Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Feb
07
2019
Ralph Rio — Industry Trends

Best Practices with Blockchain in Industry

Blockchain in industry provides clear business benefits. Examining 24 pilot programs found sweet spots with improved revenue and margins.
Feb
01
2019
Florian Güldner — Company and Product News

Delivering Business Outcomes with Industrial IOT

Business models are changing in the age of IIoT. Many industrial enterprises are moving from large capital expenditures toward a "pay-as-you-go" model; commonly referred to as equipment-as-a-service (EaaS), or in some cases “Servitization”.
Feb
01
2019
Ed O'Brien — Industry Trends

The Rise of Mobility in EAM  

The use of a wide variety of mobile devices can expand the reach of mobility in EAM systems.  In addition, handheld smart devices have grown in capability alongside EAM and field service systems with technologies like GPS, GIS, RFID, and embedded cameras. 
Jan
31
2019
Janice Abel — Industry Trends

Next GEN MES: Smart Factory of the Future is Now 

MES is the backbone for lower cost, higher quality and faster production for the Smart Factory of the future.  It is the future for newer more complex, innovative and more personalized products. 
Jan
29
2019
Guest Blogger: Alp Kucukelbir — Industry Trends

How to Select Machine Learning Models

Interpretable machine learning models provide insight into relationships between inputs and outputs. This enables them to not only produce predictions but also explain them.
Jan
25
2019
Valentijn de Leeuw — ARC Report Abstract

Information Modeling for the Process Industries

Data or information modeling enable information interoperability by specifying the content of specific information and where it is stored.  Models for asset information enable these types of data to be managed efficiently.
Jan
21
2019
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

When Is the Right Time to Consider Control System Migration?

End users must focus in on getting the most out of their installed assets from several viewpoints.  Any automation project today requires a compelling business case.  ARC has identified several scenarios where migration is required.  Like other capital assets, automation assets have a lifecycle.  At the end of that lifecycle, it becomes necessary to plan and execute a control system migration. 
Jan
21
2019
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

Device Level Cybersecurity at ARC Industry Forum Orlando

As part of our considerable coverage of cybersecurity at the ARC Industry Forum in Orlando this February, we will continue to discuss the importance of device level cybersecurity for manufacturing operations.  Unfortunately, today’s device-level networks and connected devices may have little in the way of protection from cyber-attack.  
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