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Jul
18
2018
Paula Hollywood — Industry Trends

Change Management 101

Price increases are a fact of life. As much as consumers and industrial buyers may resist, most are understanding provided the change is properly communicated. To avoid alienating customers, sound change management practices can avoid alienating customers. Change Management 101 states that change be communicated in a timely manner to internal and external stakeholders, including customers. This blogger recently received a quarterly statement from a service provider (who shall remain nameless) that announced a price increase effective immediately.
Jul
12
2018
Paula Hollywood — Industry Trends

Lifeline Reliability Puts Lives at Risk

To escape the heat wave that gripped the ARC HQ region last week, one had to go offshore to the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  The ferry is the most economical and convenient way to get there.

Jul
11
2018
Chantal Polsonetti — Industry Trends

Yo-Yo Ma, the Edge Effect, and the IIoT Edge

The IIoT edge environment, where enterprise-level IT processes interact with the production-driven OT landscape, currently represents one of the largest areas of opportunity within the overall activity surrounding digital transformation.  The sheer number of edge initiatives pursued by IT and OT

Jul
03
2018
Craig Resnick — Industry Trends

Rockwell Automation, PTC Deal Driven by Digital Transformation

Rockwell Automation and PTC announced on June 11,2018 that they have entered into a definitive agreement for a strategic partnership that is expected to accelerate growth for both companies by providing an integrated information solution to customers seeking to transform their physical operations with digital technologies. As part of the partnership, Rockwell Automation will make a $1 billion equity investment in PTC, and Rockwell Automation’s Chairman and CEO, Blake Moret, will join PTC’s board of directors effective with the closing of the equity transaction.
Jul
17
2018
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Is CPAS Still Relevant in the Emerging Open Process Automation Era?

Is ARC’s Collaborative Process Automation Systems (CPAS) still relevant today in light of the current, end user-driven Open Process Automation initiative and other trends such as IIoT, Industrie 4.0, NAMUR Open Automation (NOA), digital transformation, IT-OT convergence, cloud and edge computing, etc.?
Jul
12
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Notes from the Entelec 2018 Spring Conference

I spent some time at the Entelec 2018 Spring Conference in Houston this past May. It’s one of the few industry conferences focusing on communications and control technologies used by petroleum, natural gas, pipeline and electric utility companies. And that’s why I attend.
Jul
10
2018
Paul Miller — Industry Trends

Manufacturing Innovation: They Don’t Make Paper Like They Used To!

During a recent vacation to Italy, my wife and I had the opportunity to tour the Museo della Carta (Paper Museum) in the town of Amalfi. One source I came across referred to this museum as “a jewel of industrial archaeology,” and I fully agree. Built in the 14th century this is oldest remaining paper factory in Europe. It continued manufacturing paper until the middle of the 20th century. The museum still produces small quantities of the highly desirable “bambagina” paper for sale in its small gift shop, along with beautiful artisanal note cards and other items made from bambagina. According to one Amalfi Coast tourist site, to this day, artists around the world appreciate this very soft, thick, and elegant rag paper. It certainly is a far cry from the paper we regularly feed into our copy machines and printers! At the Amalfi paper factory-cum-museum, a stream runs right under this cavern-like building, which powered all the machines and provided the prerequisite clean “process” water. While crude by today’s standards, many of these machines were quite ingenious in design and demonstrated that manufacturing innovation has a long history.
Jul
06
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

ARC & SANS Webcast: Cybersecurity & Process Safety Convergence

In advance of the SANS Oil and Gas Cybersecurity Summit in Houston Oct. 1-6, I will be participating in a webcast with Doug Wylie of SANS and Marty Edwards of the Automation Federation to discuss the emergence of new process safety system malware and its impact on the process industries, including both upstream and downstream oil and gas. 
Jul
12
2018
Sid Snitkin — ARC Report Abstract

IT-OT Cybersecurity Convergence

The convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is a hot topic today. Successful IT-OT convergence requires close cooperation between the previously separate IT and OT groups within an organization.
Jul
06
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

ARC & SANS Webcast: Cybersecurity & Process Safety Convergence

In advance of the SANS Oil and Gas Cybersecurity Summit in Houston Oct. 1-6, I will be participating in a webcast with Doug Wylie of SANS and Marty Edwards of the Automation Federation to discuss the emergence of new process safety system malware and its impact on the process industries, including both upstream and downstream oil and gas. 
Jun
21
2018
Bob Gill — Industry Trends

Legal Issues in Smart Manufacturing – Part 2

In Part 2 of this article on the legal landscape related to smart manufacturing, we take a look at legal issues surrounding data ownership, data privacy, as well as the implications of artificial intelligence, which is rapidly making inroads to the manufacturing arena. 

Jul
18
2018
David Humphrey — Acquisition or Partnership

HMS Networks AB Acquires Beck IPC GmbH

HMS Industrial Networks AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Networks AB, has acquired all shares in the German company Beck IPC GmbH – a leading provider in the embedded communications market with solutions for embedded control, M2M communication and the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT.

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