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Dec
06
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Artificial Intelligence in the Healthcare Sector

There is a huge market for artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare sector and many companies, such as Google, Apple, Dell, HewlettPackard, Siemens, Bentley Systems etc. have already cashed in on this.  Hospitals, insurance companies, and industries with ties to healthcare have all been impacted.
Dec
04
2018
Ed O'Brien — Industry Trends

Digital Transformation and Analytics Take Root in EAM

These are both challenging and exciting times for EAM users looking to find actionable information in a sea of disparate data. With a wide variety of data sources in use in industrial organizations today, finding the right information, at the right time, is more important than ever. This is why there is an increasing demand for updated EAM systems that are part of larger digital transformation efforts, and increasingly include digital transformation, data and predictive analytics, and IIoT connectivity.
Dec
03
2018
Guest Blogger: Michael Ford — Technology Trends

Industrial IoT - The Journey from Talk to Success

Successful endeavors traditionally start with a clear business plan that has a defined expected outcome. Industrial IoT has no such luxury. Though the “talk” suggests grand opportunities, many of the success stories so far have largely been narrowly focused and – to a certain degree - proprietary. While this is not really what IIoT is about, there are many things we can do to put it back on track.
Nov
29
2018
Anju Ajaykumar — Industry Trends

Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0 in Emerging Markets

ARC Advisory Group held the company's sixteenth India Forum for the process and discrete industries, from July 5-6, 2018 in Bangalore, India. This year’s ARC India Forum, Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities, attracted over 250 delegates. The Forum session topics covered industry and infrastructure moving towards digitization; automation trends, cybersecurity; smart technologies and smart cities; and several end user experiences. At the event, Ankur Goyal, Head – Strategic Business Development (Industry 4.0), Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, presented an end user presentation entitled, “Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0.”
Nov
28
2018
Inderpreet Shoker — Industry Trends

Drones Set to Transform Inspections

Around the world, asset-intensive industries, such as oil and gas, are looking to maximize their return on assets by better managing and maintaining their assets throughout the lifecycle. Regular maintenance and inspections work is crucial for proper asset management.

Dec
06
2018
Anju Ajaykumar — Industry Trends

Standardization of Coordinate Measuring Machines Supports Smart Factory Infrastructure

The move toward Industry 4.0 drives a new trend in smart factory infrastructure. Manufacturers are transiting to smart connected factories and extending Industrial IoT ecosystems across factories, plants, and supply chains. Efficient and flexible data analysis are critical for production systems and plant assets. As the trend of Industry 4.0 accelerates, metrology and quality control need to keep up with the latest digital trend. Coordinate measuring machines are critical machines in manufacturing process, which captures geometric measurements or surface conditions of a workpiece. Continued technology advancements now enable coordinate measuring machines to be integrated into the shop floor and interoperate with other inspection technologies throughout the manufacturing process.
Dec
04
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Asian Downstream Summit Focuses on Digital Transformation

The 11th Asian Downstream Summit in Singapore, hosted by the Energy Market Authority, attracted over 800 attendees, 80 speakers, and 28 sponsors and exhibitors. ADS, considered the anchor oil and gas event of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), provided a platform for networking, seeking partnerships, and showcasing technologies through relevant case studies. The three-track agenda focused on core refining & petrochemical technologies, innovation, asset management, energy efficiency, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation in the oil & gas sector. KBC (a Yokogawa company) held a readiness assessment workshop to help people identify the gap between their own organizations and the industry leaders; in particular the characteristics behind the digital leadership and change management practices of other organizations as these apply to digital transformation.
Dec
03
2018
Guest Blogger: Michael Ford — Technology Trends

Industrial IoT - The Journey from Talk to Success

Successful endeavors traditionally start with a clear business plan that has a defined expected outcome. Industrial IoT has no such luxury. Though the “talk” suggests grand opportunities, many of the success stories so far have largely been narrowly focused and – to a certain degree - proprietary. While this is not really what IIoT is about, there are many things we can do to put it back on track.
Nov
30
2018
David Humphrey — Company and Product News

After a Year of Uncertainty, OPC Foundation Members Agree on the Way Forward

At Germany’s SPS trade fair in late November, the OPC Foundation announced its long-anticipated plans to extend OPC UA down to the field level. This announcement amounts to a breakthrough after a year-long stalemate that threatened to divide the industry into two competing camps.
Nov
29
2018
Anju Ajaykumar — Industry Trends

Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0 in Emerging Markets

ARC Advisory Group held the company's sixteenth India Forum for the process and discrete industries, from July 5-6, 2018 in Bangalore, India. This year’s ARC India Forum, Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities, attracted over 250 delegates. The Forum session topics covered industry and infrastructure moving towards digitization; automation trends, cybersecurity; smart technologies and smart cities; and several end user experiences. At the event, Ankur Goyal, Head – Strategic Business Development (Industry 4.0), Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, presented an end user presentation entitled, “Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0.”
Dec
05
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

Cybersecurity Implications of IT/OT Convergence in Smart Buildings

Adoption of the IoT in today’s smart buildings has created a new landscape that eliminates barriers between IT and OT technology. All of this advanced technology and capability, however, creates increased cybersecurity concerns and risks. The increased focus on cybersecurity for smart buildings is already manifesting itself in new relationships between smart building technology vendors and leading cybersecurity providers with experience and capabilities in both the IT and OT space.
Dec
04
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Asian Downstream Summit Focuses on Digital Transformation

The 11th Asian Downstream Summit in Singapore, hosted by the Energy Market Authority, attracted over 800 attendees, 80 speakers, and 28 sponsors and exhibitors. ADS, considered the anchor oil and gas event of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), provided a platform for networking, seeking partnerships, and showcasing technologies through relevant case studies. The three-track agenda focused on core refining & petrochemical technologies, innovation, asset management, energy efficiency, Industry 4.0 and digital transformation in the oil & gas sector. KBC (a Yokogawa company) held a readiness assessment workshop to help people identify the gap between their own organizations and the industry leaders; in particular the characteristics behind the digital leadership and change management practices of other organizations as these apply to digital transformation.
Nov
30
2018
Eric Cosman — ARC Report Abstract

Government Guidance on Industrial Cybersecurity

Protection of critical infrastructure and key resources from unintended compromise or deliberate attack is a well-established imperative in most industrialized nations.  Although the initial emphasis may have been on physical protection, the growing awareness of the risks associated with inadequate industrial cybersecurity have led to the inclusion of threats and vulnerabilities in this area in national response plans.
Dec
05
2018
Larry O'Brien — Technology Trends

Cybersecurity Implications of IT/OT Convergence in Smart Buildings

Adoption of the IoT in today’s smart buildings has created a new landscape that eliminates barriers between IT and OT technology. All of this advanced technology and capability, however, creates increased cybersecurity concerns and risks. The increased focus on cybersecurity for smart buildings is already manifesting itself in new relationships between smart building technology vendors and leading cybersecurity providers with experience and capabilities in both the IT and OT space.
Nov
27
2018
Eapen Jacob — Industry Trends

Smart Elevators - Six Major Trends for 2019

Six Smart Elevator Market Trends for 2019 - Connectivity, Predictive Maintenance, Cable-Free Smart Elevators, Automated Vehicle Storage and Retrieval Technologies and more...
Nov
21
2018
Smart Cities Team — Industry Trends

Smart City 3.0: Building Compelling Smart City Business Cases

The Smart City 3.0 is a Smart City initiative is driven by public expectations – or more clinically “user needs”. While Smart City 1.0 and 2.0 are driven by technology and government decisions respectively, Smart City 3.0 is neither driven by the dazzling technologies nor the government alone.
Nov
20
2018
Smart Cities Team — Industry Trends

The Four Significant Benefits of Smart City Standards

Smart City standards future proof your projects - so you can avoid technological and business process obsolescence. They commoditize software and hardware solutions which drives down costs and increases availability. They speed the development of new feature as manufacturers attempt to differentiate their offering beyond that of the standard, and they allow virtually free access to the accumulated intelligence of an ecosystem of domain experts.

Logistics Viewpoints

Dec
07
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — ARC Report Abstract

Where Is SCADA Heading?

While SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) technology has been around for quite a while, today's SCADA systems are easier to integrate and provide improved capabilities and functionalities.
Dec
07
2018
Allen Avery — ARC Report Abstract

Supplier Revenue Growth Moderates in Q3 2018

Automation suppliers continue to see robust revenue growth, posting overall year-to-year gains of nearly 6 percent versus the third quarter of 2017. 

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