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Operational Architecture Needs to Be a 2017 New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

While many of my colleagues have recently written blog posts to assess their 2016 predictions and forecast what key trends will emerge in 2017, I made no 2016 predictions to review. I spent most of 2016 looking at everything from ERP to the moving Cloud to impact-technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data. So, instead of making predictions about what could or will happen, I’ll use this opportunity to say what I believe manufacturers and other end users should do in 2017.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Architecture

Maintenance Professionals: 21st Century Blacksmiths

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Are maintenance professionals, including reliability engineers, about to go the way of blacksmiths? Digital Transformation makes it possible for IT staff to deliver Predictive Maintenance (PdM) results, but there is still tremendous value and need for maintenance pros.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, Digital Transformation

5 Predictions About Cloud’s Impact on Industrial Operations in 2017

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Cloud is one of the technological advances that has been cited as pivotal to Digital Transformation. Yet, for many manufacturers, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data/Predictive Analytics have dominated the conversation on just how manufacturing will transform.

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Tags: ERP, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

IT vs. OT: Who Does Guerrilla Tech Better?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:49 AM

Much of the new technology that is the foundation of Digital Transformation, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cloud, and Mobility have either their roots or widespread proliferation within the consumer sector which drives volume adoption. It is the consumer market size, which accelerates the evolution of the technology as well as the lowering of the price point. In most cases, the consumer-driven adoption of technology has been spurred on by the technologists within the IT department. For many manufacturers, the value of these new technologies is best realized on the shop floor.

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Tags: Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Information Technology, Mobility, Predictive Maintenance, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

The Open Process Automation Forum: Why Should a Manufacturer Care?

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:17 AM

Between discussions on the Industrial/Internet of Things (IIoT/IoT), Big Data & Predictive Analytics, Mobility, Cloud, and other aspects of technology that are driving Digital Transformation, it would seem that CIO’s and Chief Digital Officers have their hands full. What more could be on the horizon to further add to the crush of technology already overwhelming businesses?

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Tags: ERP, Big Data, Mobility, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

Avoid Overspending with the Right APM Solution Provider

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Asset Performance Management (APM) has become one of the most talked about practice areas in the industrial sector. Every user group meeting in the automation sector that LNS Research analysts have attended recently has spoken of reliability, APM, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as the way to drive Operational Excellence.

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Tags: MOM, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Mobility, IIoT, cloud

Users Prioritize APM Functionality and Ease of Integration Ahead of Cost

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

Manufacturing companies have the reputation of being very cost-sensitive when it comes to procuring application software. Almost every end user company LNS Research engages with that is conducting a vendor selection exercise has cost as a key element of its process. However, despite manufacturing’s reputation, the reality is companies put cost behind both functionality and ease of integration when it comes to purchasing decisions for Asset Performance Management (APM) application procurement.

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Tags: Big Data, Asset Performance Management, cloud

Xtivity and its Cloud-Based xIO Inventory Optimizer

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

The only thing worse than having a piece of equipment fail is to have it fail and not have the parts to readily repair it at hand. Because of this, many companies stock a plethora of spare parts which drives their carrying cost for that inventory sky-high. Although balancing the risk of not having the spare parts when needed versus the costs of carrying inventory is not a trivial problem; many companies have not yet addressed the issue. That’s why we are highlighting Xtivity and its Cloud-based solution, xIO Inventory Optimizer.

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Tags: Risk Management, Cloud-Computing, Asset Performance Management

Top 5 Take-Aways from the Smart Manufacturing Roundtable

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Oct 06, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

On October 3rd, LNS Research conducted its first Manufacturing Operations Roundtable on the subject of Smart Manufacturing. Besides our gracious host, Alcoa/Arconic, attendees included executives from Magna, Cargill, USG, Lexmark, Praxair, and Eaton. The day-long event started off with LNS Research setting the stage about Smart Manufacturing and what it is, and insight on where we saw the industry pursuing initiatives and success related to Smart Manufacturing today.

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Tags: MOM, Big Data, MES, Digital Transformation

The Siemens Approach to APM: Focus on Equipment Reliability

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a metric that most manufacturers rely on to help them understand how well their manufacturing operations are performing. Almost every discussion LNS Research has with end user clients about manufacturing operations eventually comes to OEE. A key factor influencing OEE is asset reliability. The bottom line is that a poorly performing asset due to poor maintenance can kill your OEE performance. The challenge that many companies face is there are multiple ways to address reliability. That’s why LNS Research is highlighting the automation and Product Life Management (PLM) giant, Siemens, and its approach to equipment reliability.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, OEE, reliability