Industrial Software

Industry 4.0: Three Trends Impacting Upstream Producers

As of June 1st, 2017, the current price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $48.36USD a barrel. This is the world that the Oil & Gas industry appears to… Read more »

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Value Realized by Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations

Have you ever thought about how gasoline gets from the well to the pump? We often fill up our cars without considering what it takes to do so. To get… Read more »

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Drive Operational Excellence with Digital Transformation

Food and beverage manufacturers today face pressure from shrinking margins, shifting consumer demand and increasing regulatory burdens. In search of solutions to these issues, I’ve heard increasing interest around Smart… Read more »

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What You Need to Know About Data Integrity

Over the past year, I’ve noticed a growing concern over data integrity in my conversations with life sciences executives. From 2010 to 2012 the FDA cited just five drug manufacturers… Read more »

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Optimization in Action

In today’s environment, Mining, Minerals, and Metals (MMM) plant managers continuously face new challenges and requirements, including the need for: Higher energy efficiency Increased run lengths Reduced product quality variability… Read more »

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What is your Operator Training Strategy?

No matter your vocation, we all recognize the need for training. Today’s economic and demographic indicators predict a growing training need, to the tune of five million new employees each… Read more »

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From Natural Gas to Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap and Why You Should Care Where It Comes From The other night I was getting steak out of the fridge to season and grill when my daughter asked… Read more »

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Preparing Buildings for Power Distribution’s New Paradigm

Hannover Messe 2017 was a huge success. There, we launched our digital architecture for energy management in buildings: EcoStruxure™ Power. EcoStruxure is designed to help contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders,… Read more »

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From Roller Coasters to Complete Enterprise Asset Management

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to take my kids to Florida to experience the wonder that is Disney World—with its numerous theme parks and roller coasters. In… Read more »

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Digitizing the Mobile Workforce

Gone are the days of flip phones and Palm Pilots. We’re on to bigger and better things. Automation, control, optimization. Today, we walk around with mini-computers in our back pocket…. Read more »

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Learn How Utilities Predict Asset Failure and Reduce Downtime

Technology triggers like the Industrial Internet of Things, big data analytics, mobility and workflow collaboration represent new opportunities for significant reliability, efficiency and safety improvements in the power industry. The… Read more »

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Process and Energy: A Match Made in Industrial Heaven?

If you are a Plant Manager or work in Facility Operations at an industrial plant, you have a challenging job. Electrical systems, building systems, safety systems, process systems… the list… Read more »

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Predictive Asset Analytics Software for Mining Operation Improvements

In any asset-intensive industry, organizations strive for optimal performance at all times. They want to limit downtime, control costs, and minimize safety and environmental risks while achieving maximum productivity. In… Read more »

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Improve Asset Reliability with Predictive Analytics at Power Utilities

It’s no secret that regulators and consumers are pressuring utilities to operate at the highest level of efficiency, reliability and safety. With the demand for electricity slowing, capital expenditures rising… Read more »

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Will 2015 be a breakthrough year for the Internet of Things?

Get ready: we’re about to see some big advances in what digitization delivers Digitization brings a lot. Data is growing exponentially. In fact, almost 90% of all the data in… Read more »

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Enterprise level opportunities for BPM software in manufacturing

The generic and flexible nature of a BPM solution makes it a good fit for almost any sector. The current business climate and global pressure to improve safety, compliance, quality, productivity and… Read more »

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KPI: Mean Cost To Repair (MCTR)

Maintenance is often considered a necessary cost that is almost impossible to control. If organizations operate in run-to-fail mode, it is important to keep high levels of spare parts inventory… Read more »

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Powering the Post COP21 World

At COP21 in Paris last year, 196 countries agreed to take action to limit the world’s average rise in temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” while… Read more »

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Simulation in the Cloud

In my two previous blog posts I talked about how allowing multiple users to access a simulation at the same time would change the paradigm for the entire engineering process… Read more »

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Increased efficiency from multiple user access to a single simulation

The typical paradigm within process simulation software is for only one person to have access to a given simulation at any one time. That paradigm is inherently limiting in that… 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 Digital Twin: Foundation for Fleet Socialization to Optimize Operations

The industry is buzzing right now about the “digital twin” – ARC, Gartner and LNS have all recognized the technology’s potential to transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. Applying the digital twin to… Read more »

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Preparing Buildings for Power Distribution’s New Paradigm

Hannover Messe 2017 was a huge success. There, we launched our digital architecture for energy management in buildings: EcoStruxure™ Power. EcoStruxure is designed to help contractors, consulting engineers, panel builders,… Read more »

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Process and Energy: A Match Made in Industrial Heaven?

If you are a Plant Manager or work in Facility Operations at an industrial plant, you have a challenging job. Electrical systems, building systems, safety systems, process systems… the list… Read more »

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From Mining to Mineufacturing

Digital disruption in mining is gaining momentum fueled by the intensifying zeal of industry leaders to adopt attested manufacturing philosophies like Lean Manufacturing, Just-in-time production and Total Productive Maintenance.  Led… Read more »

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Three Ways to Extract Value from IIoT in Food and Beverage

The food and beverage industry is building up an appetite for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Cloud, mobility, big data, predictive maintenance, Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0 are more… Read more »

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Nuclear Plants Can Boost Reliability with Predictive Maintenance

The rapid growth in electricity demand combined with movements to curtail emissions has created an opportunity for nuclear energy as a zero carbon emission energy source. However, in an industry… Read more »

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Maintenance Practices Enable Sustainability

People are thinking green. Companies that integrate sustainability into their products, services and operations are well-positioned to shine. No matter how sustainable a group of assets may have been in… Read more »

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IIoT, Mobility, Cloud, Enterprise APM – A Look Back at 2015 and What’s Coming

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud services, mobility, enterprise APM and remote monitoring are just some of the trending topics you’ve no doubt heard a lot about this year…. Read more »

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Increased Regulations at Refineries, at least in California

This summer, the state of California proposed changes to regulations aimed at improving safety at oil refineries. You can see the full release here. “Key features of the proposed regulations… Read more »

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