Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industryDD

Prepare Your Automation Systems for the Industrial Internet

If you’re still of the train of thought that automation systems will stay as they have been in the past—with control systems isolated from the outside world and not touched for 10 years—think again, because that world is going away very quickly. One thing is certain: if you’re not making plans to have your automation systems Industrial Internet ready, you had better start now. Because if you don’t, you will get left behind. One of the big...

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The Role of Technology in Simplification

The companies that will thrive in today’s market, which has become increasingly dynamic, more competitive, and much faster, will be those who can stop waste and de-clutter. Oftentimes, complexity is born from variability. Hence, digitization plays a key role in simplification—allowing you to streamline how you execute and also ensure that variability is taken out of the process. Watch the video to learn more.

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Bringing the Industrial Internet to Life

GE has many customers who have successfully implemented the Industrial Internet. They’re typically companies with high-value assets and a very strong desire for no unplanned downtime, and they’re often in remote locations. Hear how these companies are collecting and managing their data and running analytics against it to protect their assets—in some cases, worth up to $200 million—to ensure no downtime. Watch the video to hear how companies are...

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User Conferences: What’s In It For Me?

Attending a user conference can provide important value, including the opportunity to understand your partner’s strategy, the ability to establish relationships for problem solving and collaboration, and the ability to learn from peers through best practice sharing and more. In the end, you can take these learnings to be more effective in your role at your company. Watch the video to hear how a user conference may benefit you. Register for the...

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Translating the Customer Experience for Industry

When it comes to customer experience, Jim Walsh believes the industrial world has made it too complicated. The wining companies will be those that can take what they value in terms of service in their personal lives—such as quick response and knowledgeable people to help solve problems—and translate those into their business operations. Watch the video to hear Jim’s take on improving the customer experience.

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Attend a User Summit…Really? Yes! It May Be Your Most Important Investment This Year

OK, so your travel budget has been slashed, your project schedules are tight, you haven’t hired yet for the colleague who moved on, and you’re wearing multiple hats. No time to attend a user summit? Make the time. You’ll be glad you did. With so much pressure to shorten project time to value, user summits are a smart investment of your time. They provide a great opportunity to learn from and dialogue with other product users and the product...

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5 Simple Steps for an Effective Manufacturing IT Program—Part 1

Almost all customers I work with have a project methodology that they follow for implementing large-scale IT projects. This is normally a waterfall-based approach, possibly sprinkled with agile aspects during the build phase. Supporting this, some customers have a change acceleration program that can inject much-needed culture shifts at the right phases. What I often find missing is an approach to tie both together, ensuring the plants know what...

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Making The Industrial Internet Real

I stole this blog spot today. Our blogs usually discuss ideas and thoughts about innovation, trends and ideas to help our readers navigate today’s tough competitive realities. But today, I wanted to share with you some exciting news about a future presentation that will help you better understand the Industrial Internet, its promise of productivity and efficiency gains, and ways you can leapfrog others by capitalizing on its potential. Jeff...

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Do You Check Expiration Dates?

This week, my family just finished a bottle of barbecue sauce – that had expired two years ago! A friend had given us the bottle in April, and I didn’t notice the expiration until we had already finished the bottle. Ironically, I had put the bottle upside down, so we could get all of the remaining sauce and was just turning it back upright, when I noticed the long-ago expiration. Yuck! Amazingly, we were all fine. There’s probably so much salt...

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User Experience Is The Pivotal Point Where People And Machines Connect

One thing I think we can all relate to is how our own daily experiences of connecting with technology can be really enjoyable or frustrating as heck. My good lady wife dislikes technology with a passion and hates having to browse on the internet on the home computer, but she loves doing it on her tablet and will not have a word said against it. My son hated the UI experience on the phone he had, but we got him an upgrade to a different brand,...

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An Entire Career Spent Underground

In the early 1800s, the underground coal extraction process was very primitive and laborers were often subjected to extremely dangerous working conditions. The public became aware of this phenomenon in 1838 after a freak accident took the lives of 26 children working in an undergound coal mine. In response to this tragedy, the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the Mines Act of 1842 , which prohibited women and boys under 10 years of age...

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Well Done Is Better Than Well Said

The risk of marketing is that it is all talk and no action. Customers who connect with us look to us to not only share the journey, but also help them get there. They expect what I call a high “say/do ratio.” If you recently received an email from us or visited our website you were introduced to the Industrial Internet. By powering solutions that connect machines, data and insights, and people, the Industrial Internet can dramatically improve...

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OEMs Need to Monitor their Babies

To the average consumer, IOT (Internet of Things) may feel like a distant concept. Phrases like “cloud” and “IOT” likely form images of a data center full of computer servers humming away with engineers in lab coats milling about. Reality is much closer to home, and many of us are already part of a connected world living inside the “cloud.” We all want to monitor our things… all the time The desire to monitor things that are important to us is...

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Hey OEMs: How’s your marriage?

One of our engineers recently spent the day with friends celebrating the launch of their SaaS-based MySQL monitoring and analysis company, VividCortex . One of the secrets to the success of this company’s launch was developing a mantra describing what they're all about: "We save marriages" Sounds a little corny at first, but it's totally working for them. Venture capital firms laugh, customers laugh, and new hires laugh…but they get it! Here’s...

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Regarding HMI/SCADA Risk

We’ve all heard that continuing to use Windows XP® can put your industrial systems at risk. But, what else is important? Here are 10 questions to ask yourself regarding HMI/SCADA systems and risk. The questions are not in any particular order, and there are many more questions that we could include. So, let’s use these to start the discussion … Are you running your application with non-default / non-Administrator accounts with low privileges?...

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