Author Archive for David Humphrey

OT Meets IT at the IoT Solutions World Congress

The worlds of IT and manufacturing have been converging for several years now, and nowhere was this trend more evident than at the IoT Solutions World Congress, held last week in Barcelona, Spain, and attended by ARC analysts. Co-sponsored by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the event took place for the third year and is […]

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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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How Automation Hardware is about to Evolve Dramatically

The Future is Software Hardware Modern automation systems are said to be all about software.  In fact, industrial software has made more developmental progress in the past 20 years than automation hardware.  “Modern” hardware platforms like S7 from Siemens or ControlLogix from Rockwell Automation were developed in the late 1990s and are still current products.  […]

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