Containers, Open Automation, and Dick Morley

Tuesday night I spoke to a lively group from the ISA Boston Section on the topic of Open Process Automation. I had fun, and hope everyone else did, too. The most important point I wanted to make was this: Pretty soon it’s possible that the automation and IIoT edge worlds may have a common runtime […]

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Business 4.0 with Industrial IoT

A recent analyst event given by Tata Consultancy Services’ (TCS evolved Industry 4.0 into a broader Business 4.0 theme.It included many of the technologies underpinning Industry 4.0, and extended this beyond the manufacturing portion of an industrial enterprise.Here, optimization and digital transformation goes from the plant floor into other aspects of the business. The key […]

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Creating Enterprise Architectures That Are Modern and Open in the IIoT Age – Part Two

Part One, which was published in Industrial IoT/Industrie 4.0 Viewpoints on Thursday, October 12th, addressed considering the whole enterprise and using open standards.  Part Two will address “Why Open Architectures”, “Technology Migration and Integration”, and conclude with “Centralized System Administration Needed”.  The concept of an open enterprise architecture that links plant floor operations with business operations across an […]

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IIoT for Smart Manufacturing part 3 – A New Digitalization Architecture

Clearly, to enable IIoT in the manufacturing environment and to facilitate the building of digital thread and digital twin, we need some systematic solution: a consistent framework to collect, manage and analyze data from the products, machines and processes and distribute the insights from the analytics instantly to the process applications so they can respond […]

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Virtual Reality Powered Robot Tele-Operation

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently released a presentation detailing their work on a virtual reality (VR) system for robot tele-operation.  The team, funded in part by Boeing, used an Oculus Rift headset to monitor and control a Baxter robot from Rethink Robotics. There are two fundamental methods of VR […]

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