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

OSIsoft and Element Launch “Asset Framework Accelerator”

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

In December 2018, OSIsoft and Element jointly announced the release of Element’s Asset Framework Accelerator for users of the OSIsoft PI System. The new offering, which was developed by Element with support from OSIsoft, is a combination of software and services that are designed to accelerate the creation of Asset Framework (AF) data models at speeds more than ten times faster than what was previously possible .

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Big Data, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 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

Build The Factory of the Future with Industrial Transformation

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Dec 17, 2018

Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing are hot topics for companies gearing-up Industrial Transformation. The goals of these ambitious programs while admirable have a long-term view. Here at LNS as we define our upcoming research agenda and delve into Industrial Transformation, it has become clear that many of our clients are opting for shorter term view than the typical large-scale and expensive Industrial Transformation programs.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Digital Twin, Factory of the Future

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

6 Most Asked Questions from Digital Twin: Discrete Manufacturers Making the Connection from Innovation to Performance Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 17, 2018

On Tuesday, October 16, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Digital Twin: Discrete Manufacturers Making the Connection from Innovation to Performance.” The presentation explained the state of play of Digital Twin in discrete industries, where it’s going in the coming years, and how this exciting mix of real with virtual for products and assets will deliver endless possibilities to improve performance and competitive advantage in discrete manufacturing .

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Digital Twin

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

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

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