Open Process Automation Forum 2018 - A Year to Make or Break

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 10:33 AM

LNS joined the Open Process Automation (OPA) Forum in early 2017. A year after, here is our assessment on how far the forum has come and what the remainder of 2018 means. The OPA forum made some considerable progress in 2017, but 2018 will be the real indicator of OPA’s success or failure. The most prominent challenge facing OPA is breaking the mindset that the future must evolve from the past in small steps. OPA needs a mutation to change the way the industry needs. There will be winners and losers in any technology evolution, and the next generation of process control automation systems will be no exception.

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Tags: Industrial Automation, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

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)

2018 Asset Performance Management Predictions

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

Every year LNS analysts offer up our predictions on what the year will bring in each of our coverage areas. In 2018 the most significant shift in APM will be the move away from the maintenance-centric approach that APM was born from 15-20 years ago including enterprise asset management (EAM), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and a focus on reliability and downtime reduction to APM 4.0. APM 4.0 with the emphasis on Digital Twins and prescriptive analytics is more about asset optimization than just reliability and availability.

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Tags: Predictive Maintenance (PM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Reliability, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

Modern Plants, Fresh Tech, Big Money [ROUNDUP]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Mar 05, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

This month in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as food producer builds an Industry 4.0 plant; EHS tech company buys quality software firm; tech giant boasts of fueling economy by $4B; a new compliance and risk software release; LED light company flips the switch on IIoT application; machine learning company banks $4M; and two companies collaborate for connected plant analytics.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Compliance, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

New Consortium Member, FDA Warning, and High-Tech Deal in East Texas [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Dec 11, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

This week in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Industrial Internet Consortium welcomes a new member; the FDA’s new guidance release; and Delek Refinery in East Texas Buys Honeywell performance product.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, 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: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Asset Reliability, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Busy Season for Lawmakers & Tech Vendors: ABB, GE, C3 IoT & Honeywell  in the News [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Sep 11, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as C3 IoT raised $70 million in equity financing; an IoT bill is under U.S. consideration; GE explores 3D printing; Emerson selects Honeywell's reliability solutions; and ABB announces a new Chief Digital Officer (CDO).

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Tags: Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability

IoT in Commercial Aviation Requires a New Collaboration Standard

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

During the week following July 4th, two airlines, flydubai and Qantas, announced that they had deployed IoT systems to optimize flight operations. Flydubai is working with GE Aviation/Predix to reduce the impact of unavoidable delays, optimize flight scheduling, and monitor engine health. Qantas took a different approach, working with the University of Sydney to develop a system that optimizes flight paths to reduce fuel consumption and optimize the airline’s operational efficiency.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Reliability

FANUC, Cisco, & Rockwell Collaborate on IIoT & HP Upholds Sustainability [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Avoiding 'Hoverboard' Mishaps with Operational Architecture and Standards

If the recent holiday craze over hoverboards has proved anything, it’s that not all "great ideas" are actually great ideas...

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Tags: Sustainability, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Risk Management, Big Data, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability

Understanding Big Data Analytics in Manufacturing: Comparing Splunk, Seeq, & Sight Machine [Monday Musings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

OSISoft has been the undisputed leader in the data historian market for over 20 years. The world, however, is changing; Big Data Analytics startups now have viable products for the industrial space and either directly compete with or create value from time series data, and hence, OSISoft.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Cloud, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM)