Collaboration is the Game Changer

Companies are at different points on the digital trajectory; some are beginning their journey, some are implementing changes in a phased manner, while a few early adopters are already seeing quantifiable benefits. But one thing’s for sure: digitalization is dramatically altering the way businesses are transacted globally.  Consider the example that really grabbed my attention […]

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Mitigating the Rail Disruptions caused by Natural Disasters

Rail transportation is often considered a critical infrastructure since a disruption in one of its components can have a significant impact on the economic and social welfare of a region. An effective way to assess how critical an infrastructure is would be to consider the impacts its removal would have on the flows and activities […]

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Siemens Plots Course for the Digital Twin and Mindsphere at 2017 Analyst Event

Overview Siemens PLM held their annual analyst event for 2017 the first week in September. As far as analyst events go, this was one of their better ones, particularly in terms of content, technology, and strategic direction. The clear theme of this event was the Digital Twin, and how Siemens is implementing this concept into […]

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Drinktec 2017: The IIoT Disconnect

After years of discussion and debate about the merits of concepts like IIoT and Industrie 4.0, in the last two years our industry has witnessed the move from theory to practice. Automation suppliers now offer everything from gateways that IIoT-enable legacy devices, to full-blown IIoT platforms that provide the underpinnings for hardware and software connectivity. […]

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Choose the Right Level of Predictive Maintenance

The terms Predictive Maintenance and IoT have been intertwined and used significantly over the last several years has caused the true meaning of prediction in this context to be difficult to ascertain.  These variations or differences in what a Predictive Maintenance program is and how it is actually construed has caused Manufacturers and distributors to […]

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