Tag Archives: Industrial Internet of things
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Machine Monitoring and Analytics as a Path to Smart Manufacturing

“Where are you on the journey to Smart Manufacturing?” Can be an uncomfortable question for many mid-size and small companies. New technology such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected machines, highly automated operations, and Internet everywhere can be daunting prospects. However for machine shops, there is a stepping stone that can begin to […]

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Industry 4.0 – Obvious and Subtle

The potential benefits of foreseeing the future are pretty obvious. It means you can prepare. Yet what you need to do to prepare for that foreseen future may not be quite so obvious. That is to say, you might need discernment to see subtle differences in approaches that will and won’t be suitable. Industry 4.0 […]

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People in the Future Factory

I see people in factories in the future, but doing some very different jobs. There is so much┬ádebate right now about how many jobs robots will take over, and how many more jobs will be eliminated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, or whatever your vision of a more automated […]

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Can industrial analytics succeed in the cloud?

Is the cloud ready for industrial and machine data? I have been asking experienced practitioners whether they see new technologies fitting into the plant floor software market. On the topic of cloud, the jury was out – responses came back from “We think this is important and are moving there.” to “Certain applications will go […]

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Peer-to-Peer or Hierarchical?

Should information flows be hierarchical up and down from “top floor to shop floor”? Or in today’s connected world are they more peer-to-peer? My answer: A bit of both. In an LNS Research blog post, “IIoT will Change Our View of CIM”, Dan Miklovic argues that the Purdue model is dated. I agree. It also […]

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Production: In the Supply Chain, but not Of it

While I’ve always thought of production as in the middle of the supply chain – and apparently others do to, with Make at the center of the SCOR model – that does not mean many people have experience in both domains. In fact few do. And that contributes to some disconnects. I was reminded of […]

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