New! Survey Snippets: How Analytics Leaders Manage Metrics

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Introducing Survey Snippets

LNS Research has started a blog series called Survey Snippets that will include call-outs from our recent survey data and compelling insights for manufacturing executives. The first blog post of this series is about analytics’ role in a company’s Industrial Transformation (IX) program, and how leaders in this field are leveraging metrics to distinguish themselves from the rest.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Survey Snippets, Industrial Analytics

Demystifying AI & ML in Industrial Analytics

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Revisiting the Black Box

One of the questions that LNS Research often gets is how to explain Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) not only to plant personnel, but also to operating management, in such a way so that they can understand them sufficiently to place a reasonable degree of trust in them. In other words, enough to allow their adoption for predictive maintenance and other data science-based applications.

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Factory of the Future

Virtual 2020 PowerPlex

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Jun 16, 2020

LNS recently participated in Plex Systems’ annual customer event, PowerPlex 2020, which was held virtually for the first time.  Three themes emerged from the event. 

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, COVID-19, saas

The #1 Reason Your Industrial Transformation Will Fail

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jun 12, 2020

In our Industrial Transformation (IX) Readiness work, there are many surprising results from the research. Two of the most surprising are:

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

The New Prize - The OT Ecosystem

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Jun 10, 2020

In previous blogs and articles, I have written about the new “OT Ecosystem.” Over the past few months I had a chance to observe what’s happening in the market with a number of automation and software vendors, so I thought this would be a good time to revisit the OT Ecosystem, delve deeper into what it is and what it means, and why it is important.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Cloud, IT/OT, Connected Worker

iBASEt: A Virtual Update Instead of Excelerate 2020 (For Now)

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Jun 03, 2020

It should be “event season” except, as my daughter says, “everything is cancelled.”  Vendors have three choices in this era of Social Distancing: cancel their event, postpone their event, or go virtual. iBASEt has gone the “postpone” route with a goal of having their customer conference Excelerate 2020 in the fall.  In the meantime, they briefed LNS Research on their progress.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud

Changing Dynamics of the IIoT Market

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, May 20, 2020

As I previously mentioned in a recent blog on IX Reference Architecture, LNS Research has been at the forefront of research on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the technologies’ impact on Industrial Transformation (IX).  In that blog, I also indicated LNS Research was the first to define an IIoT Platform. With market changes and technology advances, we have become convinced manufacturers should be looking beyond IIoT Platforms to a comprehensive view of IX Reference Architectures. A recent LNS Research Spotlight details our thinking

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Asset Performance Management (APM), Connected Worker

Manufacturers Just Lost 1.3 Million Jobs...Now What?

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, May 15, 2020

Last week’s job report showed what many of us already knew intuitively. The real economy is bad and will likely get worse before it gets better.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT, Factory of the Future, COVID-19

GE Digital on the Move

Posted by Joe Perino on Mon, May 11, 2020

It’s been 10 months since GE Digital appointed new CEO Patrick Byrne. In our last blog, after their September 2019 User Group meeting, we said, “GE Digital has re-emerged with renewed focus led by fresh, engineering-grounded, no-nonsense leadership in Pat Byrne. We look forward to seeing if this new positive momentum is sustainable.” So what’s happened since then? Let’s take a look under the hood and see what Pat and his team have been doing. 

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Categories: Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM), Edge, GE Digital


Posted by Tom Comstock on Thu, Apr 16, 2020

LNS Research recently hosted an Executive Roundtable online with manufacturers about their responses to the global pandemic.  Manufacturers are working closely with their local and national public health institutions, unions and Worker Safety organizations (such as OSHA in the US) to develop plans on how to react to the crisis unfolding in front of them.  It should come as no surprise that most manufacturers were quite short-term focused.  Few manufacturers reported on developing medium- or long-term plans yet. 

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Categories: Supply Chain Management (SCM), COVID-19