Andrew Hughes

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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

Automotive Industry: Ground Zero for Extended Supply Chain Digital Tsunami?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Let’s take a few moments to think about how much new technology has made its way into our automobiles and automobile-related transportation over the last few years. It’s been an exhilarating ride already, and our research is showing that the speed and impacts of new technology and business models are only going to increase, and touch everyone involved in the industry.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

Manufacturing Leaders Need to Show OT Leadership

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

It is very clear that the hype of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is here to stay. The IIoT is a necessary starting block for the Digital Transformation that is going to take place across the world of manufacturing in the coming years. Many manufacturing technologies will help to realize this transformation from smarter robots, through 3D printing, to a massive use of data to improve manufacturing processes. The worlds of information technology (IT) at the business level and operational technology (OT) in the manufacturing plant will converge and become intertwined.

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Tags: Big Data, Information Technology, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Automotive Industry: A Ground for Digitization Across the Extended Supply Chain

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

Let’s take a few moments to think about how much new technology has made its way into our automobiles and automobile-related transportation over the last few years. It’s been an exhilarating ride already, and our research is showing that the speed and impacts of new business models and technology is only going to increase, and touch everyone involved in the industry.

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Tags: Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

GE Digital in Paris: Digital Foundry and Minds+Machines

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

GE Digital was kind to invite my colleague Mehul Shah and me to two consecutive events in Paris last month: the launch of the Paris Digital Foundry and Minds+Machines 2016 Europe. Both were filled with inspirational talk of the GE vision, and reconfirmed to LNS Research that GE Digital is going all in on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) not just in the US, but globally.

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Tags: MOM, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

People, Process, and Technology: A BAE-Change Management Journey

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Gain a better understanding of how to pursue Change Management with traditional project management techniques to plan, execute, and measure milestones along the way to fully go-live of the new system in a world-wide organization; while identifying crucial factors that led to an improved MES implementation and the impacts on the company's five geographic locations with over 1,600 people in this upcoming Global Executive Council meeting.

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Tags: MOM, MES, IIoT, Digital Transformation

A New Cloud-Based MES System is Born, Welcome 42Q

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

For those of us who are Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy fans, the strange name of the latest Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) provider will be clear – 42 is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Arriving at the MESA and IndustryWeek conference in Chicago last week, we were greeted by a banner announcing the birth of 42Q, a new Cloud-based MES provider from San Jose, CA. It is a long time since we have seen a new fully developed MES solution hit the market.

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Tags: Cloud-Computing, Big Data, MES, Mobility, IIoT

Hannover Messe 2016 Showed Some Real Progress

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Over the last few years Hannover Messe has been the global focus for Industrie 4.0. This is no surprise since it is a German initiative and a vast number of German automation and industrial software companies have jumped on the bandwagon. This year, the words were still eminently visible across many, but a deeper look showed that real progress is being made in developing business processes and equipment to implement the concepts so important to Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Tags: MOM, Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, IIoT

The Reality of MOM/MES Implementation - It has a Long Way to Go

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

As manufacturing analysts we are always looking at new ideas in the industrial software and systems space. We love to predict the future and study the latest technologies being used in manufacturing plants.

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Tags: MOM, Internet of Things, IIoT, Digital Transformation

6 Questions from the Metrics that Matter Webinar

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

On March 29, LNS Research and MESA International hosted a webinar based on the results of the most recent edition of the biennial Metrics that Matter research study: "Metrics that Matter: Digging Through the Data in an IoT World," 

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Tags: IIoT