Industrial IoT/Industry 4.0 Viewpoints

IIoT Viewpoints

Featured here are original and timely articles from ARC analysts and guest writers on topics such as Digitization, New Business Models, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, and Smart Manufacturing.  We dive into technologies such as additive manufacturing, machine learning, asset performance management, device connectivity, IIoT architecture, cybersecurity, augmented reality, and more related to digitization and transformation of industries, infrastructure, and cities.  Our goal is to provide readers with clear and concise analyses, opinions, and discussion of these trends, technologies, and services. Sign up for our weekly IIoT/I4 Viewpoints newsletter

Oct
23
2018
Inderpreet Shoker — Industry Trends

Key Asset Integrity Management (AIM) Methodologies

Traditionally, industrial plants have followed prescriptive run‐repair‐replace approach for managing and maintaining their assets and equipment. While this strategy had been working for end-users, they realize that it is not the most cost-effective strategy. End users have begun to better realize the contributions of proper inspection and maintenance in keeping physical assets in good working conditions to avoid business interruption and improve profitability as well as plant safety. End users are taking informed approach to planning inspection and maintenance to maximize asset output while maintaining asset integrity.
Oct
18
2018
Ed O'Brien — Industry Trends

Smart Manufacturing Operations Become Even Smarter With AR and VR

The time is right for smart manufacturing organiztions to adopt -- or expand -- their use, of AR and VR.  While the world of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) may be best known for such games as Pokémon GO and The Machines for the former and Minecraft VR and Need for Speed VR for the latter, both technologies are becoming an important part of the underlying strategy of firms adopting smart manufacturing methodologies.
Oct
17
2018
Chantal Polsonetti — Industry Trends

IIoT and I4.0 Drive Expanding Functional Spectrum of IIoT Edge Devices

The IIoT edge is still in the development stage regarding solidification of its ultimate role in emerging IIoT architectures, but there is no doubt as to its rising importance in fulfilling the IIoT vision. As industrial internet strategies are evolving, so too are the functional capabilities of the enabling edge infrastructure devices. In the IIoT gateway and router market, this expanding functional spectrum provides both IT and OT suppliers with more options as to where to position device offerings. New offerings, including highly functional low-cost devices, target a variety of points along the broadening price/performance spectrum associated with the edge.
Oct
16
2018
Greg Gorbach — Industry Trends

Digital Transformation Council Members to Share War Stories

After a busy summer, Digital Transformation Council members are back and they are hungry for information.  This became apparent at a recent member meeting focused on optimizing production operations with asset performance management or operat

Oct
11
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Digital Technologies, Initiatives, and Leadership

Industry is gripped in the tentacles of digitization. Any article I read, edit or write seems to be about disruptive technologies, innovative solutions, IT-OT integration, and cybersecurity. According to an article that I read in Forbes magazine, those born before 1990 are digital immigrants, and those born after are digital natives. For the digital immigrants use of technology (smartphone, tablet, social media etc.) doesn’t come naturally – it’s like adapting to a foreign culture; for the digital natives, it is an environment they are born into. So leaders must recognize this digital divide and bridge the gap, to drive digital transformation in the organization.
Oct
10
2018
Chantal Polsonetti — Industry Trends

Gateways at the Epicenter of Emerging IIoT Edge Ecosystems

The edge of industrial Internet-enabled architectures has emerged as one of the most diverse, dynamic components of these evolving ecosystems.  Originally tasked with simple connectivity to the assets, devices, and data resident in operational processes and endpoints, the IIoT edge is increasingl

Oct
09
2018
Ed O'Brien — Industry Trends

Observations from RoboBusiness 2018

The recent RoboBusiness 2018 robotics conference showcased a wide variety of new and innovative industrial robotics and drone systems.  Sponsors and presenters from such organizations as ABB Robotics, Future Robotix, Harmonic Drive, MITRE, Stanford University, ULC Robotics, Universal Robots, and Vecna Robotics, among others, attended the conference. 
Oct
08
2018
David Humphrey — Company and Product News

Amazon Web Services Take on Industry

For industry users, Amazon Web Services (AWS) may still seem like the new kid on the block, but the company has been doing business since 2006.

Oct
08
2018
Guest Blogger: Jane Ren — Industry Trends

Enabling Artificial Intelligence with Clean Data

The application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires that data be processed at the speed of operations in order to analyze the performance of any given process system. In this way, important decisions can be made quickly to improve the performance of the operation.

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