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

Safety Down, Data Speed Up, Factory Just About Anywhere, & a Smelly Plant [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as OSHA releases a list of the ten most cited violations in 2016; MIT speeds up data preparation for analysis; manufacturing without the plant: factory in a box; and Missouri-plant violates air quality regulations. Read More

Tags: Quality Management, Big Data, EHS, Digital Transformation

[Infographic] Operationalize Your EHS Management System in 6 Steps

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

EHS and operations business leaders face tough new challenges in ensuring processes are safe, reliable, and sustainable. Compliance obligations are becoming more complicated. Increasingly complex business networks and dynamic operating environments expose organizations to new risks. Stakeholder expectations for transparency and accuracy in disclosing risks and performance are more intense than ever. The need to have strong EHS management systems has never been greater.

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Tags: Risk Management, Big Data, Mobility, EHS, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

OSIsoft, SAP, and Splunk focus on Big Data Analytics for Industry [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings blog series provides executive level insights and analysis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Digital Transformation from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Tags: MOM, PLM, Big Data, IIoT, #MondayMusings

Mega Cloud Looms, the Requisite Acquisition News, & Big Bucks for IoT [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 09, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Microsoft and ABB working toward Cloud technology; Rockwell Automation acquires MAVERICK Technologies; and SAP invests $2.25 billion in IoT.

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Tags: ERP, Big Data, Internet of Things, IIoT, cloud

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

What EHS Managers Need to Know About Digital Transformation

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 10:31 AM

As an Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) manager or professional, you’re well-aware of the critical role EHS plays in Operational Excellence. There is no doubt that your company has one (or more) continuous improvement initiatives aimed towards operational efficiency and effectiveness; perhaps it’s based on a Lean approach or Six Sigma. A strong EHS component is necessary for such initiatives to produce desired results. After all, an unsafe plant that doesn’t meet compliance obligations or manage operational risks is not a smooth-running, profitable plant.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Big Data, EHS, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, cloud, Digital Transformation

6 Top Questions from Yesterday's Smart Connected Assets Webcast

Posted by Jason Kasper on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 11:44 AM

On Tuesday, September 20, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “The Role of Smart Connected Assets in Digital Transformation.” This presentation focused on how Digital Transformation initiatives and enabling technologies from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platforms enable organizations to evolve business models. It further explains the IIoT, Cloud, Big Data Analytics, and Mobility, and how these technology trends drive better communication, asset maintenance, and products and services that create greater business value.

Here are the most-asked questions we received during the presentation.

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Tags: Big Data, Smart Connected Assets, IIoT, cloud, 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