Standards in the IIoT: ISA-95 and Beyond

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:36 AM

 

In our recent work on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM), LNS Research has highlighted the inexorable journey MOM systems are taking as they become an integral part of IIoT-based systems and solutions. Much of this journey, when looked at from the outside, is somewhat haphazard to date as each vendor is doing its own thing. Hopefully, that will change as we move towards MOM 4.0, the seventh life of MOM.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Information Technology

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

In my long career in manufacturing operations, I have had many discussions with product design teams for discrete manufacturing. These discussions have ranged from pure delight to taxing because while the product designers were smart and creative they were also somewhat self-centred. Sharing of data has been a natural extension of sharing ideas, goals, and success for those of us who have worked together in design and operations, and data sharing usually resulted  in new products.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology, IT/OT, Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

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: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Benchmarking, Metrics, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM), Big Data, Asset Reliability, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Mobile / Mobility

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

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

Plex Systems: Can Cloud Manufacturing ERP Break Through? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:00 PM

Plex Systems is a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), multitenant enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor with a historical focus on discrete manufacturers that are small and mid-size businesses (SMB) headquartered in North America, largely across the automotive supply chain. The company does have a growing number of customers in food and beverage and high tech. LNS Research recently participated in Plex’s Future of Manufacturing Roundtable, a joint customer advisory board / analyst event. The conference featured a combined review of Plex System’s 2017 progress, customer engagement, and forward-looking plans.

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Tags: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, #MondayMusings, Cloud

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

Digital Twin in an IIoT World

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 02:10 PM

In our recent webinar and ebook on jumpstarting digital transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems, we introduced the idea of moving towards a Digital Twin in the digital journey. Although the term "Digital Twin" emerged some 15 years ago, it's only now that computing power and simulation technology is sufficient to allow us to deploy Digital Twin solutions.

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

6 Most Asked Questions from the 1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Oct 20, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

On Thursday, October 19, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “1-2-3 to Digital Transformation with MES: Manufacturing Operations, Maturity, Platform.” The presentation explained how to accurately assess and benchmark MOM against the ISA-95 model, plus other proven strategies to determine the right Digital Transformation jump-in point with manufacturing operations management.

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

The Journey Towards MOM 4.0

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 03:33 PM

In our recently published eBook on Digital Transformation with MES, LNS Research introduced the concept of MOM 4.0. This will come as no surprise to regular readers of LNS Research as we already have APM 4.0, Quality 4.0, and EHS 4.0. In this blog, and in subsequent posts and research papers, we will look at what MOM 4.0 is, the journey to achieve it, and the benefits of doing so.

Industry 4.0 denotes the fourth industrial revolution, one that has been developing over the last few years as many new technologies are maturing bringing with them the opportunity to improve the world of manufacturing across the enterprise and the life cycle of its products. Much of this technology is brought together in Industry 4.0 and other large initiatives such as Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation via Internet of Things Platforms that will be the key to the interoperability that will deliver value.

However, LNS Research feels that the success of journey to Digital Transformation will be down to the people more than technology or process.


What is MOM 4.0?

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