Overcome the 3 key barriers to success with industrial IoT
Capturing data at the industrial edge can help optimize operations, streamline efficiency, and generate insights that increase profitability
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) offers exciting possibilities for transforming industrial automation. So why aren’t we seeing more IIoT implementations?
Here are three of the major barriers slowing adoption of IIoT in industrial automation, along with strategies for overcoming them:
1. Conservative cultureA major barrier has to do with the mindset and culture of Operational Technology (OT) organizations, which is quite different from those of IT organizations. Whereas IT is defined by constant change and innovation, OT is change- and risk-averse.
2. Monetization questionsIndustrial technology investments are highly ROI-driven. This is especially true in industries where margins are thin and in smaller organizations, where cash…
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Without enough money to continue at pace through the remainder of the fiscal year, a complex prioritization process began that looked at both lower-priority work that could be pushed back as well as what locations could absorb cuts with the least disruption.
The operations and maintenance shortfall – which totals just two percent of the Navy’s O&M budget but…
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In comic book movies, transportation infrastructure problems are easy to spot.
Bridges fall. Asphalt shatters. And unless Ironman funds the repairs out of his personal fortune, big public debt issues are ahead.
In real life, damage to roads and rails tends to be gradual, though ultimately just as ruinous to regional well-being.
"The system is safe, but the system is starting to lose on reliability, and you end up spending more money trying to maintain an old system," said Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Leanne Redden.
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Caterpillar is experimenting with AR for portable generators. Could augmented reality aid your organization's field service work?
Augmented reality (AR) has been touted for many product development roles, from concept visualization to design reviews to immersive “brochures.”
To be clear, AR is not the same as virtual reality (VR). VR recreates a world in 3D and often requires such a high level of graphics processing that users must remain tethered to a workstation. AR is less demanding. It generates less imagery and superimposes this imagery onto a real-life view. It can be powered by as little as a smartphone. This makes AR much more accessible and economically viable for field service.
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Equipment as a service pushes the frontier of IIoT
EaaS seen as revolutionizing predictive maintenance
A new Lux Research report, “Predictive Maintenance: The Art of Uptime,” discusses how IIoT is helping introduce new predictive maintenance (PdM) solutions for industrial equipment around the world.
More significantly, the report heralds the impact of new industrial business models that are emerging out of IIoT, such as equipment-as-a-service (EaaS). These new paradigms have the potential to reorient the playing field and create huge opportunities for operators and vendors alike. PdM is considered one of IIoT’s coveted use cases that could benefit from connected devices’ ability to provide decreased costs and improved asset uptimes.
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The calendar year wrapped up with order values growing 20.4% in December, just below the 22.4% average growth for that month the last five years. That marked the second-highest monthly orders total in 2015, behind only March. Overall, orders dropped 17.4% year-over-year.
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Perspective: American manufacturing isn't dead, it's evolving
Challenge is to keep pace with the type of manufacturing and the type of manufacturing jobs currently on the rise
What could be more American than manufacturing – that solid hum that kept America moving forward for so many years? Manufacturing was practically synonymous with innovation for most of the 20th century. But what about now? We know manufacturing’s legacy in America, and fear the drastic changes that have rocked this sector in recent years. The general feeling is that manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas, and they’re never coming back.
Well that may be true – but it begs the question, is that a bad thing?
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Industrial output declined 0.4 percent last month after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent increase in April.
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The survey found that widespread automation investment “suggests a fundamental reshaping of the production landscape that could eventually have implications for most aspects of manufacturing activity,” with 83% of respondents to a December 2015 national survey having automated some part of their manufacturing process in the five years prior to the survey and 76% indicating that they plan to do so in the three years following the survey.
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At that time Keith D. Nosbusch, 65, who has been president and chief executive officer since 2004, will transition from those roles while continuing as chairman of the board. Moret, 53, is currently senior vice president of the Company’s Control Products & Solutions segment.
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The 21st century version of the American gold rush is coming to a swift end.
A shakeout is sweeping through the U.S. oil and gas business, putting small-time petroleum prospectors who got rich off of shale energy out of business as rock-bottom oil prices reshape the sector despite the commodity's slight uptick in recent weeks.
The pain low oil prices have sparked has spread into other corners of the energy industry. This week, coal miner Peabody Energy warned that it may have to file for bankruptcy protection and SunEdison, a developer, installer and operator of alternative energy plants said it discovered problems in its accounting processes, the latest in a string of troubles for the company.
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The decline in American manufacturing is a common refrain, particularly from Donald Trump. “We don’t make anything anymore,” he told Fox News last October, while defending his own made-in-Mexico clothing line.
Without question, manufacturing has taken a significant hit during recent decades, and further trade deals raise questions about whether a new shocks could hit manufacturing.
But there is also a different way to look at the data. In reality, United States manufacturing output is at an all-time high, worth $2.7 trillion in 2015, up from $1.7 trillion in 2009. And while total employment has fallen by nearly a third since 1970, the jobs that remain are increasingly skilled.
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