Fresh Focus and Shifting Gears: Siemens Automation Summit 2019

Posted by Joe Perino on Tue, Aug 27, 2019

In June, LNS Research attended Siemens' annual Americas user conference ― Automation Summit ― in Aurora, Colorado. This year the automation and digitalization vendor drew more than 700 attendees, including 400 customers and 100+ channel partners. Customers that attended represent diverse industry sectors such as hybrid manufacturing, specialty chemicals, packaging, glass, metals, and many others. The event boasted about 70 sessions, ranging from breakouts to keynotes, Tech Café demos, and an enormous amount of hardware on display ― we focused our time on:

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Categories: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Upping the Ante: Honeywell Users Group 2019

Posted by Joe Perino on Mon, Aug 12, 2019

We recently attended the annual Honeywell Users Group – Americas (HUG Americas or HUG) conference in Dallas, Texas. This year’s event drew more than 1,400 attendees, including 675 customers and 200+ channel partners. With some 150+ sessions, ranging from end-user break out presentations, technology solution presentations, workshop and/or training sessions, and roundtable discussions across multiple tracks, the four-day conference was chock-full of content. We had only one day to attend, so we focused on:

  • Honeywell Connected Enterprise (HCE) versus Honeywell Connected Plant (HCP)
  • Honeywell Forge
  • Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE)
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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Rockwell Automation TechEd and PTC LiveWorx 2019: Momentum Accelerating [MondayMusings]

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Mon, Jul 29, 2019

I had the pleasure of attending Rockwell Automation TechEd and PTC LiveWorx in back to back weeks last month. Both events generate a tremendous draw in the industry and set attendance records, however, it may be the last year that happens. There are rumors that 2020 will see a new co-located event; times are a-changing! Although there were differences in the themes, attendees, and presentation style, there was also much in common ― especially about a shared vision of Industrial Transformation and joint customer momentum.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, #MondayMusings, Connected Worker

“Futureproof” Broadcast Sparked Thought-Provoking Questions

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Jul 24, 2019

On Tuesday, July 23, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Use IX to Futureproof EHS Systems and Technology.” The presentation explained why the Industrial Transformation (IX) trend forces environment, health, and safety (EHS) business leaders to make major decisions on how they will leverage digital technologies to manage risk and exploit opportunities. The discussion included an examination of which steps companies must take now to deliver value into the future, about the risks that are unavoidable with transformation, and how to manage them to resist obsolescence.

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Categories: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Connected Worker

Why Futureproof EHS? IX Demands It.

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Jul 17, 2019

Digital Transformation of industrial operations is in full swing. Our most recent survey data shows that 45% of industrial enterprises globally are executing an Industrial Transformation (IX) program, up significantly over the past three years. Don’t be fooled into thinking there’s a “magic formula” for IX; the “right” path for every company is the one that will reshape how the organization does business, the offerings it can deliver, how it goes about competing in the marketplace, or some combination of these. To that end, companies are incorporating many flavors of digital tech in their IX programs. Two-thirds have implemented or plan to implement Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies. Other common ones are cloud-based application platforms, mobile apps, Big Data analytics, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR), process simulation, digital twins, and 3D printing, among many others.

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Categories: Risk Management, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Even When the Tech Decision is Easy, Making the Decision Can Be Hard

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Technology spending is a given. Especially today, when Digital Transformation is a fact-of-life in nearly every industry. Executives know they need to invest in technology to remain competitive. Industry leaders have tied their Industrial Transformation (IX) strategy to making the right technology investments. It is more than consultant-speak or media hype to say that companies that don’t invest in technology won’t be able to attract or retain top talent, and that technology drives global competitiveness.

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Categories: Culture

Focus on Outcomes: Hexagon Breaks Ranks with Global Conference

Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Jul 11, 2019

We recently attended HxGN Live 2019, Hexagon’s annual digital solutions conference, in Las Vegas Nevada. Three thousand attendees were there to dive into nine different keynotes and over 500 sessions, many with hands-on training. The firm is a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with 2018 revenue reaching €3,760.7 million (approximately $4.234 billion USD). Its business includes industrial enterprise solutions with €1.941 million in revenue serving the electronics, manufacturing, energy and power, automotive, and aerospace and defense segments. They are known in the manufacturing world for 3D design and simulation technologies (predominantly for process assets), positioning and location identification mapping capabilities, metrology equipment, and an array of other sensors. The event included a bevy of new product launches across every major division of Hexagon.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)

ProcessMAP Konnect 2019: Digital Innovation and Data Intelligence

Posted by Peter Bussey on Wed, Jul 10, 2019

ProcessMap held its customer conference in late May in Hollywood, FL.  The event — ProcessMAP Konnect 2019 — reminded us of the famous Forest Gump line, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”  This was the first time LNS Research participated in the environment, health, and safety (EHS) software vendor’s annual conference, so we had no preconceptions. ProcessMAP’s ecosystem of customers, partners, and experts gathered to discuss and collaborate on strategy, progress, best practices, solutions, and plans.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

Dassault Systèmes Analyst Day: Vive La Renaissance!

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

LNS Research was delighted to be invited again to Dassault Systèmes’ (3DS) annual get together for a small band of diverse industry analysts that cover a wide range of 3DS’ industries and technologies. Quite literally right out of the gate, 3DS surprised us on the bus to the event by announcing that Dassault Systèmes had acquired Medidata Solutions, Inc. for $5.8 billion.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Factory of the Future

Good News for Industrials with IT/OT Convergence Plans: HPE All-In on SaaS

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Jul 01, 2019

LNS Research recently attended HPE Discover 2019 event in Las Vegas, hosted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The company had $30.88 billion in revenue in 2018, and is focused on Edge, hybrid cloud, and intelligent data. The conference was a well-executed event with well over 9,000 attendees and 8% growth over last year. The highlights were demonstrations and presentations on cool use cases in exciting topic areas:

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Smart Connected Assets, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), IT/OT