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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
15
2018
Rick Rys — Technology Trends

Demand Response Key for the Future Electric Grid and Smart Cities

The need for reliable electric power for the smart city is leading to new demand response applications that integrate electric grids with microgrids, commercial building automation systems, and residential participation.
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.
Nov
16
2018
Larry O'Brien — ARCView

A Unified Approach to Managing Risk for Process Safety and Cybersecurity

Innovation often happens when different disciplines share knowledge.  We’re seeing this today with increased interactions between the risk management, industrial cybersecurity, and process safety disciplines.  Risk-based approaches are at the heart of the process safety lifecycle and end users are becoming increasingly interested in applying these same principles to cybersecurity in industrial process environments. 
Nov
15
2018
Rick Rys — Technology Trends

Demand Response Key for the Future Electric Grid and Smart Cities

The need for reliable electric power for the smart city is leading to new demand response applications that integrate electric grids with microgrids, commercial building automation systems, and residential participation.
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).

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Nov
16
2018
Peter Reynolds — ARCView

AspenTech Aims to Optimize Asset Performance in Industrial Process Plants

Three years ago, Antonio Pietri, President and CEO of AspenTech, announced the company’s intention to pursue a new industrial strategy.  At the company’s Global Users conference in Houston, Mr. Pietri announced new activities around asset optimization, analytics, and Big Data. Now, with its latest initiative, AspenTech aims to optimize asset performance in industrial process plants.
Nov
16
2018
Dick Slansky — ARC Report Abstract

Material Science Changing the Face of Manufacturing

When thinking about the fundamental importance of basic materials, just consider the significance of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages to human civilization.  Each new era was brought about by a new material and steady progress in discovering new methods and techniques for improving and perfecting materials. Material science brings on change.
Nov
16
2018
Chantal Polsonetti — Acquisition or Partnership

Moxa and Trend Micro Announce Letter of Intent for Joint Venture to Tackle Security Needs in Industrial IoT Environments

Moxa Inc. and Trend Micro Incorporated announced they have executed a letter of intent relating to the formation of a joint-venture corporation - TXOne Networks - that will focus on the security needs present in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments, including smart manufacturing, smart city, smart energy and more.
Nov
16
2018
Larry O'Brien — ARCView

A Unified Approach to Managing Risk for Process Safety and Cybersecurity

Innovation often happens when different disciplines share knowledge.  We’re seeing this today with increased interactions between the risk management, industrial cybersecurity, and process safety disciplines.  Risk-based approaches are at the heart of the process safety lifecycle and end users are becoming increasingly interested in applying these same principles to cybersecurity in industrial process environments. 

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