6 Most Asked Questions from the Digital Twin for Process Industry Webcast

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, Apr 11, 2019

On Wednesday, April 10, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Digital Twin: Unlocking IX in Process Plant and Industry.” The presentation revealed the state of the market, clarified what Digital Twin really means beyond the marketing hype, and showed how companies can use it to drive Operational Excellence.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Field Service Management and Digital Twins: The Next Big APM Play

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Mar 28, 2019

Field service management (FSM) has generally been the focus of the customer relationship management (CRM) function in many organizations. While a fair percentage of FSM activities have been in the B2C space, there has also been considerable focus in the B2B space as well. FSM initially focused on dispatching technicians to service either broken equipment or to do regular preventive maintenance (PM) to keep clients happy. The functionality was to get technicians to the right locations, with enough spare parts to service equipment and cost-effectively minimize outages.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Industrial Transformation (IX) Drives Automation Vendors to Partner on OT Ecosystems Delivery

Posted by Joe Perino on Mon, Mar 25, 2019

The recent announcement by Dassault and ABB of a partnership highlights an Industrial Transformation and digitalization trend – to fill in the gaps of a comprehensive asset lifecycle and value chain solution, especially in the Digital Twin arena by the growing number of partnerships.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

ABB Customer World: ABB Ability, Key Partners, Digital Twin, and More

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Mar 20, 2019

Last week LNS attended the annual ABB Customer World held here in Houston. ACW was a successful and well delivered conference with over 10,000 customer attendees from all over the world. The LNS team was part of a larger contingent of media and analysts who were exposed to a technology tour and number of meetings that allowed us to gain a better understanding of ABB’s overall direction, new organization and strategic partnerships.

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Categories: Cloud, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Who Will Win the Digital Twin Services Race?

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, Jan 17, 2019

The Digital Twin market is evolving fast – yes, it affects strategies of independent software vendors and automation vendors. But, it also has significant implications for field service providers, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), and process licensors. It’s quite surprising to see how many different types of companies could be or are already involved with Digital Twin.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

20 Years Later, Digital Twins are the New ERP

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Jan 07, 2019

Twenty years ago, businesses were facing a crisis with their IT systems; Y2K. Leading up to 1999 there was a new technology paradigm emerging regarding business IT, the shift from disjointed and independent business and accounting applications to a singular integrated application; ERP or enterprise resource planning. Initially, ERP was mostly just all the accounting functions packaged together with manufacturing resource planning applications (MRP II), but ERP quickly expanded to include human resources (HR), supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), product data management (PDM) and a variety of other functionalities.

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Categories: IT/OT, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

2019 Process Manufacturing and Infrastructure Digital Twin Predictions

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, Dec 27, 2018

Every year LNS Research puts forth predictions around the key trends in Industrial Transformation. Dan Miklovic’s 2018 forecast focused on the evolution of asset performance management (APM) 4.0 with the shift in messaging to business-driven benefits, the growth of Digital Twins, autonomous device support, and the evolving vendor landscape. In our 2018 Report card, I noted that the Digital Twin is evolving to include the physical and process aspects of the twin. This evolution is happening primarily at two levels, in the design and engineering space, and in the operations space. However, there is still a lack of general industry understanding of what constitutes a Digital Twin.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

2018 APM Predictions Report Card

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Every year LNS Research puts forth predictions around the key trends in the Industrial Transformation topics where we focus our work.  In the case of asset performance management (APM), my 2018 forecast focused on the evolution of APM 4.0.  I predicted that in 2018, the most significant shift in APM would be the move away from the maintenance-centric approach that APM was born from 15-20 years ago.  That shift would include enterprise asset management (EAM), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) and a focus on reliability and downtime reduction. The result would be an emphasis on Digital Twins and showing that prescriptive analytics is more about asset optimization than just reliability and availability. The specific APM predictions were:

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM)

Exchange 2018: Emerson Continues Focus on Achieving Top Quartile Performance

Posted by Mehul Shah on Thu, Nov 01, 2018

LNS recently attended Emerson Global Users Exchange, the user conference by Emerson was held in Texas from October 1-5. One of the consistent messages from the Emerson team is their drive to help clients reach top quartile performance. This year was no different, the message was clear - process industries need to achieve excellence in reliability, safety, production, energy and emissions; and Emerson’ portfolio of software, hardware, and consulting services will help clients achieve that top quartile performance in process operations and capital project execution.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Asset Investment Planning Considerations for the Industrial Enterprise

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

Asset investment planning (AIP) is an approach and now a category of software applications to assess and prioritize capital investment options ― specifically investing in physical assets used to produce or deliver goods or services. Systems used for asset intensive CapEx planning is an outgrowth of financial planning tools that companies use to direct investment portfolios. The fundamental approach in the financial sector is to assign risk and reward probabilities to each investment option, then create an investment portfolio that can deliver the highest return given the investor's tolerance for risk. The industrial sector can apply this approach to capital investments of physical assets: determine the investment amount, calculate expected return, evaluate the risk that the asset will not achieve the return, and weigh that in context of other risks that the investment is meant to reduce or eliminate.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Asset Investment Planning