Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industry

Introducing GE's Automation & Controls Solution Platform

This is a very exciting time for GE as we introduce our Automation & Controls solutions to the world. Automation & Controls combines what was formerly known as GE’s Intelligent Platforms and Alstom’s Power Automation & Controls. With Alstom’s 40 years of domain expertise paired with GE’s rich legacy of technology leadership, we deliver a “dream-team” of some of the best minds in automation and controls. So what exactly do we do? We...

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Transitioning from Reactive Maintenance to Proactive Maintenance

So you’re ready to introduce remote monitoring to your operations. But here’s the catch: Installing new technology or deploying a few algorithms just isn’t enough to realize the full potential of remote monitoring for your assets. Your maintenance operations need a total mindset shift—and to make that happen, says Todd Stiefler, it helps to have an expert on your side. Watch the video to learn more.

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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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How Do You Avoid Monitoring Headaches? KISS...

OK, so: you’re sold. You’ve got vehicle health monitoring systems widely deployed , because you know all about the significant advantages of predictive maintenance . But that’s not without its headaches, is it? Do you sometimes think that a single, unified monitoring approach might make life a whole lot easier? Todd Stiefler thinks it can. Watch the video to learn more.

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How Software Makes Optimization Happen

Every good leader wants to optimize their operations, yet only a few are early adopters of the latest technologies. Software is an enabler that not only helps organizations connect and monitor their equipment but allows them to analyze, predict and optimize. So how do you get more people to adopt this software and utilize the full power of technology? Stephen Schlegel of the OpX Leadership Network speaks on the power of workforce engagement and...

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AUSA 2015 Day 3: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward

So: what have we learned over the past couple of days (other than that the rainfall in our conference room wasn’t actually from the air conditioning, but from melting ice left over from a party in the room above us)? SWaP It’s always good to get confirmation that we’re on the right track with our product development, and AUSA has unquestionably done that for us when it comes to size, weight and power. Everybody—but everybody—we’ve spoken to has...

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AUSA Day 2

AUSA 2015 Day 2: Don't Rain on Our Parade

You know, you can plan for months and months for a show—and that's exactly what we did for our participation at AUSA —but there are things you just can't plan for. Like the weather, for example. Don't get me wrong: outside, it's beautiful. It's inside where we have a problem. Yep: it rained in our conference room. You heard me right. I have no idea how big the exhibition space here is—it may run to hundreds of thousands of square feet—but the...

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Envision the Hybrid Cloud for Automation

The idea of the hybrid cloud is coming to the automation HMI SCADA space. Matt Wells shares his insights on how to think about it as a dual architecture, where you have mission-critical systems remain on premises and then you have others such as decision support and optimization functions move to the cloud. Could such a model optimize your business? Watch the video to learn more.

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AUSA Day 1

AUSA 2015 Day 1: A Warm Welcome

Well, I finally get to catch my breath and a chance to update you on how it’s going here at AUSA. Set-up yesterday went really well: it’s always a sign of success when you only need to make one trip to Radio Shack. Today, the GE team never got a moment’s rest from the moment the doors opened. The show may have officially closed an hour ago—but that doesn’t mean everyone leaves the booth. It was Columbus Day, of course, and you might have thought...

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AUSA Annual Meeting

AUSA 2015: Ready, Steady, Go

Here we are again. Less than a week to go before our biggest event of the year: the Association of the U.S. Army Annual meeting and symposium . It’s a really big deal. Those of you who are regular readers may recall from last year’s posts on the AUSA show that it attracts thousands of attendees, from military personnel of all stripes (from 4-stars to “slicks” ). Military contractors abound and show off their latest technologies and products. The...

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Advice for Small Manufacturers on How to "Get Connected"

To avoid disrupting existing production, start small by connecting with one machine—versus the entire plant. As Rich Carpenter explains, you can understand the utilization of your equipment over time, and once you gain confidence in the value from one or two machines, then move to the next machine, then subsequently the whole area, the entire plant, and the next plant. Watch the video to learn more.

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Going Forward

Going Forward

You’ve almost certainly heard by now that Veritas Capital is to acquire GE’s embedded computing business—and you’ve almost certainly wondered why we haven’t addressed that particular elephant in the room on the Connected Battlefield. There are two reasons for that. First: the fat lady hasn’t yet sung. While we have every expectation that the acquisition will complete, until such time as it does, we are still part of GE. And the second? The...

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Avionics

MIL-STD-1553: Don't Take It for Granted

MIL-STD-1553 is a very tried and true, well known, serial interface for the space and aviation industry that was originally developed for critical avionics interfaces that were required to solve the problem of connecting the many sensors and controls around an aircraft and relaying information between them and the crew. Key requirements are that information is transmitted reliably and in a timely manner. Specifically, the protocol needs to be...

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GUI

Don't Reinvent the GUI Wheel

When I first saw a demo of our new Data Visualization & Control (DVC) Toolkit I thought: “Boy, do I wish I had this back when I was a coding hack.” More years ago than I care to think about, and certainly more than I’m willing to admit, I frequently came across the problem of validating my latest algorithm on real data. Like many others, my usual answer was to add software test harnesses to read in data from a disk file to simulate the input...

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