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Services Oriented Drives Support IT/OT Convergence

In the last blog, we tackled issues like power quality and harmonics mitigation in motor drive systems. This time we deal with issues such as asset management and maintenance and… Read more »

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Possibilities Abound for Internet of Things Technology

We’ve been hearing lots of talk about the Internet of Things (IOT) for at least a couple of years now, but the actual IOT applications we’ve seen thus far are… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives Adapt to All Requirements and Specifications

In last month’s blog, we explained how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment, which encompases the convergence of IT and operational technology (OT), is a world first for Schneider…. Read more »

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4 Predictions for the Industrial Internet

The Industrial Internet Consortium is one of the world’s foremost industry organizations dedicated to accelerating the adoption and enablement of the Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”). Serving as its Chair,… Read more »

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3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… Read more »

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The Secret to Agile and Efficient Innovation

I am responsible for driving the research and development (R&D) agenda for a €27 billion global specialist in energy management and automation. My key challenge is to find the most… Read more »

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Services Oriented Drives host Connectivity from Factory Floor to Boardroom

This is the first in a series of blogs about Services Oriented Drives, the main purpose of which is to run a motor by controlling its speed where the performance… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… Read more »

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The Next Wave of IIoT-Related Business Improvements

It’s become quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of Industry. By now we’ve well and truly covered the point that IIoT is, in fact,… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things

Previously, I wrote about our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy, where we stand on the topic and how we are ensuring the value of what we are doing in… Read more »

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We Have the Tools to Fight Climate Change

Recently at Fortune’s Brainstorm E event in Austin, I was asked about the upcoming United Nations COP21 summit. Should businesses worry about it? Can we ignore it? My position on… Read more »

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Simplify Power Distribution While Improving Reliability: Go Modular

You’ve likely read lots of posts on this site about the benefits of modular, containerized data centers, including this popular  post on the topic by Neil Rasmussen.  I would like to take… Read more »

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Power Forward: The Next Age?

Since the devastating Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has struggled to develop a comprehensive energy policy that will satisfy the majority of its citizens. Some people advocate re-commissioning the country’s… Read more »

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Another Cruise Ship Catches Fire and Carnival Sees the Light on Backup Power

This week’s news of yet another cruise ship fire, with images of a blackened ship sitting in port, prompted me to revisit my post of a few months ago about… Read more »

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Cyber Security: The Cornerstone of IIoT Adoption

Over the past decade or more the need for cyber security in industrial automation and control systems has been accelerating at an ever increasing rate. Adoption of the benefits of… Read more »

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Bitcoin Miners Demonstrate the Need for a Proper UPS in Home Offices

Bloomberg Businessweek had an interesting story last month about the digital currency Bitcoin. It’s a fascinating look at the world of “alternative” currencies, which have no ties to any government… Read more »

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Innovation at Every Level

The way we currently manage energy is unsustainable. Three megatrends are provoking an important increase in energy demand: Urbanization, industrialization, and digitization. Today we still depend on unsustainable CO2-emitting fuels… Read more »

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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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The End of IT?

The IT industry has been the reigning superstar of the global economy for the last 40 years. The industry gave us 25-year old billionaires and “long-term” success stories like Microsoft,… Read more »

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Powering the New Energy World

Today’s energy world is facing widespread transformation. The electricity and Oil & Gas sectors are taking note. Traditional, centralized electric grid models are evolving to a world of distributed energy… Read more »

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Cruise Ship Lines Could Learn Lessons from Data Center Operators

A few days ago a colleague emailed me a photo taken on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship, the one that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for about… Read more »

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Peru and its membership to the “2020 – Seven growth markets” club

A recent study published by the consulting firm A.T. Kearney, point out that the next wave of growth will come from what they call the “2020 – Seven growth markets”,… Read more »

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The transformation of today’s power industry: seizing the opportunities

There is no question that today’s power market is facing big shifts. Energy-related megatrends, technological advancements, and market disruptions are pushing this transformation. The growing need for energy — driven… Read more »

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The Future of IoT: Our 5 Predictions

In my previous blog post, I discussed how IoT describes a world in which more and more devices are sensor-enabled, connected, and able to share information about their current state… Read more »

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The Future of Industrial Software

In my previous blog I spoke about the evolution of industrial operations and how advances in software for the purpose of industrial automation, information management and operations management is the… Read more »

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The Next Age: The 20,000 Ft. View from the Schneider Influencer Summit

In today’s world, it’s easy to focus on the immediate challenges we see before us. Troubles in the Middle East. Tensions rising in Eastern Europe. Viruses we thought we had… Read more »

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Power Forward: The Next Age?

Since the devastating Fukushima disaster of 2011, Japan has struggled to develop a comprehensive energy policy that will satisfy the majority of its citizens. Some people advocate re-commissioning the country’s… Read more »

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How IIoT is Pioneering the Future of Intuitive Industries

Intuitive industries are here. Increased digitization calls on adapted control. Digitization leads to connectivity, which enables two-way energy and information flow. This enables the emergence of an even more efficient… Read more »

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How to Get Your Factory Floor Innovation Idea Approved (and Funded) by Your CEO

Plant managers often struggle to convince CEOs across the industry to fund innovation projects. Most struggle to connect their proposal to business value. Other C-Level executives I talk to also… Read more »

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