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Cybersecurity Certification is Important for Safety Instrumented Systems Tim Shea Thu, 09/20/2018 - 08:39
or end users of process safety systems, cybersecurity certification should be a primary concern, especially after the costly TRITON/TRISIS malware incident that happened in the Middle East this past year. The emergence of TRITON/TRISIS adds a new dimension to the discussion of ICS and SCADA cybersecurity. Safety systems are not immune to cyber-attacks. As a result, end users will have to take a more considered approach to everything from management of change procedures to integration of process control and safety systems.
MCS-DCS Interface Standardization Network Optimizes Subsea Controls Communications Tim Shea Tue, 09/18/2018 - 09:49

With today’s gradually improving prices, ARC has observed an increased focus on offshore and subsea drilling.  Renewed investments in deep water and ultra-deepwater projects by major oil & gas companies should help drive a recovery in the market for subsea control systems.  

Edgecross コンソーシアム、エッジコンピューティング技術活用スマート工場の実証に関するRRI SWG を立上げ Shin Kai Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:39

Chevron Launching Predictive Maintenance to Cut Costs & Improve Operations

ARC takes every opportunity to blog about examples of leading oil & gas companies that are embarking on their journey towards digital transformation and operational excellence. We are encouraged and excited when companies engage in strong technology partnerships that enable them to breakdown operational silos and harness the power of digital technologies to improve operational performance.  One of the lowest “hanging fruit” in terms of opportunities to leverage the benefits of digital transformation lies in predictive maintenance.
Rising Fuel Prices and India’s Falling Rupee Tim Shea Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:15
Today’s gradually increasing oil prices have helped drive economic growth in energy-producing nations and supported renewed growth in the global operational technology (OT) industry.  However, rising energy prices have not been so good to countries such as India, which – while a major energy consumer – is neither a major energy producer or global OT supplier.  In fact, the rising fuel prices are putting additional pressure on India’s falling rupee.
How IoT with embedded AI is driving new revenue streams in the industrial world Greg Starr Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:44

When I ask people what they think the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about, the majority say, “smart homes”, probably based on personal experience with Alexa or Siri.  If I say that it’s also about industries making using of sensor data, most think of manufacturing. Sensors have been used for a long time in manufacturing, and the concept of using data generated at the edge to monitor and run automated processes is well understood. But this is underestimating the potential of IoT.  In practice, IoT can be applied anywhere.

Siemens PLM Analyst Conference: Realizing the Digital Transformation

Siemens PLM, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory group, recently held their annual analyst conference. There was a very noticeable and very significant difference between the 2018 analyst event and those in past years. Up until now, these industry analyst events provided Siemens PLM an opportunity to present the analyst community with a look at new features, improvements, and new products added to their overall PLM solution portfolio that were developed and released during the last year.

BP deploys cloud-based analytics solution on Gulf of Mexico platforms Tim Shea Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:39
ARC continues to take every opportunity to highlight examples of owner-operators that are leveraging IIoT-enabled solutions such as cloud-based analytics that enable them to continue their journey towards digital transformation. In previous blogs ARC has highlighted its strong belief that strong technology partnerships are critical for companies seeking to fully leverage the true power of digital technologies to improve their operations and strive for operational excellence.
Integrating Maintenance Information Tim Shea Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:29
One of the challenges facing industrial process manufacturing is the growing number of data sources. Examples of these data sources could be shift reports, process data historians, laboratory information management systems, or manufacturing execution systems. Being able to easily connect disparate data sources for decision-making is a key challenge in the age of IIOT. The lack of connection of these data sources and the creation of data silos is one version of the “big data” problem we hear about.
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