Digital Transformation 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.

Apr
24
2019
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

Pipeline operators have been increasing the adoption of pipeline scheduling solutions as technology improvements have been improving performance and functionality, with the greatest traction being experienced by larger companies that are operating more complex pipelines with a mixture of liquids, such as crude, natural gas liquids and refined products.
Apr
18
2019
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Enhance Oil & Gas Operations

The market for pipeline scheduling solutions continues to develop and evolve as an increasing number of pipeline operators and transporters now view automation of the scheduling operations as a positive investment in productivity, operational improvements and improved profitability.
Apr
09
2019
Michael Guilfoyle — Industry Trends

Why Fail Fast Doesn’t Align with Digital-first Industrial Work Culture

The phrase “fail fast” is increasingly finding its way into conversations about industrial digital transformation and Industry 4.0.  The implication seems to be that fail-first is a necessary component of a digital-first industrial work culture.
Apr
05
2019
Janice Abel — Technology Trends

Saudi Aramco to Make Its MOM Software and Expertise Commercially Available

Saudi Aramco’s new digital application for manufacturing intelligence is designed to help solve the information gaps typically encountered in today’s Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) technologies.  The goal was to create a largely off-the-shelf solution that would require minimal customization.
Apr
05
2019
Guest Blogger: Marcia Elaine Walker — Acquisition or Partnership

Waiting for the Harvest Helps Realize the Bounty of IoT and AI

“The harvest” explained the engineer.  “It’s our busiest time of year.  Everyone is buried dealing with glitches in the ERP system when deploying spare parts or doing root-cause analysis on warranty claims. No one in IT will agree to system testing during the harvest.”
Apr
05
2019
Ed O'Brien — Technology Trends

EAM Wearables Enhance Capabilities of Shop Floor Maintenance Workers

As today’s industrial maintenance organizations are becoming more sophisticated and operating under more stringent service-level agreements and expectations, their maintenance teams continue on a quest to be more efficient and effective.  To this point, awareness and interest in EAM wearables are building.
Apr
03
2019
Ralph Rio — Industry Trends

Digital Transformation and Servitization for OEMs

Servitization allows OEMs to provide proactive support to prevent production disruptions at their customers.  Owner/operators should add servitization for OEMs to their selection criteria.
Apr
03
2019
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Yokogawa Helping Air Liquide Achieve Digital Transformation of Process Control

Arnold “Marty” Martin is Director, Process Control Technology at Air Liquide USA.  As we learned during his presentation at ARC’s February 2019 Forum in Orlando, Florida, his company has been hard at work moving with its customer-centric, “NEOS 2016–2020” initiative. Fundamentally, it is a digital transformation of process control (Industry 4.0) initiative.
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