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), Manufacturing Operations

5 Most Asked Questions from the Making MOM Choices in a Changing World Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 01:46 PM

On Wednesday, February 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Making Manufacturing Operations Management Choices in a Changing World.” The presentation examined the complex considerations involved in MOM system choices, why the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) will partially merge, and what to expect in terms of data organization and protocols.  The discussion also included an examination of how manufacturing information architectures will change as companies move to smart manufacturing.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

Digitalization Getting Bigger [ROUNDUP]

Posted by Diane Murray on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

In this monthly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Siemens AG announces new global user group; what’s driving UK’s tech job market; LiveTiles’ new artificial intelligence partnership; and Kroger’s newest “Zero Waste” investment.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

IIoT and MOM – Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 02:10 PM

Here at LNS Research we have been covering the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) market for the last six years and have witnessed a considerable change in the manufacturing software industry. MOM has been a crucial part of the industrial software stack that is defined by the ISA-95 standard and depicted in the diagram below. MOM is the bridging point between operations and business systems, the place where Operational Technology (OT) and IT converge.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, IT/OT

A Large Industrial is Reinventing Operational Excellence with Digital Technology [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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LNS Research believes that 2018 will be the year that the dogmatic approach to Lean and Six Sigma breaks down. A new breed of large industrial company will emerge and prove that an innovative approach is needed to fully capture the potential benefits of digital technology in manufacturing.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT, #MondayMusings

3 Things to Expect in 2018: IIoT Predictions Your C-Suite Needs to Hear ASAP

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Dec 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

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2017 has been a memorable year in the world of IIoT and Digital Transformation – we passed the milestone of transition from peak hype and talking about what’s possible, to actually planning and in some cases doing what’s practical.

The vendor community had its fair share of high-profile setbacks, but positive momentum outweighed the negative.  As we move into the post-peak hype era many winners will emerge – vendors, yes, but most importantly industrial end users.  The manufacturing enterprise C-suite needs to consider the business ramifications now; those who are already on the journey or have their plans in place are going to win big.  The ones that don’t?—Let’s just say that any business still doubting or “considering it” may very well be in a difficult spot in 2019 or even as early as the end of 2018.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

OSIsoft Creates New Growth Potential

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Over the last few months, we’ve had many interactions with OSIsoft; we were delighted to attend its recent European user conference in London’s vibrant docklands and followed that up with a number of conversations.  The numerous encounters gives us a chance to look back and consider how things are moving forward for the organization.  As always, OSIsoft attracted a plethora of large industrial companies that are household names to its event, not just to attend but to speak about their successes with PI System.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Information Technology, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Digital Transformation

Design for Reliability: State of the Market and Transformation

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 09:29 AM

What do vehicles, transmissions, HVAC, and appliances have in common?  Among other things, they are all historically primarily mechanical products that now contain increasing electronic and software content, which is broadly true of many product categories.  While these new devices deliver unprecedented performance or convenience, the shift in product content means product complexity like never before.  And, as complexity increases, so too does the probability of failure of at least some components.  Unfortunately for manufacturers, reliability and warranty expectations have, if anything, become more stringent.

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Tags: Cost of Quality (CoQ), Digital Transformation

Analyzing Emerson Exchange and Automation Fair from Rockwell Automation – Two Leaders with Similar but Different Approaches [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 02:16 PM

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from recent briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

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Labor Day to Thanksgiving is typically a three-month sprint for industrial automation and software analysts, with many of the leading vendors holding annual conferences. That means the week after is both a time to give thanks and enjoy a respite from heavy travel.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings

When MES Paves the Way in Digital Transformation: Summing It All Up

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

LNS has had lots of interest in our research on jumpstarting Digital Transformation with MES. It has led to many conversations with manufacturers and, unsurprisingly, these conversations have differed hugely depending on the level of digital maturity and the industry in the company involved. What became clear during these discussions is that companies with little automation and less manufacturing operations integration were keenest to get going with a Digital Transformation initiative.

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Tags: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Digital Transformation