Operational Technology Viewpoints

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

Apr
09
2019
Michael Guilfoyle — Industry Trends

Why Fail Fast Doesn’t Align with Digital-first Industrial Work Culture

The phrase “fail fast” is increasingly finding its way into conversations about industrial digital transformation and Industry 4.0.  The implication seems to be that fail-first is a necessary component of a digital-first industrial work culture.
Apr
05
2019
Ed O'Brien — Technology Trends

EAM Wearables Enhance Capabilities of Shop Floor Maintenance Workers

As today’s industrial maintenance organizations are becoming more sophisticated and operating under more stringent service-level agreements and expectations, their maintenance teams continue on a quest to be more efficient and effective.  To this point, awareness and interest in EAM wearables are building.
Apr
05
2019
Guest Blogger: Marcia Elaine Walker — Acquisition or Partnership

Waiting for the Harvest Helps Realize the Bounty of IoT and AI

“The harvest” explained the engineer.  “It’s our busiest time of year.  Everyone is buried dealing with glitches in the ERP system when deploying spare parts or doing root-cause analysis on warranty claims. No one in IT will agree to system testing during the harvest.”
Apr
03
2019
Ralph Rio — Industry Trends

Digital Transformation and Servitization for OEMs

Servitization allows OEMs to provide proactive support to prevent production disruptions at their customers.  Owner/operators should add servitization for OEMs to their selection criteria.
Apr
03
2019
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Yokogawa Helping Air Liquide Achieve Digital Transformation of Process Control

Arnold “Marty” Martin is Director, Process Control Technology at Air Liquide USA.  As we learned during his presentation at ARC’s February 2019 Forum in Orlando, Florida, his company has been hard at work moving with its customer-centric, “NEOS 2016–2020” initiative. Fundamentally, it is a digital transformation of process control (Industry 4.0) initiative.
Mar
28
2019
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

Digital Transformation for Chemicals Slowly Progressing

I recently attended the second day of the Best Practices for Chemicals conference earlier this month in Houston, Texas.  Much of the messaging focused on digital transformation for chemicals and its benefits.
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