Archive for Automation

Add IIoT to Legacy Automation Assets to Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

One of the most common questions that manufacturers have for the ARC Advisory Group regarding IIoT project justification is can it help to address one of their primary challenges, unscheduled downtime, which is often the number one issue for plants today. Often, one of the causes of a portion of this unscheduled downtime is that […]

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Is IIoT a Justification for Automation Modernization

Automation modernization remains one of the major issues faced by manufacturers.  ARC estimates that $65 billion worth of automation systems are nearing the end of their useful life. These estimates are even larger if one includes those installed systems that don’t meet the requirements for cybersecurity protection, or leveraging technologies, such as IIoT, cloud computing, advanced […]

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Raspberry Pi meets Industrial Automation

It all started with the first version of a single-board computer called “Raspberry Pi”, developed by a charitable foundation in Great Britain. Since its launch in 2012, originally designed as a low-cost tool for students, the Raspberry Pi has become an incredible success. On its fifth birthday at the end of February, the foundation announced […]

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Lots of IIoT, Analytics and, Yes, Even Some Talk of Drones at ARC Forum

Having just come off the high of attending a record turnout at the 21st ARC Industry Forum I wanted to summarize some of the key highlights on IIoT and analytics that I saw (would be interested to learn what others’ takeaways were) in Orlando during the week of February 6th through 9th. There was just […]

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Prepare for the New Era of Automation Using OPC UA Connectivity

Throughout industry worldwide, technical innovations in networks, sensors and applications, coupled with the advent of “smart machines,” have resulted in a huge diversity of devices generating all kinds of data. Growing adoption of the Industrial Internet, is driving requirements for open and secure connectivity between devices and edge-to-cloud solutions. One of the biggest challenges of […]

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