Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industry

OEMs: It's Time to Change the Game with Equipment Data

OEMs have a significant opportunity to provide more value for their customers through the use of equipment data. Steve Pavlosky shares how OEMs can gain a real advantage with data to understand how their customers are using assets and to identify impending issues. When OEMs can be proactive based on live monitoring of asset usage, they can provide customers with better and faster service. Watch the video to learn more.

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Big Data: The Roadmap to Better Roadways (and Much More)

From 2009 to 2012, I worked for arguably one of the most important organizations to the global economy. This organization oversees the development and management of trillions of dollars’ worth of assets that, at a minimum, significantly impact every person and company in the United States. Now, companies like ExxonMobil or Microsoft may be coming to mind; however, the organization I’m referring to is not a household name. It exists in the...

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A Look into the Future of HMI/SCADA

If you’re interested in how HMI/SCADA evolves over time, hear Rich Carpenter discuss the areas he believes will make an impact, including security, mobility and interoperability. He shares key insights on how these features and new technologies will shape the user experience in the HMI/SCADA world. Watch the video to learn more.

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You're Wearing That?!

Engineers get a bad rap for what they wear. It is so unfair. The truth is engineers are the coolest dressers around. With wearable technology, how could they not be? And one of the latest accessories soon to hit the plant floor is Google Glass™. At our recent User Summit , Dave Collard was not only one of the best dressed in his Google Glass but also one of the most popular. Dave, our product manager for Proficy Workflow , showcased how you can...

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"Multi-touch Navigation, So What?!"

That was my somewhat negative response to the product team when they announced this capability was available on our QuickPanel+ . What we’re talking about here is the same technique you use today on commercial tablets, where you can pinch and zoom and swipe across screens. Yes, I can see it being easier for someone using a tablet to be familiar with our operator interface navigation, but I did not see it as a big deal for an automation operator...

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What Is Data Science Anyway?

It’s an emerging field driven by so much data but little information that comes out of it. There’s now a group of people who study the data itself to interpret it, find patterns in the data, and watch for early warning signs of events that may cause problems in the future to encapsulate it. Hear Rich Carpenter discuss the essence of data science and how it’s enabling mass volumes of data to become useful. Watch the video to learn more.

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2014 User Summit: Inspiration from the Sidelines

I just returned from our User Summit . The agenda was dense with wonderful examples of the Industrial Internet making a real difference, across the widest range of applications: Delta Airlines is now doing maintenance on “their terms” rather than in response to unplanned machinery downtime. The City of Cincinnati is increasing reliability in its water and wastewater systems while reducing taxpayer costs and being more responsible toward...

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2014 User Summit: A Look Back and a Leap Forward

This week's GE Intelligent Platforms User Summit was a like a homecoming for me, since Orlando is the starting point for my Industrial Internet journey. I am what some might call an early adopter of the technology. So much, in fact, that I think it would be easy for me to become the President of the Moore's Law fan club, if only one existed. It would be so cool if one existed. Sadly, I haven't been able to find it. But, even I never realized...

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User Summit Day 3: Are Cows a New Source of Data?

When I arrived in Orlando, Florida, three days ago for the GE Intelligent Platforms User Summit , I was well prepared to hear customer testimonials from industries such as oil & gas, aviation and power generation. But it never crossed my mind that the most fascinating story (for me, at least) would come from the livestock industry. When Stuart Fisher from Zoetis took the stage and began describing how his organization was utilizing a GE big...

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User Summit Day 2: Re-thinking What's Possible

What a great day at the User Summit, seeing colleagues and partners from around the world actively interested in where our industry is going. The energy, interest, and especially excitement in the air makes it clear that we are at the early stage of profound changes to the way we think about automation systems—both in terms of how you put them together, and more importantly, what you can do with them. This is driven by the Industrial Internet...

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User Summit Day 1: The People Part of the Equation

I can still taste it…a Portuguese dish that my grandmother used to make when I was a kid. It was incredible … and it was a dish that I never tasted the same way again after she passed. That was despite both my mom and my aunt having the exact recipe written out in copious detail. Don't get me wrong, the recipes created a perfectly tasty meal that closely resembled those that my Mom's mom made… but it never quite fully captured the overall...

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Nobody Goes to a User Summit in the Digital Age!

Well, as I pack my bag to travel to Orlando—along with over 600 other people—apparently not! Just to be clear, not all 600 people are packing their bags with me; I would need a bigger bedroom. 600+ people are traveling to the same summit as me this week. Last time GE's Intelligent Platforms business had a User’s Summit was in 2007, before the financial crisis hit, and we all painfully realized the hard link between the stock market and our 401(k...

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OEMs and Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics: The Cost of Doing Nothing

Every decision, both large and small, impacts your bottom line. Which markets to enter, which customers to target, which components to include in equipment—all have financial consequences. Even choosing not to do something has a cost, albeit often a hidden one. As an OEM , this is true of your decision whether or not to capture and analyze machine data using remote monitoring and diagnostics. Data is the new currency of a new economy. Leaving...

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5 Simple Steps for an Effective Manufacturing IT Program — Part 2

In my last post , I talked about the importance of an approach to tie both your project methodology and change acceleration together in a manufacturing IT program. This allows the plants to know what is coming and how to prepare, and that sets value milestones that the program team can aim for. I argued that some lean thinking could be applied to address this and help tie together project methodology, change management, data readiness, ROI, and...

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Does Membership Have Its Privileges?

While on a recent business trip, I had the misfortune of suffering through a deliberately designed customer experience gone awry. Let me describe the situation. As I step off the plane in Boston, I’m excited that my early morning flight arrives on time. Having decided to fly out Monday morning rather than Sunday evening, my schedule is pretty tight to get from airport to office for my first in-person meeting of the day. So far, I’m on time and...

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