The Siemens Innovation Day, held at their Central Research and Development Center in Princeton was a showcase of disruptive, “game-changing” technologies. The event was a great chance to hear Siemens’ perspective regarding high value opportunities for digital transformation and its general approach to discovering and fostering innovation through the next47 program. The day began with […]
IIoT & I4.0 Viewpoints
IIoT and I4.0 Connectivity Requirements Drive Industrial Ethernet Further into Automation Architectures
Industrial Ethernet end devices, such as the sensors, I/O drives, and other components that reside at the lower tier of the automation hierarchy, play a pivotal role in the connectivity-enabled business improvement strategies of the future. This is particularly true in the case of both the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie I4.0 (I4.0), […]
“All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place.” Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Because it just wasn’t confusing enough… I think Mr. […]
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Thoughts from the Elephant in the Room: Big Data, Analytics, and Data Management for Industrial Control
IIoT Viewpoints is always on the lookout for disruptive IIoT-enabled solutions that address longstanding problems. ARC interviewed Vish Avasarala, Co-founder of Saint Software Consultants, and Kenneth Smith, General Manager, Energy at Hortonworks about how Big Data, analytics, and data management systems can help industrial companies optimize operations performance. Today we present part one of two. […]
Who is responsible for reliability at your facility? A common response to this question from the asset performance management community is everybody. ARC supports this position and there is growing evidence that this message is reaching the end user community. The requirements of an enterprise will vary depending on its organizational and operating philosophy as well […]
My colleague, Will Hastings, and I recently attended SIMULIA Day. SIMULIA is the Dassault Systèmés (DS) brand for simulation and analysis solutions (computer aided engineering (CAE)). What was particularly interesting about this product update and overview of product test and analysis solutions, was how comprehensive far-reaching this technology has become for all PLM providers and […]
The automotive industry is currently undergoing its most dramatic changes since the invention of the automobile. That’s according to Eckart Mayer, president and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan, who spoke at this month’s inaugural TIMTOS Summit, themed Connecting to the Future and which was held in Taipei as an accompanying event to the TIMTOS exhibition, the second largest machine […]
A few month ago, Felix Hanisch, Head of Global Process Control at Covestro, spoke about the meaning of Industrie 4.0 for the chemicals industry from Covestro’s perspective. Covestro, a specialty polymers company, was carved out from Bayer in 2015 and aims to make the world “a brighter place.” The goal of Industrie 4.0 is to produce intelligent […]
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Last year, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), published a guideline for general and manufacturer-independent criteria for Industrie 4.0 products. The reference architecture model Industrie 4.0 (RAMI 4.0) was developed as part of the standardization work and represents the entire solution space for Industrie 4.0. In RAMI 4.0, technical standards are located along […]
I recently had a chance to participate in a very interesting discussion about the 3D printing and how it affects the chemicals industry. Part of an SAP series about the future of manufacturing, the “Coffee Break with Game Changers” internet talk radio series is hosted by the energetic and talented Bonnie D. Graham. Here’s the […]
As ARC continues to advocate, the adoption and traction of any emerging technology in the marketplace is directly proportional to the size and strength of the technology’s ecosystem, which ranges from developers to sales channels. That has certainly been the case with Industrie 4.0 and IIoT ecosystems. ARC remains a strong proponent of IIoT and […]
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MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge hosted their annual Connected Things forum this past Monday at the MIT Media Lab. This symposium was focused on how to accelerate the adoption and impact of IoT by identifying headwinds and discussing ways to overcome them. Cybersecurity and connectivity remain universal hurdles, but the presentations, panels and personal discussions […]
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It all started with the first version of a single-board computer called “Raspberry Pi”, developed by a charitable foundation in Great Britain. Since its launch in 2012, originally designed as a low-cost tool for students, the Raspberry Pi has become an incredible success. On its fifth birthday at the end of February, the foundation announced […]
Connectivity is a primary enabler of many of today’s core business improvement strategies, whether the IIoT, I4.0, or industry-specific strategies. Digitization and internet-enabled strategies are increasingly seen as the means of achieving reduced downtime (IIoT), production flexibility and customization (I4.0), or connected and secure infrastructure. Ability to develop, share, and continuously refine a digitized view […]
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Control systems with a multitude of microprocessors and networking components are at the heart of every smart lighting network. A cyber compromise of any one of these control system elements could have serious consequences, including operational disruptions and safety incidents. As lighting control becomes ubiquitous, the cyber threats go well beyond controlling lights themselves such […]
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ARC has been screaming from the mountain top for some time now that upstream oil & gas can be a large beneficiary of leveraging the benefits of IIoT-enabled solutions such as analytics, machine learning and enhanced communications. Operators, independent E&P firms, and industry stakeholders are desperate to seek solutions that will help reduce costs, increase […]
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Cybersecurity is a critical topic for many world regions, and indeed, for the middle east countries, this has become a natural defense and embedded in the industrial culture. Cyber-warfare is a relatively new phenomenon for the GCC, and since high-level attacks struck in 2012, these companies have made industrial cyber security awareness as a top priority. To help […]
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At our recent Industry Forum in Orlando, the core themes of digitalization and cyber security dominated the agenda and the event buzz. These two core themes are highly dependent, as with ubiquitous connectivity comes a greater need for increased cyber defenses as the surface area for cyber-threats grows exponentially. Without resource prioritization accompanied by robust […]
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The simple typically evolves into the complex when left unchecked. This is true for most everything from consumer products, to tax laws, to companies, to governments. Over time, they become more articulated, more nuanced, more detailed or sophisticated. Successful companies are successful primarily because they manage their evolution well. They add new ideas, eliminate outdated […]
No, this is not a joke, you read that correctly. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud business, is without question a success. AWS is building up large data centers to sell access and offer services to the cloud to anyone who asks for it. Customers can not only store their data and take advantage […]