The Smart Industry 50
Our 2017 honorees are making digital revolution real.
By Keith Larson, Editor in ChiefEven revolutions are hard to see when you’re in the midst of them. Certainly, there’s a generous dose of marketing hype around the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things, cloud computing and big data analytics to advance industrial performance and remake business models. But speak to those on the front lines of digital innovation and their stories make clear that industry is indeed in the midst of an accelerating transformation made possible by increasingly powerful and accessible digital technology. “Some say we’re in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution,” says Steve Jones of Steelcase, one of the class of 2017 Smart Industry 50 honorees. “That’s a bold statement, but I think it…
Mesh networking tackles in-plant obstacles
Follow the money to find case for IIoT
The transformative power of enterprise connectivity
How to justify your first IIoT trial
ServiceMax from GE Digital unveils next-gen field-service management
Enabling technician autonomy and complex work execution.
ServiceMax from GE Digital announced the release of Predix ServiceMax Field Service Management (FSM), a next-generation field-service offering that brings new ways of working to professionals in service delivery. The newest ServiceMax offering gives service technicians greater autonomy, empowers dispatchers with more robust decision-making tools, and helps companies better plan and execute complex service projects.
“By delivering innovative field-service solutions, our customers are able to achieve higher service efficiency and a better experience for their customers—while remaining competitive in an increasingly crowded market,” said Scott Berg, CEO, ServiceMax from GE Digital. “Responding to evolving customer needs and executing…
LIFT project optimizes use of lightweight metals
Changing the approach to product development
The last generation to remember a product-based economy?
TRUMPF expands training capabilities
Upskill Unveils Skylight for Microsoft HoloLens
Aims to unlock mixed-reality experiences.
Upskill announced Skylight for Microsoft HoloLens, enabling enterprises to take advantage of mixed-reality experiences on the same Skylight AR software platform that supports assisted-reality and mobile devices, at no additional cost.Certain use cases for AR call for more immersive digital interaction that provides users with a large canvas to visualize the necessary information to complete their work. Skylight for HoloLens delivers this mixed reality experience, according to Upskill, which is particularly relevant for hands-on workers completing complex tasks in manufacturing, maintenance and repair, as well as for on-the-job training.Using Skylight for HoloLens, hands-on workers gain immediate access to:Spatial content placement: Users…
Industrial Internet Consortium launches its Resource Hub
Siemens and Bentley Systems announce digital twin cloud services
A sneak peek at secrets of smart manufacturing
Honeywell launches cybersecurity services for customer skills gap
Making work smarter, making workers safer
IBM's Omer Arad uses digital tools to protect flesh and bone.
Omer Arad, IBM researcher/developer and member of the Forbes Israel 30 Under 30 class of 2018,
IBM's Omer Arad
specializes in applying elements of the IoT for personal safety, using voice and gesture activation to identify workers’ behavior patterns and tapping artificial intelligence and sensor data to prevent accidents in hazardous work environments. We chatted with him about workplace safety, how age affects digital adoption, and the role of safety in IIoT initiatives. Take a look…
Smart Industry: What’s new in personal safety?
Omer: We are working on research connected to wearable devices, which are worn on the bodies and collect biometic data. We use ID tags that generate real-time data in order to protect workers in extreme…
Leveraging digital tools to advance lean initiatives
Publisher’s Road Notes: Educating the manufacturing workforce
Exponential IT/OT convergence will change industry
Bosch Rexroth and Tulip bringing Smart Workstation to market
The goal is to increase operator productivity.
Bosch Rexroth and Tulip announce the launch of a Smart Workstation, a joint customer-focused product that combines Bosch’s manual production system with Tulip’s Manufacturing App Platform to create a powerful Industry 4.0 workstation.The Smart Workstation leverages IoT-enabled manufacturing apps to transform traditional bench-top operations, increasing operator productivity, improving quality, and collecting and visualizing real-time manufacturing data, according to the companies. The workstation is built to order and comes ready to use. “We’re excited to partner with Tulip to bring the best of our technologies to market and make Industry 4.0 more accessible to manufacturers around the world,” said Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0…
Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical named Plant of Year
Department of Energy recognizes ArcelorMittal
Keep it going!
Data analytics and the IIoT’s role in sustainability.
Keeping the plant operating is critical, of course, but there are many facets, many benefits to reliability thatAspenTech's Robert Golightly
might not be obvious to everyone. We chatted with Robert Golightly, senior manager of AspenTech’s asset-performance management, to share his perspective. Take a look…Smart Industry: How are advancements in IIoT leading to increased sustainability?Robert: Using data and analytics to improve decision-making is not new for asset-intensive organizations. What is new is how the IIoT can drive business sustainability by improving operational excellence with asset optimization. This is a business-sustainability story across all pillars of operational excellence: profitability, efficiency, environmental…
A digital approach to an ancient craft
Q&A: New York Power Authority CEO Gil Quiniones
Perusing the "library of equipment failure"
Who tells the modern machine what to do?
The nimble nature of the adaptive machine
CC-Link IE field-safety embedded into Mitsubishi Servo Amplifiers
Industrie 4.0: What does it mean for chemical companies?
A conversation with OPC Foundation's Tom Burke.
By Tony D’Avino, Smart Industry publisher
Digitalization has fast become a priority initiative among growth-oriented manufacturing companies. Fostering the integration of IT technologies across the complete value chain—from product-design to production to maintenance—is the work at hand.
OPC-UA provides semantic interoperability for the smart world of connected systems. Very popular within industry, OPC-UA is now taking center stage within the world of Industrie 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
I caught up with Tom Burke, president and executive director of the OPC Foundation, during an OPC-UA event at the Timken Faircrest Facility in Canton, OH. We chatted about educating the manufacturing workforce, driving industry standards…
Case Study: Lighthouse Systems enables 40% output increase at solar manufacturer
The benefits of better medical and high-tech component manufacturing
Digitalization & unlimited potential for consumer-products companies
Product News: ABB launches compact, lightweight 6-axis robot
Promises fast, accurate small-parts-assembly solutions.
ABB introduced the IRB 1100 at the China International Industry Fair 2018 in Shanghai, describing the release as its smallest, lightest robot to date as part of its growing offering of solutions for small-parts assembly. The IRB 1100 was designed to meet the unique challenges of semiconductor, pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturers who need to handle small/delicate parts while working at speed and maintaining both high productivity and quality.
ABB touts that the IRB 1100 offers up to 35 percent faster cycle times to maximize productivity, and best-in-class repeatable accuracy. Powered by ABB’s new OmniCore controller, the IRB 1100 is equipped with advanced motion-control capabilities, making it ideal for supporting rapid…
Digitalization's toolkit on display at Hannover
A new way to print, a new way to manufacture
Digital twins courtesy of twin brothers
HMS Industrial Networks' new edge gateway
Data helps drive compressed air management at Ford
System-wide optimization, continuous monitoring key to realizing efficiency gains.
By Christine LaFave Grace, Plant Services managing editor
Internet-connected (and interconnected) technologies on the plant floor offer unprecedented opportunities to generate, track and analyze asset performance data. But just as important, they can be a vital tool for bolstering back-to-the-basics best practices for optimizing asset use, Joe Ghislain, recently retired senior manager at Ford Motor Co., said at Smart Industry 2017.
In a session on how compressed air systems fit into and advance Ford's digital manufacturing strategy,
"All of those robots are driven by compressed air." Citing a recent line overhaul that involved 500 state-of-the-art robots, Ford Motor Co.’s Joe Ghislain discussed the critical role that compressed air…
Most read of 2017
Inductive Automation and Cirrus Link release Ignition Edge
Digitizing horizontal and vertical value chains
The plant operator's perspective on predictive maintenance
There is a lack of understanding of Industry 4.0.
A recent study on “The Future of IIoT Predictive Maintenance” was conducted by Emory University andPresenso's Eitan Vesely
Presenso, designed to gain the perspective of plant-level employees on issues relating to deployment and the expected impact of IIoT PdM on plant operations.We chatted with Eitan Vesely, CEO of Presenso, to get his insights. Take a look…Smart Industry: How does the perception of digital transformation among the plant-floor staff differ from that of senior management? Eitan: Although we deliberately did not interview executives for this report, there is a clear difference between plant-level employees and the senior management that I frequently encounter.Senior management tends to be enthusiastic about the…
Banner Engineering solution enabled with machine learning
The impact of Industry 4.0 on safety instrumented systems
Honeywell UOP pioneering 'optimization-as-a-service'
Honeywell introduces intelligent wearables for field workers
Live data and real-time support to increase safety and efficiency.
Honeywell announced a handsfree, wearable Connected Plant technology that allows industrial workers to more safely, reliably and efficiently accomplish their tasks in the plant or the field, according to its maker. Honeywell’s Skills Insight Intelligent Wearables feature a head-mounted visual display that responds to voice and brings live data, documents, work procedures, as well as health and safety information into view.
Honeywell's Connected Plant technology
The new wearable technology connects field workers with remote experts in real time and enables them to assimilate valuable skills and knowledge while working, according to Honeywell.
“This new Honeywell Connected Plant technology offers industrial workers the information they…
Compressed air: Capital investment or paid utility?
New York unveils its end-to-end digital utility
Product News: Photoelectric all-rounder BOS 21M ADCAP
A smart sensor for the Internet of Things.
Balluff announced the IoT Photoelectric all-rounder BOS 21M ADCAP, a newly developed opticalBalluff's BOS 21M ADCAP
multifunction sensor in its BOS 21M series.According to its maker, this versatile all-rounder uses red light and lets operators choose from four sensor modes: background suppression, energetic diffuse, retroreflective or through-beam sensor. All the sensor functions can be configured over IO-Link while the system is running, so that a remote teach-in can be initiated by the controller. In addition, the sensor detects actual operating conditions, collects and processes information and provides far more data than just the switching signal over IO-Link. Detection signals are prepared and pre-processed in the sensor, which…
Beckhoff IoT edge device optimizes Industry 4.0 process technology
IIC announces smart printing factory testbed
H2O.ai enables Stanley Black & Decker’s manufacturing processes
What are anthropologists and psychologists doing in the manufacturing space?
At the Smart Industry 2018 Conference in September, Uwe Scharf presents “Accelerating Product Development In An Industry 4.0 World." Today the executive vice president of Rittal's industrial global business unit previews his presentation and shares his perspective on customer-driven innovation, mega-trends and the role of psychologists in the manufacturing space.Take a look...Smart Industry: Is studying customer needs the first step in innovation?Take a look…Mr. Scharf: Yes. Before a team starts developing a new product they must find out what challenges their customers are facing and analyze these issues, which is often mixed up with asking the customers what they want. In the case of developing our VX25 large enclosure, for example,…
Scaling your IIoT project?
Featured Speaker: Haresh Malkani on the democratization of smart manufacturing
Uptake acquires Asset Performance Technologies
Think big, start small, get quick wins and feed the frenzy.
In September, Haresh Malkani presents the keynote “The Democratization of Smart, Sustainable
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute's Haresh Malkani, who keynotes the 2018 Smart Industry Conference
Manufacturing” at the fourth-annual Smart Industry Conference. Today the chief technology officer with the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) shares his thoughts on the journey to smart manufacturing, the strategic use of tools and the opportunities for small manufacturers to take part in digital transformation.
Smart Industry: Explain what is meant by "The Democratization of Smart, Sustainable Manufacturing?"
Haresh: Smart Manufacturing is not something that materializes overnight. It is a…
Blockchain for the manufacturing supply chain
Part working factory. Part showroom. All smart.
Industrial PC is suited for edge computing and cloud communication.
Beckhoff has introduced its ultra-compact C6015 Industrial PC (IPC), touting it as the ideal space-saving, high-performance IoT edge device that fully utilizes these advantages for new and legacy systems in the process industries. Beckhoff's C6015 Industrial PC
By integrating comprehensive IoT and analytics functionality, the PC-based control technology opens up a wealth of options to optimize production processes, according to Beckhoff. System consistency in the control platform ensures simple implementation and high transparency:A universal portfolio of components for explosion protection, including the ELX series EtherCAT Terminals, which enable end-to-end automation of large and complex processing plants.
Honeywell migration tool facilitates upgrades of PLCs
Predictive-maintenance analytics initiatives die
Here’s how to save them.
By Tor Jakob Ramsøy, Founder & CEO of Arundo AnalyticsFor all the good intentions, many predictive-maintenance analytics (PdMA) initiatives fail to gain traction and ultimately become discontinued. Companies cannot find the data they want to solve a business problem. Or they collect data they cannot understand. Worst of all, a company will have both the data and ability to identify and track a business problem, but lack a manager who can deliver necessary oversight and investment into a PdMA program to reap the rewards.It’s frustrating, for sure. But there are ways to avoid failure. Below are several best practices when considering a PdMA approach and how to go about implementing a successful program to avoid an early demise. Use…
The road to RxM
Bentley’s Synchro software solution for FC Barcelona Stadium
Lightning strikes twice...reliability modeling to the rescue
The intelligence of productivity
The Trumpf Smart Factory brings digital-transformation concepts to life (and invites guests to poke around).
Late last year, metal-fabricating giant Trumpf opened the doors of a new type of facility—the Trumpf Smart Factory. Part working factory. Part showroom. Part tour destination. All digital transformation, demonstrating how a fully networked production system works in the real world.
Trumpf's Tobias Reuther
The $30 million facility demonstrates fully transparent digital networking, offering customers the ability to continuously monitor the status of their projects. Indirect procedures are automated. Processes become more controllable, a particular advantage for small lot sizes.
While the facility, located in suburban Chicago, can serve global sheet-metal processors of all sizes, the target group is small/medium-sized contract…
Coca-Cola Bottlers leverage Liaison technology
Program aims to provide path to modern, cloud-based architecture.
Liaison Technologies announced the launch of its “Embrace & Replace” program, which gives enterprises that currently use legacy technologies a low-risk, transformational path to the cloud. Liaison also announced that the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Sales & Services (CCBSS) Company is its first Embrace & Replace program customer. CCBSS, which is owned by independent U.S. Coca-Cola bottlers, supports the operations for the Coca-Cola System. CCBSS sought a more modern architecture for its supply chain operations to enhance the experience for its stakeholders and move away from a do-it-yourself strategy for connecting legacy technologies to cloud-based services, according to Liaison, whose Embrace & Replace strategy leverages…
IEEE adopts OpenFog Reference Architecture
FogHorn partners with Google Cloud to deliver IIoT solution
Honeywell debuts cloud historian for connected plant
Delivering tech expertise for industrial plants to safely connect.
Honeywell has added new cybersecurity-consulting services designed to help industrial and critical-infrastructure customers identify and eliminate dangerous security weaknesses. The Honeywell CyberVantage Security Consulting Services portfolio now includes Penetration Testing, providing active “white-hat” hackers who exploit customer defenses in order to fix them. It also now offers System Hardening to reduce software vulnerabilities and assist customers in safely complying with global Center for Internet Security (CIS) industry benchmarks.
Delivered by consultants with expertise in both operational technology (OT) and industrial cybersecurity, the services help organizations lower the risk and possible impact of security incidents…
DMDII names director for manufacturing cybersecurity center
Your IoT devices may be weaponized
Guidance for improving IIoT-endpoint security
Insights from an expert.
Tomorrow’s webinar features inside secrets of smart manufacturing. (You can register for it here.) TodayCorning's Daniel Ricketts
we asked one of the expert presenters, Corning development associate, technology & engineering Daniel Ricketts, to preview his presentation. Take a look…Smart Industry: What’s one secret of smart manufacturing?Daniel: It’s a collaborative effort. It’s not just one group or one function. You have to partner the IT and OT and process teams to achieve success.Smart Industry: How can a manufacturer leverage an ecosystem of advanced analytics solutions to help them solve tough manufacturing problems?Daniel: It starts with having data collected in the right context. The critical piece is the data…
Manufacturing innovator takes lead at DMDII
Product News: Future-proof chip connects devices to the IIoT
Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor
Product News: Siemens Sinamics G120 Smart Access module
The module simplifies drive commissioning and maintenance.
Siemens has expanded its Sinamics G120 drive series to include an option for wireless commissioningG120 Smart Access Module links mobile devices wirelessly over Wi-Fi to Sinamics G120 and G120C drives.
and service. The Sinamics G120 Smart Access module enables wireless connectivity of mobile devices over Wi-Fi to Sinamics G120 and Sinamics G120C drives, according to its maker. The module sets up in a few steps using a standard web browser and any standard operating system. Its built-in web server functionality eliminates the need to download additional software, and with its intuitive user interface and menu, the Smart Access module offers users outstanding convenience, according to Siemens.The Sinamics G120 Smart Access Module is…
Mobility rises above
Enabling the mobile worker, optimizing growth
New interface guides IIoT stakeholders with actionable intelligence
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the IIC Resource Hub—a new interface to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) industry resources developed by the IIC, and a web-based tool called IIoT Project Explorer that guides users through the analysis and planning of their own IIoT projects.The IIC Resource Hub not only references IIC resources including knowledge and expertise from IIC foundational documents, testbed insights, toolkits, demos and relationships with global standards and industry groups, but also provides actionable intelligence. It is designed for use across industries and among technical and business stakeholders in the IIoT.“There is nothing like the IIC Resource Hub on the market now,” said Dirk Slama,…
Advantech launches 30 IIoT solutions
Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of the Future
IIC publishes edge computing in IIoT white paper
GE ‘all in’ on digital transformation
Siemens/Stratasys partner on additive manufacturing
A deeper reality via modeled reality
Gateway bridges any two industrial Ethernet Networks
Robotics-as-a-Service to unlock market development
Global revenues for RaaS to reach US$34 billion by 2026.
By Rian Whitton, research analyst at market-foresight advisory firm ABI Research
Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is an elastic concept and can mean different things. It broadly refers to robotics
ABI Research's Rian Whitton
providers that do not simply sell their products, but rather rent or lease their products with solutions to customers as a full service. Though the robotics market continues to grow, ongoing pressure on robotics vendors to maintain margin means that they are looking to widen market opportunities beyond just selling robots as products.
Our recent report highlights the potential of RaaS in unlocking the next phase of market development in robotics, estimating that the installed base for RaaS will grow from 4,442 units in…
Enabling robots to adopt more tasks
Robotics' role in the digital transformation
Automates print production and predictive maintenance.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) announced the Smart Printing Factory Testbed. Led by Fujifilm and supported by IIC members Fujitsu, IBM, RTI and Toshiba, the testbed automates print production and predictive maintenance for factory-based printing equipment.The Smart Printing Factory Platform collects job status, machine-condition and production-quality data for factory-based printing equipment using integrated sensors. It then delivers optimized production and predictive maintenance plans to users who can monitor and control printing equipment through a secure IT/OT management console. For legacy printing facilities without digital devices, sensors can be attached to send, store and analyze data. “As in other…
Sprint launches its IoT Factory
The benefits of blockchain in food processing
Blockchain can transform information-transfer in supply chains.
By Nathan Jin, Ivy
Everyone is clamoring for greater traceability and sustainability. And as we all move toward technological operating frameworks, enterprises are seeking solutions to boost traceability and recordkeeping. The potential for blockchain technology to change the information-transfer of food supply chains has become a hot topic.
Blockchain has its roots in 2009 as a distributed ledger for recording monetary transactions in the Bitcoin network. Here's how it works: transactions between participants on the system are bundled into blocks, which are then linked to the previous block, forming a chain. Each subsequent block is based on the previous block, so retroactively changing entries in previous blocks is functionally…
The near future of smart roads
PlantSight synchronizes the real plant and its engineering representations.
Siemens and Bentley Systems announced the introduction of PlantSight, a digital solution to benefit customers through more efficient plant operations. PlantSight enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins, which synchronize with both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital context for consistently understood digital components across disparate data sources for any operating plant, according to the partners. Plant operators benefit from high trustworthiness and quality of information for continuous operational readiness and more reliability.PlantSight provides all stakeholders with cloud/web-enabled visibility and access into existing data and tool interfaces, assuring that changes are timely and accurately…
Digital twins for the asset operator
ABB opens doors for Manufacturing Day
The aim is to inspire the tech workforce of tomorrow.
ABB will open to the public more than 30 of its state-of-the-art facilities across the United States this week in celebration of Manufacturing Day, an annual event that showcases modern, digitally driven manufacturing as an engine of the nation’s economic growth and a creator of vital jobs in America.
Manufacturing Day (October 5) is supported by thousands of manufacturers around the country. The celebration provides opportunities for students, teachers, parents, job-seekers and other community members to attend open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to demonstrate advanced industrial technologies in modern factories, which can offer rewarding jobs to future workers.
“Today’s high school students are tomorrow’s…
Data doctors in the IIoT era
Data analytics meets craft beer. Cheers!
In September, Tim Alexander presents “Deschutes Boosts Quality, Throughput with Predictive Analytics” atDeschutes' Tim Alexander
the 2018 Smart Industry Conference. Today the brewery-operations technology manager previews his presentation and shares his thoughts on data in the world of craft beer, boosting consistency and speeding processing times. Take a look...Smart Industry: Describe your role in this era of digital transformation.Tim: I oversee operations technology at the brewery. This includes process automation, our process historian, operational interactions and integrations with the company ERP system, databases for collecting/organizing/storing quality and recipe data, and creating reports and combining data as required…
Food processing, meet IIoT
Transformation in Action Profile: Jonathan Riechert
Creating value from smart manufacturing
Watch out for regional data privacy rules
Rockwell Automation wins contract to develop massive open-pit mine
Cave-mining techniques are becoming increasingly popular.
Codelco, the National Copper Corporation of Chile and one of the world’s largest copper producers, has awarded a major contract with an approximate value of $50 million to Rockwell Automation to supply a number of important systems for the Chuquicamata underground mine, a “super cave” mine in Chile. Rockwell Automation will collaborate in the transformation of the century-old, open-pit mine, one of the world’s largest, into a technologically advanced “super cave” mine that uses a block-caving extraction process. This advanced method is expected to extend the life of the mine by at least 40 years, improving its asset utilization. Cave-mining techniques are becoming increasingly popular because they yield high production rates…
Gas processor advancing remote control methodologies
Applications with monitoring of motors, pumps, blowers and more.
Banner Engineering today announces its wireless condition-monitoring solution with machine learning for more intuitive predictive maintenance. The QM42VT wireless vibration-monitoring sensor continuously measures RMS velocity, high frequency RMS acceleration and temperature, enabling the sensor to identify machine problems before they become severe and result in unplanned downtime, according to Banner. It also allows facility managers to plan maintenance more efficiently and reduce labor costs by eliminating manual checks.
Using a proprietary machine-learning algorithm, Banner’s condition-monitoring solution collects data from the
QM42VT vibration-detection motor
sensor to establish a machine’s vibration baseline and automatically set…
Navistar closes the loop on reliability and innovation
Autonomous Solutions & Barrick Gold autonomous haulage
From Thomas Edison to the digital twin.
In 1882, Thomas Edison built the nation’s first powerplant in Manhattan. Recently in nearby White Plains, New York, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) unveiled its Integrated Smart Operations Center, a state-of-the-art headquarters that uses GE Digital's predictive-analytics software to forecast and prevent equipment failures and significant outages at the NYPA's 16 power plants and 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines. Online monitoring of power plants, sub-stations and power lines increases plant efficiency and productivity, reduces unplanned downtime, lowers maintenance costs and minimizes operational risks. The technology will help NYPA progress toward meeting their state’s Governor's Clean Energy Standard, which requires…
Water, optimized, with a digital approach
Supports Fieldbus, Real Time Ethernet and IIoT protocols.
Hilscher announces the netX 90, an addition to its netX family of single-chip network controller ASICs. The chip addresses the fact that a large proportion of slave devices in use today will have to be replaced and/or updated if cyber risk threats are to be countered adequately for cloud-based and IIoT applications, according to Hilscher.According to its maker, the netX 90 provides universal connectivity for all popular Real Time Ethernets (RTEs), is "IoT-ready" with support for OPC UA and MQTT, and can interface to all modern sensor buses. "netX 52, its predecessor, was already a powerful interface for sensors and actuators," said Nico Mäding, Hilscher netX business development manager. "With netX 90 we've incorporated low-level drivers…
Industrial compact gigabit media converter with fixed fiber
A deep dive into your thoughts
A look back at the 2018 Smart Industry Conference
Studying trends and networking with trend-setters at our fourth-annual event.
Day 1: Kicking off, diving in The 2018 Smart Industry Conference kicked off with tours of three local facilities capitalizing on digital capabilities. One shuttle headed east to the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, a showcase for modern machines and the thought-leaders who operate them. Another bus headed to the Alter Brewing Company, where the relationship between data and beer was explored. And the last group traveled to the TRUMPF Smart Factory to see advanced metal-fabricating machines and their respective digital twins.Presentations followed a networking lunch. After some introductory remarks by Smart Industry VP of Content Keith Larson that explored the growth of digital transformation in parallel to this…
2018 Smart Industry Conference: Day 3
Overseeing a smart university
My Top Ten for year four of Smart Industry 2018
Bentley Systems announces its Year in Infrastructure Awards
Celebrates those advancing design and operations of infrastructure.
Bentley Systems announced the winners of the Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards. The annual awards program honors the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing design, construction and operations of infrastructure throughout the world.Twelve independent jury panels of distinguished industry experts selected the 57 finalists from 420 nominations submitted by more than 340 user organizations around the world.At a ceremony and gala at the conclusion of Bentley’s London-based Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference, Bentley acknowledged 19 Year in Infrastructure Awards winners and nine Special Recognition Awards winners.Since 2004, the Year in Infrastructure Awards program has showcased excellence and innovation of infrastructure…
Red Lion adds connectors
Mixed-reality, remote-worker platform aims to transform industry
Designed for industrial manufacturing, aerospace, defense and oil/gas.
Kognitiv Spark’s industrial-worker support tool is now on trial in the Microsoft app store. RemoteSpark leverages mixed-reality technology and interactive 3D intelligence to deliver significant productivity gains for industrial clients, according to its maker.
The platform is currently designed for the Microsoft HoloLens and empowers workers to improve maintenance and repairs using 3D content, interactive holograms, and live IoT data. Offsite subject matter experts located anywhere in the world can see what the onsite field worker sees trough the HoloLens, and together they can troubleshoot tasks or perform inspections, eliminating travel costs for subject matter experts, reducing equipment downtime and errors, and improving repairs…
Smart, rugged actuators help paraplegic motorcyclist get back on road
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