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Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for Industry, Infrastructure and Cities.

Aug
09
2018
Rick Rys — Industry Trends

What is the future of base load power and spinning reserves?

Most people take electric power for granted and few understand the complexities involved to keep the power flowing without interruptions. There is great public demand for clean renewable power, but utilities fear that these non-dispatchable renewables will disrupt our electric grids. We’ve all witnessed the impact of occasional power failures. Thankfully, according to FERC, outages caused by failed protection system equipment, AC substation failures, or human error, have decreased over the past five years. This, despite the fact that solar and wind are the major new source of generation and older base load power from coal and nuclear plants have been closing. So, what happened? How can grid stability be improving?
Aug
09
2018
Bob Gill — Industry Trends

User Stories from the Industry of Things (Part Two)

Part Two of this article features more stories of end user Industrial IoT adoptions and digital transformation journeys from the recent Industry of Things World Asia conference in Singapore, which this year was chaired by ARC Advisory Group. As mentioned in Part One, hearing from other end users on their motivations, experiences and challenges can be a powerful learning step for companies looking to initiate and move forward with projects in these areas.
Aug
09
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — ARCView

Unlocking Industrial Potential with Digitalization

Siemens’ presentations resonated well with the forum’s theme of Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities, and sparked numerous discussions among delegates.
Aug
09
2018
Eric Cosman — ARC Report Abstract

Five Stages of Cybersecurity Awareness

Standards committees and other industry groups have developed and promoted several conceptual models that describe a stepwise approach to cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS).  These models address the people, process, and technology elements of the cybersecurity response.
Aug
09
2018
Craig Resnick — Company and Product News

Schneider Electric Releases Next-Generation EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS Software and EcoStruxure Field Device Expert

Schneider Electric released EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS Control Software 7.1 to help its customers improve the real-time efficiency, cybersecurity, reliability and profitability of their assets and operations. With expanded capabilities and an enhanced HMI, the updated software helps to simplify engineering and enhances the user experience, while expanding the ability of EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS to help drive measurable operational profitability improvements, safely.
Aug
08
2018
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Operational Excellence in the Digital Transformation Age

Operational Excellence is a systematic approach for industrial organizations to attain best-in-class performance in productivity, quality, and delivery of services and/or products across the manufacturing value network.
Aug
07
2018
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

DHS Sheds Light on Recent Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

DHS recently held several webinars in the wake of its March announcement regarding Russian state-sponsored hacking group Energetic Bear/Dragonfly on utilities and critical infrastructure installations in the US.  The webinar focused on some of the more interesting and unique aspects of these recent attacks plus some countermeasures that end users can implement right now that can greatly reduce the likelihood of future attacks. 
Aug
07
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Digital Twins Define Oil & Gas 4.0

According to the US Department of Energy, pumping systems account for almost 20 percent of the world’s energy consumed by electric motors and approximately 25 to 50 percent of the total electric energy usage in certain industrial facilities. Among other applications, pumps move crude oil through vast pipeline networks, which in turn play an indispensable role in transporting hydrocarbons to key markets. Suppliers are already developing solutions such as digital twins that can leverage data analytics to optimize the performance of pump stations for crude oil and other pipelines.
Aug
07
2018
Michael Guilfoyle — Acquisition or Partnership

SparkCognition Partners with Siemens To Advance Industrial Market

SparkCognition, a global artificial intelligence (AI) company, announced its collaboration with Siemens to deploy SparkCognition's AI solutions on MindSphere, the Internet of Things (IoT) operating system from Siemens.
Aug
06
2018
Shin Kai — Acquisition or Partnership

Mitsubishi Electric to Acquire ASTES4 in Switzerland

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA, a company based in Switzerland that is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines.
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