Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industry

Digital Controls

Search Engines and Smart Phones Drive the Industrial Internet: The Rise of Connected Controls

Industry demands the benfits that search engines ad smart phones have brought to the commercial world—and the Industrial Internet can deliver.

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Future of Controls

A Journey into the Future of Controls: Let’s Go Where No One Has Gone Before

I recently wrote a blog post called “ Why Connectivity to Controls Matters ,” where I discussed the concept of an “Advise” layer enabled by connectivity and how this optimizes machines and processes much like how connectivity has made humans more efficient. Last month we introduced this idea to our North American channel partners. I was delighted and encouraged by how the message resonated with the more than 150 people in attendance. I was...

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What Does It Mean to Be Achilles Certified?

Cyber security is a critical component of the Industrial Internet. While there are many benefits to connecting machines, with this connectivity comes increased risk that processes and data can be attacked or accessed by unauthorized users. The numbers around cyber security are staggering. Cyber security incidents are on the rise, increasing nearly 40% between 2014 and 2015. Estimates put the cost of cyber attacks at upwards of $1 billion. To...

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Hannover Messe 2016

Hannover Messe: At the Controls of Modern Industry

Since 1947, Hannover, the capital city of Lower Saxony, has hosted the world's leading fair for industrial technology: Hannover Messe. At this year’s event, more than 5,000 exhibitors presented their latest news to more than 190,000 visitors. The main topic was industry’s transformation from physical to digital: the so-called Industrie 4.0 (or Industrial Internet or IIoT). Automation & Controls was represented at the center of a nice GE...

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Hannover Messe

Sprechen Sie Industrie?

Spanning approximately 5.3 million square feet, Hannover Messe is the world's largest industrial fair, according to show organizers. Over the course of five action-packed days, more than 5,000 exhibitors and 250,000 visitors filled up the 27 exhibit halls and pavilions and the show’s convention center in the town of Hannover, Germany. The sheer scale of the show made it a fitting location for GE, the world’s digital industrial company, to...

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Wind Turbine

Why Connectivity to Controls Matters

We as humans are wired to sense, think and then act. In prehistoric times, a person would sense a problem (storm clouds on the horizon), think about what to do (get out of the rain) and act (take shelter). They didn’t have the capability to get information from others on what to expect or what to do. With the advent of communication technology like the telegraph and telephone, people could add another step—get information from other people, most...

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Automation World Awards

Recognizing the Power of Connectivity

Kim Schultz, Neal Skidmore, Bill Huntley, Yanis Liaskos, Tom Jeffery, and Connie Chick stand proudly with their awards. I’m proud to announce we recently were recognized as a First Team Honoree in five categories by Automation World magazine for their 2015 Leadership in Automation program. In its fifth year, the program recognizes innovation, leadership and excellence among suppliers of automation software, technology and products. Honorees are...

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Vibhoosh Gupta speaking

Industrial Edge Node: The iPhone of Industry

When Apple unleashed its iPhone in 2007, it was truly a market disruptor: The first edge node for humans, putting the power of a PC in the palm of your hand. Not only can you use an iPhone to make phone calls, but you can check your email, browse the Internet and listen to music. However, the most revolutionary iPhone element was the concept of “apps.” You can create apps and use them to change the personality and functionality of your iPhone...

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Gas Turbine

Realizing the Dream of a Fast and Easy Equipment Profile

How convenient would it be to have a tool, which with a simple push of a button, would provide a complete, real-time lifecycle profile of your vehicle? Not only the big stuff; everything from the cables, spark plugs, A/C, heater core, and pistons, to power seats, wiper blades, and tires. This tool would clearly identify all current and outdated parts along with their suggested replacements and even provide support for ordering, installation and...

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Cyber Security

GE's Commitment to Cyber Security

Over the last decade, the proliferation of cyber threats against critical infrastructure has made cyber security a central concern for industrial automation and control system users. These strategic attacks are aimed at disrupting industrial activity for monetary, competitive, political or social gain, or personal revenge. In the age of the Industrial internet, where companies seek new levels of performance and productivity by connecting...

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Wind Power

GE + Alstom = The Total Package

While it’s only been a couple of weeks since Automation & Controls from GE was introduced to the world , customers have already expressed excitement about what the new GE-Alstom alliance will mean for them. Alstom’s Power Automation & Controls and GE are a very complementary fit. They are the yin to our yang. The fish to our chips. The Simon to our Garfunkel. You get the picture. Together, we offer customers the total package in...

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Upgrades

Upgrade Your Systems, Get Competitive, Get Profitable

We love the latest tech toys and features. New phones, new software, new technology—when it comes out, we just have to have it now. We like upgrading our personal technology, but why not our work environment? Admit it. You’ve got the same control platform you’ve had since 1995, but you have the latest smartphone in your pocket. This is common among many control customers I have met and I’ve heard them repeat this tired old adage when it comes to...

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OS Updates

A First Impression That Doesn't Break the Bank

It’s that time of year and great deals on all kinds of fun toys are popping up left and right. Many major retailers are counting on a shiny first impression to land sales. But many consumers will soon learn the hard way that they have opened a Pandora’s Box of expensive add-ons and replacements. For example, a friend just shelled out big bucks for the latest and greatest gaming system, only to realize this one purchase was going to turn into a...

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Glass Ashtray

What's the Benefit?

As I mentioned in my previous column, being able to articulate the benefits of what you’re selling is one of the keys to the whole process—but "benefits" are widely misunderstood. A memorable exercise at sales training school was that groups of us were given glass ashtrays (remember ashtrays? Back when people used to smoke?). Our instructor told us to write lists of its features, their functions—and the benefits of those functions. What was—and...

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Military planes

Embedded Security and Open Systems Interoperability: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

Much of our business comes from the military and aerospace market, where the adoption of open systems architecture in DoD programs continues to evolve. Although not perfect, embedded computing products within the same industry standard business ecosystem will generally play together if attention is paid to interconnectivity. But just as the modular open systems architecture (MOSA) market gains steam, bringing with it more affordability and...

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