Operational Technology Viewpoints

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

May
22
2018
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Autonomous Robot Trial by Total is World’s First

Some recent articles were highlighting some exciting new developments related to an autonomous robot being developed for use in oil & gas market. This revolutionary project which will see the world’s first autonomous robot working on an oil rig has been unveiled.
May
17
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

Walmart Acquires Flipkart - Impact on the India Growth Story

For the last few days the headlines are screaming "Walmart Acquires Flipkart". And the debate about how it will impact the India growth story is ongoing. Flipkart - India's first billion-dollar ecommerce company, sells 8 million products across 80+ categories and has 100 million registered users. Walmart had entered India in 2009 through a joint venture with Bharti Enterprises and later took full control of that venture in 2013. It currently operates about 21 wholesale stores in the country that serve small businesses. This time around, Walmart has changed its strategy and route to enter the India market.
May
15
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Drilling Optimization Poised to Grow Through Automation

Oilfield drilling optimization systems market will experience a more robust growth as it continues to hold its appeal for users, particularly in the form of improved efficiency and performance that can lower overall operational costs, and improve profitability.  After the global oil & gas mar

May
10
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

The ‘Battle for the Industrial Edge’ Unfolds

At last week’s OTC 2018 conference, I stopped at the Phoenix Contact booth for an update on its offerings. It has introduced some interesting products around industrial networking, connectivity, and electrical protection. What caught my attention, however, was the PLCnext controller, which is its ‘open’ PLC product line for the industrial edge.
May
08
2018
Paul Miller — Industry Trends

Renewable Energy and the Smart City of the Future

Clearly, increased use of renewable energy will be a prerequisite for future sustainability, which is a core objective for smart cities. With this thought in mind, something recently caught my attention in an article in the Ideas section of the Boston Sunday Globe newspaper. The article, entitled “Boston vs. the Rising Tide,” discussed how, back in colonial days, the effects of ocean tide were once extremely apparent in this city by the sea. And based on the tidal-influenced flooding of downtown during a particularly severe storm this past winter – tides are becoming increasingly apparent once again. This is due in part to the gradually rising sea levels and severe weather patterns we’ve been experiencing courtesy of global warming.
May
03
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Technology Trends

NDTV Tech Conclave 2018: Panel Discussions on AI and Social Media

Technology’s tentacles have encroached every aspect of our lives. Sitting in the comfort of your home you can tune in to live discussions and gain new understanding about technologies that are reshaping our world view. NDTV Tech Conclave 2018 saw a congregation of leading minds in the technology, mobile, and digital industries. The conclave aimed to showcase and create opportunities by bringing together many of the top entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise leaders, academics, and policymakers from around the world.
May
01
2018
Craig Resnick — Industry Trends

Leverage the Edge to Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

ARC Advisory Group has been steadily expanding our research into edge devices, one of the hottest topics in industry today. We’re particularly interested in learning how end users in the discrete and process industries are connecting to and leveraging “the edge” to prevent unscheduled downtime and improve operations. Edge computing enables end users to get the required device data in real-time or near real-time to help make better decisions and maybe even provide control for certain processes. For this to work, it means that the edge device, its embedded software, edge servers, the gateways and cloud infrastructure must all be up and running correctly 24/7 to prevent unscheduled downtime.
Apr
26
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

New Approaches for Automating Landfill Gas to Energy Operations

Landfill gases (LFG), a natural by-product of the decomposition of organic material in landfills, is composed of roughly 50 percent methane, 50 percent carbon dioxide, and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds. Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas and municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US, accounting for more than 15 percent of these emissions in 2015. This blog will focus on landfill gas to energy operations and the benefits of automation therein.
Apr
24
2018
Dick Hill — Industry Trends

Creating a Strategic IT-OT Investment Plan

Creating a Strategic IT-OT investment plan is essential for all manufacturing organizations. With all the opportunities to fund projects, which ones are the most important can only be understood, if considered as part of an overall corporate investment strategy. Too often, IT and OT investments are considered separately. While IT investments may have higher visibility across the enterprise, OT investments can also have a significant impact on the business.
Apr
20
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Industry Trends

TECHgium 2018: Bridging the Industry-Academia Schism

TECHgium is an educational initiative for young engineers that results in proof of concepts in machine learning, video analytics, smart tools, augmented reality, IoT platforms, and other exciting areas. This is a unique initiative to share end user challenges and pain points with students and ask them to come up with innovative solutions. The aim is to provide engineering students with relevant exposure to the challenges and practical insights for Industrie 4.0. TECHgium will create an ecosystem that bridges the industry-academia divide by providing the participants with an opportunity to work on technologies of tomorrow, enhance their career prospects, and simultaneously augment LTTS’ solution development team.
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