GE Digital Expands APM Coverage with Meridium

On September 14th, GE Digital announced it acquired asset performance management (APM) software leader, Meridium, Inc. According to the press release, “this acquisition will help GE Digital accelerate its comprehensive APM offering and provide a solution that unifies real-time analytics with reliability-centered maintenance best practices, delivering a complete APM solution”. For industry watchers, the announcement […]

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Why IIoT Network Edge Computing Differs from Distributed Industrial Automation

Industrial automation professionals are no strangers to distributed control and execution environments. Process automation engineers have long relied on Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) for control of numerous distinct process control loops, while Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the primary workhorses for discrete on/off control of numerous input/output devices in applications such as automated machinery.  Not […]

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CSX Transportation Improves Uptime with Lower Costs Using IIoT

Emerging technologies – especially IIoT and analytics – have opened an opportunity for near-zero unplanned downtime while improving asset longevity and costs.  Bill Larson, Director, Process Improvement, CSX Transportation, presented “On Track Work Equipment EAM Wireless Sensor – PM Integration” at the Forum by ARC Advisory Group earlier this year.  As a major railroad, CSX provides […]

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In Appreciation of the Handover Process

This analyst has a newfound appreciation of the handover process.  As the proud owner of a newly built condominium, I am overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork to digest! (See photo)  Every appliance and system came with a manual of sorts, right down to the kitchen faucet.  If my experience is indicative of the owner/operator experience when […]

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Moving Beyond the Process Historian: IT Platforms Consume OT Data Entirely

In the past, operating companies in the process industries viewed the separation of enterprise and plant floor systems as a challenging hurdle. Integrating ERP and real-time plant data has been expensive and difficult to maintain at best.  Often somewhat less-than-elegant middleware, ETL (extract, transform, and load) and other batch load mechanisms for data and data […]

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