5 Most Asked Questions from the Industrial Transformation Webcast

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Mar 18, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, LNS Research hosted the webcast “Digital Readiness for Industrial Transformation: Success Lessons from Real-World Leaders.” The presentation covered the scope, scale, strategy, budget, and organization of Industrial Transformation (IX) programs globally. The session also investigated the technology choices made in the IX programs, and how these new technology choices balance against Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT).

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

The March Forward: IX and IIoT

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Mar 11, 2019

We recently conducted a global survey on Industrial Transformation (IX) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  These are topics that we have been studying for quite a while.  In fact, LNS Research was the first to coin the term “IIoT” in the 2014 report, “What is an IIoT Platform?”  This new report examines the year-over-year trends in industrial corporations’ plans, projects and outcomes around IX generally and IIoT specifically.  The research and trendlines demonstrate the continually growing interest in and maturity of the IIoT and IX markets.

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

2019 SAS Analyst Event: Proven and Reliable Leader in a Heavily Hyped and Accelerating Analytics Market [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Mar 04, 2019

The #MondayMusings Industrial Transformation blog series provides insight and analysis for executives from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.

Recently, SAS invited LNS Research to its annual North American analyst event in Naples, Florida. SAS is a leading analytics, BI and data management software provider with several of LNS’ manufacturing clients using the analytics solutions to generate deeper insights into quality. The event was a great opportunity to dig deeper into SAS’ Internet of Things (IoT) and quality solutions, understand the breadth of SAS outside the industrial space, and engage with their executive team.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), #MondayMusings, Quality 4.0

Picking the Right Operational Technology Initiative to Drive an Operational Architecture Effort

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Feb 12, 2019

LNS’ Industrial Transformation Framework, has at its center, the Operational Architecture (OA) process where organizations align people, process, and technology at the convergence of IT and Operational Technology (OT). Ideally, OA efforts occur after a company defines its strategy and determines how technology should drive Industrial transformation.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Operational Architecture

Industrial Transformation: What Are SMBs to Do?

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Feb 11, 2019

LNS Research spends a great deal of our time exploring and writing about Industrial Transformation (IX), including best practices around people, processes, and technology. However, many small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) are not ready for the scope and impact of IX projects – they’re already behind in technology adoption, and don’t have the personnel or budget required to take on a full-blown IX project. These companies however must still compete against larger, resource-rich organizations that are moving ahead with the latest technologies and are seeing step-change improvements in their operations thanks to the new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. So, how can SMBs compete?

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Continuous Improvement, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Converting Data to Decisions: Why IIoT Technology Alone Isn’t Enough

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on Thu, Jan 31, 2019

The manufacturing industry has had a reputation for being late on technology adoption ever since the steam engines brought the first industrial revolution forward. Even today, while the consumer market has seen the likes of Uber, NeXT, and Spotify leverage latest technologies like Big Data, machine learning, and sentiment analysis to provide products with cutting-edge technology, the manufacturing industry is several steps behind. Even among the manufacturers who are ahead in the technology adoption curve, a good percentage of them have had trouble scaling pilot projects into financially successful projects across the organization.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

IIoT in Process Manufacturing: More Than Just Being Better or Faster

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Wed, Jan 23, 2019

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology has become one of the supposed underlying drivers of Digital Transformation in manufacturing, along with predictive analytics and enhanced data presentation tools like augmented reality (AR)/ virtual reality (VR). Most of the focus has been on how the vastly increased amount of information and data about manufacturing processes in IIoT equipped plants will drive analytics and AR/VR visualization tools to accelerate decision making at what is generally considered “level 3, 4 or 5” systems.

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Categories: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

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

Data Collection in an IIoT-Based MOM World

Posted by Vivek Murugesan on Fri, Dec 14, 2018

Until recently, manufacturing operations management (MOM) software and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms were two distinct solutions serving different purposes and providing separate capabilities. That’s no longer the case. MOM software vendors today embed several IIoT capabilities that enable the applications to run at any level in the operational structure. This new degree of connectivity, together with smart connected devices and inexpensive sensors have enabled manufacturers to replace older, monolithic MOM solutions with IIoT-based MOM applications in the plant.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

2018 Rockwell Automation Fair®: Innovation and Brand Rollouts

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Dec 04, 2018

LNS Research attended the Rockwell Automation Fair in Philadelphia, PA on November 14 and 15, 2018. Rockwell Automation® (NYSE: ROK) is an industrial automation and information company with $6.7 Billion in sales and 23,000 employees. This was the 27th annual Rockwell Automation Fair hosted to demonstrate their products and those of their ecosystem partners. Rockwell Automation noted there were over 8,000 customers at the event making it the largest Rockwell Automation Fair ever held outside of Chicago. They also hosted “Automation Perspectives” for the media and analysts on November 13.

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Categories: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation