Category Archives: Connected Industry

Using data to create flexible power generation

The energy sector is in the grip of a radical transformation as renewables play an increasingly large role in the energy mix, transforming the nature of power supply and demand. To thrive in the new market conditions, power plant operators are looking to flexible power generation, and data is key to this new flexibility. Data…
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[White paper] How to determine the economic value of your data

The importance of data has changed over the years. Initially, data was just the “exhaust” from an organization’s On-Line Transactional Process (OLTP) systems. However as the volume, variety and velocity of the data grew over the past few years, the economic value of data has been transformed by the big data phenomena [1] that has…
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How are IoT and Smart Meters Uplifting the Water Industry?

Smart meters are pieces of advanced infrastructures that create a two-way interaction with the information management system of utilities. Hence, these meters enable customers and water suppliers to share information with each other that empower both parties to take useful and practical actions. These advanced metering infrastructures are now the need of the hour, especially…
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The predictive maintenance of railway bridges through an IoT framework

In the field of civil infrastructures, the vast majority of those, built since the middle of the last century, are subject to a global deterioration of mechanical properties due to varied loads and operating conditions compared to the design, to the aggression of atmospheric agents (e.g. freeze-thaw cycles), and sometimes, due to undersized maintenance actions.…
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Status of digital readiness for Industrial Transformation programs globally

We all know something big is happening “out there” in industrial operations around the globe. Companies are going beyond standard practices in Continuous Improvement (CI) as they seek step change improvement. Among them, programs go by a range of names: Digital or Industrial Transformation, Industrie 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, and many others. Whatever your company calls…
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Using the power to change rural lives

It is surprising, but rural broadband services are still lacking after many years and program-dollars spent to address the issue. The reasons are complex, but in general, telecom companies have resisted committing to the infrastructure required by sparsely populated areas, and this isn’t likely to change – which opens up an opportunity for other players,…
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Supercharging Solar-Powered IoT Devices

In recent years, some manufacturers of IoT sensors and small battery-powered devices have embedded solar panels in their products. The panels harvest energy from ambient light and use this energy to charge the battery, thus extending the time between battery replacements. Perhaps, some vendors claimed, these solar panels could completely eliminate the need for battery…
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Sensor Data Beats Employee Labor Every Time

Modern IoT sensors can provide 24/7, real-time monitoring of equipment and processes in a wide variety of applications: Monitoring compliance with hand-hygiene policies in restaurants and hospitals Monitoring roof top HVAC units to ensure they are working properly Tracking up-time and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) of manufacturing lines Monitoring Oil & Gas wells to ensure…
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Four critical steps for a successful digital transformation in manufacturing

In today’s highly competitive digital business world, manufacturers must act fast and pivot quickly to meet fluctuating market trends and consumer demands. IIoT, combined with advanced analytics as part of a broader digital transformation strategy, can help manufacturers create new business models, improve operational efficiencies and drive innovation in products and services.  Yet, nearly 70% of all digital transformation initiatives are considered…
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Operational Efficiency and a Holistic View of IIoT: Part 2

To fully understand what Industrial IoT can do for operational efficiency, one must take a holistic view of its benefits.  As previously discussed, Industrial IoT involves the connectivity of all aspects of a factory’s assets. This includes production equipment, inventory, supply chain, maintenance, quality and business operations.  In past revolutions, specific linear progress was made…
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The validity of cybersecurity policies for control system environments

Control system cyber security is different than IT and requires an understanding of issues unique to control systems. It is time to discuss the validity of cybersecurity policies for control system environments. Cybersecurity policy has been based on preventing malicious attacks against IT data networks. IT cybersecurity has been a problem for more than 20…
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The financial benefits of data-driven maintenance and repair

Digital transformation of the global workplace has impacted every aspect of the way companies do business. Much has been made of how smart, connected technologies are working behind the scenes to ingest, blend, and analyze data 24 hours a day, empowering companies like never before to form closer relationships with their customers and partners, gather market…
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Understanding the Benefits of IoT in GPS Fleet Tracking

The transportation sector is like the nervous system for any economy. It is the medium that connects industries and facilitates the movement of people, goods, and products from one location to another. In fact, around 95% of all the manufactured products at one point in the supply chain are transported in a container. Even though…
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Today’s leaders in the industrial sector need to create tomorrow’s future-ready workforce

“Accelerate Industrial,” a recent research by Intel, represents the most comprehensive view of Industry 4.0, the digital transformation of the manufacturing sector. The research uncovered a serious skills gap that most Western industrial production training programs and government investment initiatives fail to address. The study found that today’s leaders in the industrial sector need to create tomorrow’s…
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Ready or Not, Industry 4.0 Is Here

Many articles and posts on digital transformations and Industry 4.0 focus solely on technology enablement. In doing so, they underestimate the negative impact of poor organizational alignment. Assuming that employees can do both their day job and be handed a new set of responsibilities for digital initiatives will negatively impact the potential value of such…
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Emerging Tech and Sustainability – A Missed Opportunity

The traditional industrial terms of digital technology and environmental sustainability are not intertwined and the compelling factors remain unrelated. Sustainability through Industry 4.0 contribute to developing a better understanding of Industry 4.0 elements and the advanced technologies, considering the key changes in management and emerging opportunities towards sustainable development. The evolution of digital technologies has…
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Improving Operational Efficiency with Industrial IoT: Part 1

The last two and a half centuries have brought about stunning changes in industrial productivity.  With each passing generation, new and more advanced equipment and methodologies have arrived on scene to push production capabilities to new heights.  And as each new methodology or technological advancement has matured, the quest for greater operational efficiency has honed…
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The Million-Dollar Startup – Can Enterprises Adopt a Green Field Mentality?

Why is it so hard for enterprise organizations to act like the startup companies they increasingly come up against? It’s a very good question. In every industry, across every vertical we see new businesses emerge from seemingly nowhere, impacting the market landscape. What is it that prevents our largest companies from adopting a similar path,…
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Top four IIoT advantages for Oil and Gas industry

A technological enabler that can digitize industrial operations is the immediate need for the oil and gas sector. Internet of Things is one such technology that acts as a solution for the majority of the problems that the oil and gas sector faces today. The adoption of IoT technology can make astronomical changes for this…
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Key considerations for investment in new technology

Technology change is constant in today's world! This is true for manufacturing as well. Let's talk about the relation between New Technology, ROI and Desired Future state and the key considerations for investment despite short term pains. Please look at Exhibit A. Consider a paradigm shift that occurred due to ERP-MES with the advent of…
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