Why Your Factory of the Future Initiative Will Likely Fail in 2020

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Thu, Jan 16, 2020

A recent LNS Research article highlighted the need for Industrial Transformation (IX) exemplars, identified three major reasons why IX programs stall, and four major areas that companies need to focus on for ensuring a robust and scalable IX program.

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, IT/OT

IX Exemplars Needed

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Industrial Transformation, or IX, is new. There is no play book. There is no proven methodology. There is no exemplar. The improvement programs of the last generation are clear – Toyota and Lean, GE and Six Sigma, Dupont and Operational Excellence, among many others. But why were these companies successful in these endeavors – and why did they share them with the world?

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

Don’t Let Recent Robot Failures Sour You on Automation

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Nov 22, 2019

In the last several weeks there have been two big stories about major manufacturers abandoning robots, reverting to manual labor instead. Boeing struggled with fuselage assembly robots that were supposed to drill and rivet 777 aircraft fuselage sections and will revert to using human machinists instead. Adidas announced it was closing its “Speedfactory” plants in Germany and is moving production back to Asia where it has relied on humans to assemble footwear. Adidas has said that it does plan to introduce some of the Speedfactory technology into its Asian plants in the future. With two large multinational manufacturers seemingly reducing automation, in both low volume (Boeing) and high volume (Adidas) environments it may lead other manufacturers to question whether automation investments are wise at this time. The best way to answer that question is to understand the limits of technology, the organizational readiness to accept technology and assessing how technology will support the business strategy.

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

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

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

Open Process Automation Forum 2018 - A Year to Make or Break

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Fri, Mar 09, 2018

LNS joined the Open Process Automation (OPA) Forum in early 2017. A year after, here is our assessment on how far the forum has come and what the remainder of 2018 means. The OPA forum made some considerable progress in 2017, but 2018 will be the real indicator of OPA’s success or failure. The most prominent challenge facing OPA is breaking the mindset that the future must evolve from the past in small steps. OPA needs a mutation to change the way the industry needs. There will be winners and losers in any technology evolution, and the next generation of process control automation systems will be no exception.

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Categories: Industrial Automation, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Operational Architecture, Asset Performance Management (APM)

Alexa, What’s in Store for EHS Management in 2018?

Posted by Peter Bussey on Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Last year was big for the environment, health, and safety (EHS) business function, regarding the technology available to manage it, and industry developments that impacted EHS. For the most part, the trends we projected in our 2017 trend and impacts to watch blog were realized, or at least advanced substantially.

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Big Data, Industrial Automation, Culture, ISO Standards, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

IFS Acquires IoT Solution Provider & Trouble in Mining [Roundup]

Posted by | Research Team | on Sun, Mar 06, 2016

Robots: What About Our Jobs?

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania recently published an article, “The Robots are Coming…to Take Your Job,” where the capabilities of robots and job security were brought into question. Since robotics, automation, and smart connected operations have become more profound in manufacturing plants, jobs have decreased according to the article. Commenting on the up rise of robots and smart connected assets used on the plant floor is LNS Research Principal Analyst, Dan Miklovic.

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Categories: Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Automation, Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Transforming Manufacturing with Big Data & IIoT! [Roundup]

Posted by | Research Team | on Sun, Feb 28, 2016

Sight Machine Leads Automotive Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation is in the air, and that’s why Martinrea Manchester Division, an automotive supplier, has chosen Sight Machine, a leader in manufacturing analytics platforms, to revolutionize the way it uses big data and drive its manufacturing Digital Transformation.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Why Now Is the Time to Invest in Smart Connected Assets

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, May 26, 2015

Recent LNS Research cross-industry survey data tells us that almost 50% of respondents have no plans regarding implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Categories: Industrial Automation