Virtual 2020 PowerPlex

Posted by Tom Comstock on Tue, Jun 16, 2020

LNS recently participated in Plex Systems’ annual customer event, PowerPlex 2020, which was held virtually for the first time.  Three themes emerged from the event. 

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, COVID-19, saas

The #1 Reason Your Industrial Transformation Will Fail

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Fri, Jun 12, 2020

In our Industrial Transformation (IX) Readiness work, there are many surprising results from the research. Two of the most surprising are:

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Categories: Operational Excellence, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

iBASEt: A Virtual Update Instead of Excelerate 2020 (For Now)

Posted by Tom Comstock on Wed, Jun 03, 2020

It should be “event season” except, as my daughter says, “everything is cancelled.”  Vendors have three choices in this era of Social Distancing: cancel their event, postpone their event, or go virtual. iBASEt has gone the “postpone” route with a goal of having their customer conference Excelerate 2020 in the fall.  In the meantime, they briefed LNS Research on their progress.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud

Don’t Let Your IIoT Program Succumb to Cultural Conflicts

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Dec 02, 2019

IIoT has become a primary talking point about not only Industry 4.0 (I4.0), but all of the other digitalization topics around I4.0 such as analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality/virtual reality and digital twins. The ability to get information from the factory floor and move it anywhere and to anyone cheaply and in real time has driven IIoT into virtually every manufacturer and asset intensive industry client and vendor community discussion lately. With so much focus, both from management and leadership and technical and engineering staff, why then, have so few industrial internet of things (IIoT) projects moved out of pilot purgatory and into full scale production. Some will argue the business case isn’t there yet, others will argue that the technology is not ready or scalable yet while others say something else is lacking like leadership support or adequate deployment and support skills. There is possibly an even more fundamental cause projects are stalling; cultural wars inside the organization are inhibiting progress.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

The Pace of Technology Change is Turning Standardization in the Industrial Automation World Upside Down

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Technology has almost always proven most beneficial when it operates within an ecosystem. The adage “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” is especially true in the world of technology. Smartphones have changed the world because they operate within multiple technological ecosystems. If they did not allow phone calls to landlines or to subscribers of other providers, they would be of limited use. Without GPS much of the smartphones value would gone. Bluetooth makes lining the smartphone to other devices easy and provides not only wireless headsets but connectivity to vehicles and other devices. What makes all of this connectivity work? Standards. The same holds true in the industrial automation sector.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0 / Smart Manufacturing

Steady Progress: Siemens Digital Industries Software [MondayMusings]

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Over the last decade, Siemens has gone through a massive transformation, not least in its software businesses. The current home for its comprehensive offerings is the Digital Industries Software (“Siemens”) division (a part of Digital Industries that includes discrete and process controls, automation, and drives). Siemens recently held its annual conference for media and analysts in New York where it brought us up to date on its impressive progress in software solutions. Announcements primarily related to how the company is bringing different parts of the portfolio together. We don’t perceive that as a lack of progress, but rather a demonstration of ever more sophisticated solutions around the Digital Twin.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, #MondayMusings, Digital Twin, Factory of the Future

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

MOM Man on Hannover Messe 2019: Solutions Now the Game

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Thu, Apr 25, 2019

The LNS Research globetrotting team found itself in Hannover last week, excited to see what’s new in the world of Industrial Transformation (IX). The event was as full (or perhaps even busier) than the last two years, it was noticeable that the space for software companies was substantially larger, and the big guys had toned down the one-upmanship: gone were the enormous jet engines, tractors, and other boys’ toys. In their place were small booths demonstrating the latest solutions and lots of open space with tables and chairs for better interaction with show-goers and potential customers.

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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Cloud, Solution Vendor / Software Vendor, Industrial Transformation / Digital Transformation

How to Choose Your Manufacturing Operations Management Partner?

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solutions provide two traditional functions in the manufacturing plant:

  • Support and enforce manufacturing processes and procedures, and
  • Bridge industrial automation systems that provide plant floor control to enterprise and business operations systems.
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Categories: Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM), Factory of the Future

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)