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

Four Things Quality 4.0 Isn’t: Correcting Common Misconceptions

Posted by Dan Jacob on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Have you ever played the game “Twenty Questions?” It’s a great game for long car rides, as I was reminded recently while taking an old-school family road trip from Pittsburgh to Maine. Fifteen hours of non-stop driving with nothing but the car radio, snacks and each other’s company means you’ll eventually play every game you know (at least twice).

For those unfamiliar, Twenty Questions is a game where one player thinks of something, and the other players have 20 questions to guess what it is. I've found that process of elimination can be an effective strategy. To discover what the thing is, it’s helpful to first determine what it isn’t.

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Tags: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0

What is SAP Leonardo? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 @ 01:25 PM

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

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

5 Most Asked Questions from the EHS 4.0 Webcast

Posted by Peter Bussey on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 @ 08:45 AM

On Thursday, November 9, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “EHS 4.0: Leveraging Technology to Reach New Levels of Safety and Environmental Performance.” The presentation explained a new approach to EHS management that helps EHS leaders overcome the complexity and risks typical in today’s business environment.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

GE’s Minds + Machines Goes Conventional [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Nov 06, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

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

GE held its sixth Minds + Machines event the week of October 23 in San Francisco, home to past events, but in a new venue.  During the past several years GE transformed industrial-style locations into conference venues, demonstrating as it did so its ability to use its own technology to rapidly spin up what amounted to a small city.  Attendance has grown from 150 at the first event to over 3800 today, with this year almost double from 2016 — making the larger Moscone Convention Center a necessity.

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Tags: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Digital Transformation, #MondayMusings, Operational Architecture

Aligning Technology with Business Goals at Lockheed Martin

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Digital Transformation is taking off in the fighter jet industry and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program is a valuable example of taking a disciplined approach to connecting strategic objectives and technology selection.

Over the past three years, the company — like many other industrial and manufacturing organizations — has faced pressure to cut costs and ramp production. In 2014, Lockheed Martin began planning a major upgrade of its plant-floor software to scale production. This involved an assessment of its 80+ homegrown software applications and highly-customized commercial complex assembly manufacturing solution (CAMS) and manufacturing execution system (MES). Needless to say, this software hodgepodge presented risks and limitations, as the company set about overhauling and updating its mission-critical manufacturing systems.

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Tags: Case Study, Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Operational Architecture