Archive for Automation

CSX’s Key Metrics for Seamless Rail Services

CSX is a supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America, and they recently restructured the operations and workforce. The STB (Surface Transportation Board) stated that they have received several “informal complaints” from shippers about CSX’s deteriorating rail services, which coincided with CSX’s restructuring process. To address the concerns, CSX is transitioning to precision scheduled […]

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ETCS (European Train Control Systems) Level 3: A new way forward?

ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 3 has experienced a significant growth in recent times. The fully integrated advanced level train control system does not use wayside signals, as all the information is transmitted using wireless communications. The Level 3 concept has a potential to make a significant impact on the train control systems. Although […]

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Who needs $100 oil? Majors seen making more cash at $50 Is IIoT to Blame (?)

This author has believed that the only thing owner-operators, independent E&P firm, and others in the oil patch today can really control is their costs to find, extract, produce and refine a barrel of oil. ARC has written more than once that the overall impact of lower oil prices on the global economy is a […]

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Digital Transformation – The Humanity of It

At the 2017 Honeywell Users Group, I had the opportunity to listen to Scott Klososky with Future Point of View, who spoke on Digital Transformation. However, he addressed it from the point of view of humanity. He opened with the question: “How does technology affect humanity?”  Then he asked, “Are we happier?” Unfortunately, no. To […]

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It’s not the Network, it’s the Convergence!

Last week I wrote a post about Software Defined Networks in the IIoT. This week in response one of my clients shared a different viewpoint. My client told me that the system convergence phenomenon would be more important than networking for the IIoT. He convinced me that he’s right, in the mid-term to long term […]

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