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Nov
14
2018
Ralph Rio — Industry Trends

Servitization for Industrial Products

A key driver for servitization is the increasing complexity of products. It has become impractical for a general-purpose maintenance team at the end customer’s site to support and maintain modern equipment containing mechatronics, electronics, software and IP.  As a result, users look to the supplier for support.  Services have become an inseparable component of the product.  End-users who are involved in the supplier section of complex assets should include servitization in the selection criteria.
Nov
13
2018
Ed O'Brien — Industry Trends

Leveraging Analytics to Boost EAM Performance

These are both challenging and exciting times for business users -- and specifically for EAM users seeking actionable information in a sea of disparate data. With a wide variety of data sources in use in organization today, finding the right information, at the right time, is more important than ever.
Nov
09
2018
Inderpreet Shoker — Industry Trends

Remote Monitoring for Improved Asset Management

In asset intensive industries, such as oil and gas, routine maintenance and inspections are crucial for proper asset management. Regular maintenance and inspection works also help to ensure workplace safety. Various new technologies are playing a major role to help improve and simplify these routine tasks and thus, in turn improve the integrity and reliability of assets and infrastructure. Remote monitoring is one of the latest technologies used in the oil and gas and other process industries for better asset management.
Nov
08
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Artificial Lift Optimization via Industrial IoT Empowers Digital Oilfields

For decades, operating companies have used artificial lift optimization (ALO) systems to enhance oil and gas production. But in today’s “lower for longer” oil price market, with owner-operators, independent E&P companies, and other industry stakeholders trying to squeeze out more profits per barrel of oil equivalent, solutions designed to optimize artificial lift systems are in greater demand than ever. New age automation technologies, the trend toward digitalization, and the emerging Industrial IoT (IIoT), help further increase the value proposition for today’s artificial lift optimization solutions.
Nov
13
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Standardized Subsea Controls Poised To enhance Deep-sea Oil & Gas Production

The development of subsea controls has been based on a step by step development over the years adding more and more functionalities to the various systems. Today, tremendous technology developments are ongoing, driven by the goal of locating processing systems on the seabed. The increase in complexity is extensive compared to the early beginning with North East Frigg some 30 years ago towards the subsea compression facilities that are currently being realized. There has been a development in technological areas such as; design, materials, flow assurance, control and instrumentation, installation and operation. The driver has been to develop simpler and more cost-efficient ways to produce, process and transport oil and gas offshore.
Nov
08
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Artificial Lift Optimization via Industrial IoT Empowers Digital Oilfields

For decades, operating companies have used artificial lift optimization (ALO) systems to enhance oil and gas production. But in today’s “lower for longer” oil price market, with owner-operators, independent E&P companies, and other industry stakeholders trying to squeeze out more profits per barrel of oil equivalent, solutions designed to optimize artificial lift systems are in greater demand than ever. New age automation technologies, the trend toward digitalization, and the emerging Industrial IoT (IIoT), help further increase the value proposition for today’s artificial lift optimization solutions.
Nov
06
2018
Dick Hill — Technology Trends

Distributed Control System Migration in the Era of Digital Transformation

Historically, upgrading distributed control systems (DCS) has involved moving from an earlier generation of system to the current state of the art. While this sounds straightforward, the process of migration has gotten more complex as more options become available. Distributed control system migration could be the biggest single issue many automation end users face today.
Nov
01
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Moving from Process Safety I to Process Safety II

At Schneider Electric’s recent 2018 Triconex User’s Group Conference in Galveston, TX, Steve Cutchen, Investigator with the US Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, presented on moving toward a more holistic process safety mindset that focuses on creating resilience by looking at what can be done to improve safety, rather than what has been done in the past. For readers who may not be familiar with the CSB, while it is tasked with investigating incidents, it can only make specific recommendations to improve safety based on those investigations, rather than develop regulations or issue fines.
Oct
30
2018
Janice Abel — Industry Trends

Next Gen Manufacturing Execution Systems: What Applications Provide the MOST Value?

Manufacturing execution systems (MES) continues to grow because users continue to see value from its implementation. While MES solutions provide a wide range of applications, most users see a lot of benefits from process quality and traceability. Some of the functionality is being supplemented by next gen MES. For most manufacturers, MES technology includes applications that provide the nexus technology and value for the digital transformation.
Nov
09
2018
Sid Snitkin — Acquisition or Partnership

ForeScout’s Acquisition of SecurityMatters Bolsters Position in Agentless Device Visibility

ForeScout Technologies, Inc., a leading Internet of Things (IoT) security company, announced it has acquired SecurityMatters, a global leader in operational technology (OT) network protection, for approximately $113 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The acquisition will bolster ForeScout’s global leadership position in agentless device visibility.
Nov
01
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Moving from Process Safety I to Process Safety II

At Schneider Electric’s recent 2018 Triconex User’s Group Conference in Galveston, TX, Steve Cutchen, Investigator with the US Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, presented on moving toward a more holistic process safety mindset that focuses on creating resilience by looking at what can be done to improve safety, rather than what has been done in the past. For readers who may not be familiar with the CSB, while it is tasked with investigating incidents, it can only make specific recommendations to improve safety based on those investigations, rather than develop regulations or issue fines.
Oct
25
2018
Fabian Wanke — Company and Product News

Innovation Day Kontron

KONTRON, a member of the S&T Group and a leading supplier of embedded systems, invited to its innovation day on October 18th, under the motto: "SUCCESSFULL THROUGH DIGITIZATION". 

Nov
05
2018
Smart Cities Team — Industry Trends

A Call for Smart City Speakers & Panelists

Responding to this Call for Smart City Speakers, is a great opportunity to share insights and best practices of your Smart City success stories. For 20+ years, ARC Advisory Group has hosted the ARC Industry and City Forum of over 1000 senior executives presenting on the topics of digital transformation, AI/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, and Smart Cities and related Intelligent Infrastructure. 
Nov
02
2018
Smart Cities Team — Industry Trends

The Seven Impactful Technologies of a Smart City

A detailed overview of the seven technologies driving Smart Cities efforts worldwide. These include instrumentation and control systems, connectivity, interoperability, security and privacy, data management, computing resources, informational analytics and more...
Nov
01
2018
Jim Frazer — Industry Trends

The Nine Critical Applications of a Smart City

A Detailed Overview of Smart City Application Areas, including Energy, Transportation and Mobility, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Finance, Water, Waste Management and more...
Oct
31
2018
Eddie Fidler — Industry Trends

Why Fleets Will Drive Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Electrification is one of the most significant trends in transport today. Future demand for both electric vehicles (EVs) and the associated electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will, of course, be driven by increased adoption of electric vehicles by individuals and businesses. In this post, I will be making the case that the economics of EVs prove particularly favorable for fleet operations, focusing on full-battery as opposed to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (BEVs vs. PHEVs).
Oct
25
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

Using an Incident-Focused Model for Information Security Programs

Organizations attempt to prevent information security incidents by embedding tools in policies and practices across business functions. Because it is not possible to completely prevent security events, organizations must also include proven response practices as part of their security program.

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Nov
14
2018
Chantal Polsonetti — Company and Product News

Cisco Unites SD-WAN and Security to Address the New Cloud Edge

Cisco is unifying its security and software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technologies to help organizations embrace the cloud faster with choice and confidence. Until now, SD-WAN solutions have forced IT to choose between application experience or security.  By evolving its SD-WAN portfolio, Cisco is addressing the new realities of the Cloud Edge. 
Nov
14
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Acquisition or Partnership

Bentley Systems Acquires ACE enterprise Slovakia

Bentley Systems, a global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, recently announced the acquisition of ACE enterprise Slovakia, provider of innovative techn

Nov
13
2018
Craig Resnick — Company and Product News

Rockwell Automation Introduces the Connected Mine

Rockwell Automation introduced The Connected Mine, a portfolio of enabling and digital technologies designed for mining applications.  The Connected Mine is designed to address major operational challenges in the mining industry, including process efficiencies, cost control, worker health and safety, and skills gaps. 

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