Dassault Systèmes Analyst Day: Vive La Renaissance!

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Jul 02, 2019

LNS Research was delighted to be invited again to Dassault Systèmes’ (3DS) annual get together for a small band of diverse industry analysts that cover a wide range of 3DS’ industries and technologies. Quite literally right out of the gate, 3DS surprised us on the bus to the event by announcing that Dassault Systèmes had acquired Medidata Solutions, Inc. for $5.8 billion.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Factory of the Future

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

Posted by Patrick Fetterman on Thu, Dec 06, 2018

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

Standards in the IIoT: ISA-95 and Beyond

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

 

In our recent work on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM), LNS Research has highlighted the inexorable journey MOM systems are taking as they become an integral part of IIoT-based systems and solutions. Much of this journey, when looked at from the outside, is somewhat haphazard to date as each vendor is doing its own thing. Hopefully, that will change as we move towards MOM 4.0, the seventh life of MOM.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

People and Data in MOM and PLM in the IIoT Age

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Tue, Mar 06, 2018

In my long career in manufacturing operations, I have had many discussions with product design teams for discrete manufacturing. These discussions have ranged from pure delight to taxing because while the product designers were smart and creative they were also somewhat self-centred. Sharing of data has been a natural extension of sharing ideas, goals, and success for those of us who have worked together in design and operations, and data sharing usually resulted  in new products.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Information Technology, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), IT/OT

All New Analytics That Matter Survey from LNS Research and MESA International

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Feb 16, 2018

LNS Research is thrilled to launch the first Analytics That Matter survey in partnership with MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) International. For the last six years we partnered with MESA on the Metrics That Matter survey, which has been one important foundational element of LNS Research’s primary data-driven research. As the use of plant-centric data has expanded dramatically since the last survey in early 2016, we decided to change the focus from overall metrics to the use of analytics in manufacturing operations and beyond.

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Categories: Metrics, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Big Data, Benchmarking, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), Mobile / Mobility, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Asset Reliability, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML), Asset Performance Management (APM)

8 Most Asked Questions from the Making MOM Choices in a Changing World Webcast

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Feb 15, 2018

On Wednesday, February 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Making Manufacturing Operations Management Choices in a Changing World.” The presentation examined the complex considerations involved in MOM system choices, why the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) will partially merge, and what to expect in terms of data organization and protocols.  The discussion also included an examination of how manufacturing information architectures will change as companies move to smart manufacturing.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Smart Connected Assets, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

IIoT and MOM – Looking Back and Forward

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Here at LNS Research we have been covering the Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) market for the last six years and have witnessed a considerable change in the manufacturing software industry. MOM has been a crucial part of the industrial software stack that is defined by the ISA-95 standard and depicted in the diagram below. MOM is the bridging point between operations and business systems, the place where Operational Technology (OT) and IT converge.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, IT/OT

Plex Systems: Can Cloud Manufacturing ERP Break Through? [MondayMusings]

Posted by Dan Jacob on Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Plex Systems is a cloud, software-as-a-service (SaaS), multitenant enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) vendor with a historical focus on discrete manufacturers that are small and mid-size businesses (SMB) headquartered in North America, largely across the automotive supply chain. The company does have a growing number of customers in food and beverage and high tech. LNS Research recently participated in Plex’s Future of Manufacturing Roundtable, a joint customer advisory board / analyst event. The conference featured a combined review of Plex System’s 2017 progress, customer engagement, and forward-looking plans.

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Categories: Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), #MondayMusings

When MES Paves the Way in Digital Transformation: Summing It All Up

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 16, 2017

LNS has had lots of interest in our research on jumpstarting Digital Transformation with MES. It has led to many conversations with manufacturers and, unsurprisingly, these conversations have differed hugely depending on the level of digital maturity and the industry in the company involved. What became clear during these discussions is that companies with little automation and less manufacturing operations integration were keenest to get going with a Digital Transformation initiative.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

Digital Twin in an IIoT World

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Nov 02, 2017

In our recent webinar and ebook on jumpstarting digital transformation with manufacturing operations management (MOM) systems, we introduced the idea of moving towards a Digital Twin in the digital journey. Although the term "Digital Twin" emerged some 15 years ago, it's only now that computing power and simulation technology is sufficient to allow us to deploy Digital Twin solutions.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation