Author Archive for Harry Forbes

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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Emerson Exchange and IIoT

Here are three IIoT and automation take-aways from last week’s Emerson Exchange 2017.  The event is always very content-rich. Besides cramming in as much content as possible, ARC took advantage of 1-on-1 time generously offered by Emerson Automation Solutions executives. It has been a year since the announcement of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, their branded […]

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Containers for Industrial Automation and IIoT

It’s human nature to compartmentalize and organize our thoughts into subjects, topics, disciplines, etc. In the abstract we realize (hopefully) that the divisions among these are our own creation and can disappear — hence convergence. Much of ARC’s research and thinking lately has focused on 3 topics: the Industrial IoT, IT/OT Convergence, and Open Process […]

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ABB Ability Strategy Explained

Last week ABB hosted “Innovation and Technology Day” events for analysts and customers at its Auburn Hills (MI) robotics manufacturing and service facility.  ABB provided an update on developments since its ABB Customer World event in Houston last March. March to September is short period for a second update, but in April 2017 ABB surprised […]

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Can EdgeX Foundry De-fragment the Edge?

Lately I’ve been blogging about the challenges of deployment and support/upgrades for industrial IoT edge systems. It impresses me that one sees wide variation in the support/upgrade model even within the industrial and infrastructure IoT segments (I shall not soil my hands by writing about consumer IoT). When you expand your view beyond just support […]

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