Operational Technology Viewpoints

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

Apr
17
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Digital Technologies are Bringing Global Companies to India

Global companies set their sights on Bengaluru in the 1980s but the pace began accelerating only after 2000. Initially, outsourcing to India was considered a cost-effective option for routine jobs; but that is no longer true.

Apr
13
2018
Rick Rys — Industry Trends

The Business Case for Grid-Scale Batteries

The theme of this blog is grid-scale batteries reduce generation, transmission, and distribution costs while improving grid reliability and resilience. One thing that has not changed is the demand for reliable power, since our lifestyle and economy depend on reliable electric power.

Apr
11
2018
Craig Resnick — Industry Trends

Real-Time Data Represents Disruptive Technology to Help Manage Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

ARC Advisory Group recently collaborated with John Fryer from Stratus Technologies on an article published in Pumps and Systems Magazine to determine if real-time data could be applied as a disruptive technology to more effectively manage water and wastewater infrastructure. Due to tight budgets and a lack of broad public recognition of the problems, needed improvements have been deferred for years or, in some cases, even decades
Apr
03
2018
Eric Cosman — Industry Trends

New 62443 Standards Define Requirements for Suppliers

The ISA99 committee and IEC TC65 WG10 have developed and approved a robust series of international standards that provide normative requirements for securing industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

Mar
30
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Collaborative Robots Could Revolutionize Manufacturing Landscape

New automation trends are revolutionizing the manufacturing landscape. This trend includes increased collaboration and integration between technologies, processes, and people. ARC explores this dynamic further in a recently published report titled Collaborative Robots Global Market 2017-2022. According to Rajkumar Paira, the report’s author, cobots are key smart factory technologies making manufacturing more efficient and competitive in the global marketplace.
Mar
28
2018
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Statoil is Now Equinor, Reflects Shift in Mix of Energy Sources

ARC has been noticing a growing trend among IOCs and even some NOCs that are increasingly taking steps to position themselves as energy companies and no longer just operating as oil & gas companies. Statoil’s board of directors recently proposed to change the name of the company to

Mar
26
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Technology Trends

India Hosts International Solar Alliance Summit

Earlier this month, the heads of about 40 countries landed in India for the first official Summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The ISA is a non-profit, treaty-based group of 121 countries advocating the use of solar energy; it is a coalition of countries lying fully, or partially, between the tropics, mostly developing countries, which although endowed with excellent insolation (solar radiation that reaches the earth's surface), are energy deficient.
Mar
23
2018
Rick Rys — Technology Trends

Why do Microgrids Happen

Microgrids provide reliability, resilience and more efficient power generation and distribution compared to large centralized grids. New Microgrids provide a compelling business case.
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