Industry Trends

Digital Transformation Takes the Next Step at OTC Tim Shea Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:56
The Digital Transformation discussions at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) have evolved to include how owner-operators can use new technologies to solve real-world problems.
Legal Issues in Smart Manufacturing – Part 2 Bob Gill Thu, 06/21/2018 - 05:24

In Part 2 of this article on the legal landscape related to smart manufacturing, we take a look at legal issues surrounding data ownership, data privacy, as well as the implications of artificial intelligence, which is rapidly making inroads to the manufacturing arena. 

Equinor partners with Microsoft for cloud services, paving way to digital transformation Tim Shea Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:38
ARC takes every opportunity to shout from the rooftops when an owner-operator takes action to help them on their path to digital transformation and operational excellence. Equinor (fka Statoil) is the one operator which ARC has pointed to in the past as being the most progressive in terms of adopting digital technologies, IIoT-enabled solutions and testing/proving these new technologies in the field. One cannot overstate the importance of Equinor’s efforts since it most definitely paves the way for other operators who may be more conservative to adopt and deploy IIoT-enabled solutions to help lower cost per boe, increase production and recovery rates, and improve operational synergies and collaboration among their respective ecosystems – both internal and external.

Top 5 Criteria for Operational Time-Series Database Selection

Companies are transforming operations and manufacturing using new time-series database technologies for the IIoT and the digital transformation. Traditional operational historians and time-series databases are changing and adapting to address the digital transformation. The new generation operational historian or industrial data platform is an industrial time-series database used to capture and transform time series data into operational visualization to support industrial operations analysis and decision-making and the digital transformation. The next gen historian is more than just a platform for data storage. Platforms for the today’s time-series databases should include on-premise, edge and cloud, etc.

ACHEMA 2018: MTP Facilitates Modular Production

Automation vendors continue to support standardisation efforts initiated by NAMUR, with demonstrators and reports on pilot implementations of Module Type Package (MTP) that facilitates modular production.  The impressive list*) of users, vendors, integrators and associations that participated in the common booth on MTP testifies on the perceived importance of modular production, and predicts significant rates of adoption of the standard.
Are you Organized for a Successful Digital Transformation Investment? Dick Hill Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:39
Manufacturers around the globe are beginning the journey of digital transformation investment.  Some are well into the transformation.  Unfortunately, many enterprises are not sufficiently equipped from an organizational point of view.  Creating a strategic IT-OT investment plan is essential, as indicated in a previous post on this blog.  However, many will look at this as an IT-OT technology-based digital transformation investment plan, rather than holistically as an enterprise transformational plan that involves organizations and people as well as the latest digital technology.
NGTC (Next Generation Train Control Systems) converges ETCS and CBTC Pranav Misal Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:41

Despite the implementation of advanced rail control systems, railway accidents, collisions, and derailments are still occurring. The existing architecture of the control systems is largely dependent on the human intervention, which results in the error. The purpose of developing NGTC ( Next Generation Train Control Systems ) is to identify the similarities and differences in the architecture, system design, hardware and software platforms of ETCS (European Train Control Systems) and CBTC (Communication based Train Control Systems) and converge them together.

Edge or Cloud Analytics? Michael Guilfoyle Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:20
Edge analytics are necessary based simply on the nature of industrial operations. A more thorough explanation of edge or cloud analytics includes a mix of technology and business reasons.
Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Trends Dick Hill Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:00

A new generation of manufacturing operations management

Driven by the digital transformation trend, the next-generation of manufacturing operations management (MOM) and manufacturing execution systems (MES) software is impacting manufacturing and production.

Legal Issues in Smart Manufacturing Bob Gill Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:56
Lawyers are primarily concerned with liability of your organization and can advise on key issues such as: What are you liable for to your customers? What liability needs to be borne by your vendors? What are your liable for to the regulators? What are the different jurisdictions (and their implications) of all the countries in which you are operating?
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