataraman who presented their findings and experiences with Cloud MES. Industrial companies and manufacturers tuned in to get an accurate understanding about the realities of today’s options. Mr. Venkataraman explained how Bloom selected the right MES solution for their new plant, then rolled it out to all the other facilities in its network.

 

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, cloud

The Road to the Center of the Enterprise: Smart Manufacturing [Infographic]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Learn how manufacturing is becoming the center of the enterprise with this rapid-fire infographic. Understand what Smart Manufacturing means, the new role of manufacturing operations in the enterprise, why companies should start the journey now, and how to drive it an IIoT world. 

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, Digital Transformation, Smart Manufacturing

4 Top Questions from Yesterday's Smart Manufacturing Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

On Wednesday, November 2, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Smart Manufacturing: How Manufacturing is Becoming the Center of the Enterprise.” This presentation helped companies understand what they need to drive Smart Manufacturing in an IIoT world and the new role of manufacturing operations in the enterprise. It also discussed what Smart Manufacturing means and why companies should start the journey now, actions executives should take to address the convergence of IT and OT, and key criteria for selecting a MOM partner to support next-generation business solutions.

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Start with Manufacturing Transformation to Achieve Smart Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

In our recent eBook on Smart Manufacturing, we focused a lot on data and the requirements for information to enable Digital Transformation. We realize that there are many (around 80%) of manufacturers who have no data historians or manufacturing execution systems (MES) and many with little automation at all, especially in discrete manufacturing industries. Here at LNS Research, we are always excited to learn about new technologies and the opportunities that they offer. However, the reality is rather different in most of our manufacturing clients who are interested in improving their operations.

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, Digital Transformation