Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industry

Another Way to Beat the Bad Guys: 3 Steps to Perfect Patching

Have you been putting off software patches? Don’t procrastinate! Software companies develop and release patches because they are important to the user community and the health of your systems. In our continuing series on Minimizing HMI/SCADA Risk , here are some nuggets from our upcoming webinar . According to GE’s experts on security, you can ease patching by planning for it carefully. Organizing your planning into three steps can help. Step 1...

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What Is a Data Lake, and How Does This Work with Big Data, and Where Is My Burger?

Ok, believe me these three items are connected, and here is why: Last week, I was in one of our training classes in Crotonville, New York, and was lucky enough to talk with folks from our GE Software Center of Excellence. Now, I get the Big Data principle that’s all about being able to collate and archive inputs from multiple sources to get a big picture, and then apply smart analytics to it. That way you get smarter about how different inputs...

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Bass Fishing and Catching Sub-optimal Performance

A few years ago I decided I wanted to become a Professional Fishermen. Now it’s not at all like you might think. I didn’t have this burning desire to wear a yellow raincoat and head out to the ocean in search of whatever fish make up a fish stick. Or this romantic idea of going head-to-head with an epic whale. I was thinking I’d make a great Professional Bass Fisherman like on TV. Yep, the ones who toss in any lure and immediately return a big...

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Did You Reach Your 10-year Anniversary?

Reaching a 10-year anniversary is a bigger deal today than it used to be. After all, change comes faster and faster, which makes 10 years feel like a longer amount of time. This year, GE is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Proficy platform —our integrated, cross-application foundation. So, what have we seen over the last 10 years? (Click image to enlarge.) And, don’t forget that with great capabilities come great responsibilities. As...

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Touching on Multi-touch

I’m frequently on the floor with customers to get a real-world understanding of the types of challenges that can be overcome through operator interface technology. Just recently, I had an opportunity to speak with the engineering manager at a semiconductor OEM. He told me that when he trains users on the operator interface panel his company supplies, most operators inevitably swipe their finger across the screen. When nothing happens, they shrug...

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Listening While Talking…Of Course That’s Possible!

While my wife might disagree, I believe you can effectively listen while talking. Like her, you’re all saying, “Yeah, right.” And I get that. However, before you dismiss me completely, I’d like to give a little background into why I believe this oh-so-obvious paradox. Those of you who read my blog bio (both of you), saw I claimed to ascribe to Diogenes saying, “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.” A pretty...

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Why Rely on Experts to Centrally Monitor Your Equipment and/or Processes?

The benefits of having experts monitor your equipment and/or processes from a central location are many, including the ability to leverage lessons learned from other assets being monitored and apply the best use of analytics technology. Plus, it’s less resource intensive without the need to hire in-house experts, and you get overall higher effectivene Want to learn more? Watch the video.

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Prepare Your Automation Control Systems for the Industrial Internet—Part Two: Getting Connected

In my last blog , we discussed how if you are not already executing plans to get your automation systems Industrial Internet ready, then you’re already behind. We covered installing a redundant controller not just as a backup device but as a validation tool for software and firmware updates pushed to your system. This month, I am covering some of the options used for automation control systems today as secure interfaces to the Industrial...

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A Big Data-Driven Disney

On the morning of July 27, 2014, I took one last deep breath before backing the car out of my driveway to embark on a family road trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. My kids, Bryce (6) and Bailey (3), were excited beyond belief; however, it wasn’t until that moment in the driveway that I actually processed what was getting ready to transpire! In addition to hearing “are we there yet” every 10 minutes for the next 7.5 hours, there...

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How Can OEMs Differentiate Themselves?

The OEM business has become hyper-competitive, and everyone’s looking for an opportunity to differentiate their offerings and capabilities from their peers. And it’s not just about providing machines. For example, OEMs are leveraging technology like remote monitoring and diagnostics to proactively provide their customers with real-time information to help maximize uptime. Technology is a means of differentiation in today’s OEM world. Watch the...

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A Strategy for No Unplanned Downtime

In industries like oil and gas, where there are very expensive mission-critical assets on an offshore platform, unplanned downtime is a huge risk. By leveraging technology and the power of the Industrial Internet to collect, transmit and analyze the data, you can predict when assets may fail well in advance—saving millions of dollars and mitigating risk. These same principles apply beyond oil and gas, whereby having a strategy and technology in...

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The "Major Prize" of Measurement

I had the honor of being a presenter at a “digital conference” two weeks ago. You know, the type of conference where everyone talks in hashtags and technology stacks. I had been asked to speak about how Our Water Counts had grown so rapidly into the top non-charity water feed on Twitter. What I didn’t expect was that the group would be voting on the top speakers. Even more unexpected was that I won a “major prize.” I was so excited. I think of...

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The Industrial Internet: How Do I Get Started?

There’s universal agreement that the Industrial Internet is real. But the challenge often lies in getting started. According to Jim Walsh, it’s about getting a foundation in place relative to your strategy. And it begins with the ability to access data, manage it, and then do something valuable with it. Watch the video to learn more.

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When Data Scientists Become First Round Draft Picks

I'm from Ohio. A place where the Wright Brothers invented air travel, hometown to Olympic great Jesse Owens and a pretty well-known inventor by the name of Thomas Edison, and my kids' all-time favorite… the birthplace of the hotdog! Now maybe it's my Ohio roots that have made me a sports and technology junky, but these two sectors have been on a crash course for some time, and I believe that this year's World Cup may serve as the tipping point...

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3 Steps to Maximize Your HMI / SCADA

This past weekend, I was painting my house. I love doing the second coat – compared to the first coat, it is much easier and quicker to apply, uses less paint, and is what makes everything look fantastic. The foundation is in place, and the easy second coat makes it sizzle. Your HMI/SCADA system is the same way. When I see ads for the “New SCADA,” I have to laugh. You don’t need a New SCADA. HMI/SCADA has been around for decades, and you have a...

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