The What, Why and How of Digital Twin in Discrete Manufacturing

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

The goal of a Digital Twin is to have a software copy that behaves as closely as possible to its real-world twin, capturing every single attribute of that physical thing. We are often focused on Digital Twin of a product – because as products evolve their Digital Twin can be updated to reflect the new product, it can also predate the new product. But what about the benefits of having a Digital Twin for assets? Consider a manufacturing plant, we can start with small pieces of equipment that are vital to the production – the more critical that equipment is, the more likely is it that a Digital Twin will deliver benefits. The component, of course, must be significant enough to warrant the (high) cost of developing a Digital Twin or have enough pre-existing models available to construct a first-generation Digital Twin. The key for executives is to understand that Digital Twins can bring immediate benefit to a manufacturing plant (and the products it produces), but they are a long-term play rather than a quick fix.

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Tags: Digital Twin, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

There’s No Industrial Transformation Without Operational Architecture

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Our journey through the Analytics That Matter series has shown that the Operational Architecture is a critical factor in building an analytics environment that can deliver value at all levels (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive). It’s also clear that where Operational Architecture is concerned, one size does not fit all. Operational Architecture is one piece of the operational and data model puzzle manufacturers need to ensure success. Many industrial organizations ask, “Why doesn’t one size fit all?” Let’s explore that statement and explain why right-sizing each element is key for success.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

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)

PTC Taking Aim at IIoT Platform Market and Epicor Continues Vertical, Cloud, and UX Focus [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Jun 06, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

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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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Smart Connected Assets, #MondayMusings, Cloud, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Siemens Lines Up Its Digital Efforts to Compete in the Right Race [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Big Data, #MondayMusings, Cloud, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

Busy Week for Digital Solutions Companies: Acquisitions, Investments, & Product Releases [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Nov 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

This week in Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Koch Industries Invests in Infor; GE Digital Acquires Three Tech Companies; Arena’s Newest Release; and Siemens Buys Mentor Graphics.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Cloud, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

New PLM Offering, Legacy Machines into the Cloud, A/C Gets Connected, and An Industry 4.0 Role Model [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Oct 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as Siemens' new PLM offering; collaboration and testing for a new connectivity device and platform; Faurecia's Industry 4.0 plant in Indiana; and a Panasonic/Schneider Electric partnership and integration for energy management.

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Tags: Cloud, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

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: Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)

Season of Standards & Frameworks, Digital Goldmines, and Tech Vendor Doings [Roundup]

Posted by Diane Murray on Sun, Sep 25, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as IIC's Industrial Internet Security Framework; the new global quality standard for auto industry; a global mining company digitizes global operations; industry-specific PLM approach; and Oracle's acquisition of a supply chain management vendor.

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Tags: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Rockwell Automation TechED 2016: Setting the Stage for Transformation

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

On June 13-17th in Orlando, Florida over 2,100 attendees joined Rockwell Automation for #ROKTechED 2016. I have been attending the event since 2008 and it continues to grow each year. Outside of Automation Fair, #ROKTechED now represents the largest user event hosted by the company. To the uninitiated, this year’s event may have seemed like more of the same and a continuation of the Connected Enterprise theme. To those paying attention to the nuance of language and posturing used, I saw a company starting to prepare for transformation.

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Tags: Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)