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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More