Consumer Electronics Show: Why It Matters for Industrial and Infrastructure Companies

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 07:33 AM

A January ritual for the high-tech industry is the Consumer Technology Association’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It’s where nearly every company in the consumer sector debuts its latest wares, from the latest TVs to wireless headphones and AR/VR hardware for gamers, to the latest smart home providers. They all trek to Sin City to show how their company is pushing the tech envelope. Many manufacturers pay little attention to CES since it is, after all, a consumer electronics event. If your company is stamping out metal parts for file cabinets, mixing up adhesives used to bond materials in the construction industry, or a state or local agency doing road maintenance, you might think CES isn’t relevant to you; you are wrong.

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Tags: Technology, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Cloudera and Hortonworks Complete Merger, Creating Big Data’s Biggest Deal [MondayMusings]

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 @ 07:32 AM

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

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Big Data, Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor

EHS Technology in 2019: 5 Trends Driving Change and 5 Predictions

Posted by Peter Bussey on Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 07:41 AM

2018 was a year of much change and progress in the world of environment, health and safety (EHS) management; especially the software and digital technologies that enable it. This made for an exciting year for EHS management research here at LNS. The primary focus was on expanding our market-leading EHS 4.0 research on the Digital Transformation of EHS management. We released our full agenda of research on topics such as Big Data and predictive analytics, the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on safety, integrated risk management, the connected industrial worker, and the convergence of safety, quality, and risk in plant operations, among others.

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Tags: Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Risk Management, Connected Worker

Plex Systems Analyst Day: Customer Success, Growth Challenges, and a New CEO

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Dec 06, 2018 @ 10:02 AM

Research analysts from LNS attended the Plex Systems Analyst Day in early November at the company’s headquarters in Troy, Michigan. In an unusual move, Plex hosted its Customer Advisory Board (CAB) concurrently, giving customers and analysts a chance to interact directly. This level of direct access is rare among software vendors and demonstrates a strong show of confidence by the Plex executive team. The Plex CAB includes representatives from companies in automotive, metal forming, food and beverage (F&B), aerospace and defense (A&D), and other discrete and batch manufacturing industries.

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Tags: Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Cloud, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

2018 Rockwell Automation Fair®: Innovation and Brand Rollouts

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Dec 04, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

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

AVEVA World Summit 2018: A “New” Company Focusing on Digital Transformation [MondayMusings]

Posted by Tom Comstock on Mon, Dec 03, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

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

LNS recently attended the AVEVA World Summit 2018 in La Quinta, California. Over 300 business executives from 33 countries participated in the event themed around “Your Digital Transformation: A Strategic Roadmap.” The event was a key opportunity for the company to position the “new” AVEVA given the recent merger with the Schneider Electric Software business. The company also had to highlight the Digital Transformation journeys of several of its customers.

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Tags: #MondayMusings, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Quality 4.0 in Pharmaceutical: Learn from the Innovators

Posted by Dan Jacob on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:03 AM

In mid-2017, LNS Research identified that an early but significant group of manufacturers had begun to recognize Quality 4.0 as one of their top Industrial Transformation initiatives. LNS coined the term Quality 4.0 and defined the space - why to adopt Quality 4.0, and how to build a successful strategy. Over time, the interest in Quality 4.0 has continued to accelerate, and many manufacturers are now either investigating Quality 4.0 or deploying early pilots .

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Quality 4.0, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

Exchange 2018: Emerson Continues Focus on Achieving Top Quartile Performance

Posted by Mehul Shah on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

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

Selecting Quality 4.0 Technology to Create Competitive Advantage

Posted by Dan Jacob on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 09:56 AM

In the 18 months since LNS coined Quality 4.0 and provided the definitive frameworks, manufacturers throughout the supply chain, across industries, and of varied company sizes have aggressively pursued Quality 4.0 technology and use cases. Today, 64% of manufacturers are pursuing Digital Transformation, and of these, 23% are pursuing quality improvement use cases. A low hanging fruit, Quality 4.0 is one of the top use cases of Digital Transformation initiatives.

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Tags: Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Cost of Quality (CoQ), Quality 4.0, Enterprise Quality Management System (EQMS)

There’s No Industrial Transformation Without Operational Architecture

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:12 AM

Our journey through the Analytics That Matter series has shown that the Operational Architecture is a critical factor in building an analytics environment that can deliver value at all levels (descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive). It’s also clear that where Operational Architecture is concerned, one size does not fit all. Operational Architecture is one piece of the operational and data model puzzle manufacturers need to ensure success. Many industrial organizations ask, “Why doesn’t one size fit all?” Let’s explore that statement and explain why right-sizing each element is key for success.

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Tags: Operational Architecture, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM)