Siemens Acquires PSE to Deepen Process Industry Portfolio

Posted by Joe Perino on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Siemens announced on September 16, 2019 that they have agreed to acquire Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) according to Eckard Eberle, CEO of Business Unit Process Automation. Siemens plans to purchase 100 percent of the share capital of PSE and to integrate its business into the Business Unit Process Automation, which is part of Siemens Digital Industries. Siemens has now followed through on their June 2018 long-term collaboration agreement to bring the power of PSE’s gPROMS APM technology to Siemens automation and digitalization offerings for the process industries. Under the original agreement, the companies promised to bring to market a new set of solutions for long-term equipment and health monitoring, soft-sensing, prediction of future process performance, real-time optimization, and operator training incorporating high-fidelity models. The agreement aimed to extend Siemens’ capabilities in the process industries and would result in the close linkage of Comos, Simatic PCS 7 and Simit with PSE’s gPROMS.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

GE Digital's Users Conference – Reemerging and Refocusing

Posted by Joe Perino on Fri, Nov 08, 2019

In mid-September 2019, GE Digital (GED) held its reconstituted User Conference in Austin, Texas. Unlike past Minds & Machines mega-events, this event was smaller and more focused, with approximately 300+ attendees, of which 100 were GED, and the balance being 150+ customers and 45 channel partners from a variety of industries and global locations. GE Digital’s new CEO, Patrick Byrne, keynoted with a renewed commitment to serving customers with deep domain knowledge, long-time asset and process operating experience, digital solutions and services, and the ability to support customers globally. This message seemed well-received as many customers had previously voiced concerns about GE’s viability and continuity in the market.

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Categories: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Steady Progress: Siemens Digital Industries Software [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Over the last decade, Siemens has gone through a massive transformation, not least in its software businesses. The current home for its comprehensive offerings is the Digital Industries Software (“Siemens”) division (a part of Digital Industries that includes discrete and process controls, automation, and drives). Siemens recently held its annual conference for media and analysts in New York where it brought us up to date on its impressive progress in software solutions. Announcements primarily related to how the company is bringing different parts of the portfolio together. We don’t perceive that as a lack of progress, but rather a demonstration of ever more sophisticated solutions around the Digital Twin.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, #MondayMusings, Digital Twin, Factory of the Future

IX is Really, Really Hard

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Thu, Aug 29, 2019

In a previous article, Three Reasons Why Digital Transformations is So Hard, I did a deep dive into what transformation means compared to just evolutionary change. Two of the three reasons explored in that post deal with the idea that businesses have rarely approached a level of change that qualifies as transformative. The focus needs to be on the business processes and not the digital technology underlying its processes. Industrial Transformation (IX) is the path businesses need to pursue, emphasizing the results, not the technology used to drive those results. But looking back historically this raises the question “is business transformation the same as IX?”

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Categories: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

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

AspenTech OPTIMIZE 2019: Aiming Higher to Enable the Smart Enterprise [MondayMusings]

Posted by Joe Perino on Mon, Jun 24, 2019

In May 2019 LNS Research attended AspenTech’s annual user conference, OPTIMIZE 2019 in Houston, Texas. This year's event drew a broad range of attendees ― in all 1,000 from 300 operating companies and ten leading universities, across 50 countries. The software vendor was also joined front and center by a major partner, Emerson, which showcased the integration of its Mimic™ Operator Training System (OTS) with AspenTech's HYSYS simulation software, and its expanding set of asset optimization services for typical customers. With some 150 breakout sessions, it was impossible to cover all tracks, so I spent the majority of the time focused on asset performance management.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Predictive Maintenance (PM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), Asset Reliability, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), #MondayMusings, Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

IBM IoT Exchange 2019: IBM Jumps on the APM 4.0 Bandwagon

Posted by Joe Perino on Tue, Jun 11, 2019

In April 2019 LNS attended the first annual IBM IoT Exchange event held in Orlando, FL. The company focused its three-day conference on how to achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness, and reduce costs through the application of IoT data and artificial intelligence (AI).  The conference marked the first time that users of IBM’s engineering lifecycle management (DOORS family), enterprise asset management (Maximo portfolio), facilities lifecycle management (TRIRIGA), and the Watson IoT Platform solutions all met together under the Watson IoT umbrella.

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Categories: Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

Diverse Players in the Process Digital Twin Market

Posted by Joe Perino on Thu, May 02, 2019

Understanding the vendor landscape is essential for both industrial organizations as well as solution providers that seek to understand competitors, and the process Digital Twin market is no exception. There is a broad spectrum of Digital Twin vendors across the industry, but basically, they fall into a handful of supplier categories:

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

KBC Introduces Petro-SIM 7 and Process Digital Twin

Posted by Joe Perino on Fri, Apr 26, 2019

KBC, a Yokogawa company, recently released the latest version of its flagship process modeling software, Petro-SIM 7, featuring tight integration with OSIsoft’s PI historian and Asset Framework (AF). With the launch of Petro-SIM 7, KBC introduced a solution for upstream in wellhead to production facilities, refining, and petrochemicals; and in so doing claimed the Digital Twin status.

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Categories: Asset Performance Management (APM), Digital Twin

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