Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Jan
11
2019
Harry Forbes — ARCView

Integrating HART Field Devices Effectively

The vast majority of the tens of millions of field instruments in process plants today support the HART protocol. Though dating from the 1980s, HART can provide a number of important and valuable services for end users if they were Integrating HART Field Devices.
Jan
11
2019
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Improve Manufacturing Safety with Analytics

Improving safety continues as a concern in manufacturing companies. Automation has helped alleviate some problems, but also allowed companies to push the boundaries of the safety envelope.  Over the years, the industry’s safety record has improved overall, but when things go wrong, the consequences are often more severe. It's time to improve manufacturing safety with analytics.
Jan
10
2019
Mark Sen Gupta — ARC Report Abstract

Protecting Automation’s Success while Facing Automation's Vulnerability

Automation’s success can be attributed to the value it delivers.  As technology has progressed, manufacturing automation has proliferated from basic control on the plant or factory floor to today’s advanced applications, thus opening the door to automation's vulnerability.  
Jan
08
2019
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Startups and India’s Unicorn Club

The last decade in India belonged to startup companies; and 2018 saw eight startups enter India's unicorn club (private companies valued at over $1 billion), ushering in an era of unprecedented growth.
Jan
03
2019
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Technology Evaluation and Selection in the Digital Transformation Era

Owner/operators frequently ask ARC Advisory Group for advice about selecting both technology and technology suppliers.  With the current Digital Transformation trend in full speed ahead mode, technology evaluation and selection can be a challenging task.
Dec
21
2018
Harry Forbes — ARC Report Abstract

The End of Industrial Automation (As We Know It)

A major technology disruption is approaching in the world of industrial automation.  This disruption (software container technology) has the potential to render long-held supplier business models obsolete.  It will also require suppliers of all types to adopt emerging software technologies and practices from the cloud computing domain. 
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