By Sarah Dudley on January 26, 2018

What is CMMS? Absolutely everything you need to know

Way back when, maintenance records were kept on paper.  People also used to use paper maps for driving directions and walked uphill to school both ways. Thankfully, times have changed and so have the way you manage your maintenance operations. At its core, CMMS is a tool that enables more effective maintenance operations – no […]

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By Bruce D Baron on January 24, 2018

Understanding the ‘things’ in Internet of Things

Last month I had the incredible pleasure of escaping the winter doldrums of the Northeast and heading to sunny Coconut Grove, Florida for the International Maintenance Conference (IMC).  This annual conference is a must-see event for asset managers, plant managers, and reliability engineers who keep the industrial infrastructure of the world going. One key theme of the event […]

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By Jen Clark on January 22, 2018

Harry Potter and the Magic of Things

Pity the poor Muggle. Just beyond his reach is a world of mystery and magic – where photographs move, sports turn skyward and a magic wand can conjure just about anything. It’s easy to understand the allure of magic. It’s the antidote to everything ordinary. Farewell tax return, hello dragons. It’s barmy. Miraculous. Topsy turvy. […]

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By Jennifer Barkley on January 22, 2018

Deep thoughts, light spin, John Cohn

Who says technology has to be so serious? Sure, advancements like quantum computing, blockchain and artificial intelligence are intense, no-nonsense innovations that are changing the world. Yet, there’s also a lighter side of tech. Especially when non-techies get excited and inspired by life-changing technology. That’s what “The Desk” is all about. “The Desk” a new, […]

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By Jen Clark on January 18, 2018

IoT weekly round-up: 18th January 2018

Welcome to the IoT weekly round-up. This week, net neutrality is in the news once again as Senators plan to oppose the FCC’s recent decision to scrap it. Meanwhile, cryptocurrencies are going belly-up, and there’ll soon be new speech recognition technology designed for children’s voices. Senate leaders back plan to restore net neutrality On 14 December, […]

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By Jason Spaulding on January 12, 2018

Is Industry 4.0 really the manufacturing savior it claims to be?

Manufacturers are under pressure. They need to do more with less which often means finding ways they can save money and expand margins. The options? Making more finished products and selling those products cheaper; having less costly downtime and less waste; and having fewer defects and higher satisfaction, all while requiring fewer raw materials, resources […]

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By Laura Langendorf on January 12, 2018

#AccessibleOlli drives us forward at CES

Did you know that 15 percent of us live with disabilities? That jumps to 25 percent for people 50+. And by the time we’re 65, half of us will have one or more impairments. That’s why #AccessibleOlli was such a draw at this year’s CES with it’s very worthy mission: autonomous for all of us. […]

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By Kal Gyimesi on January 11, 2018

Part 4: Developing IoT-enabled Autos: a tsunami of change and leveraging the IoT

In the first three parts of this series we explained the process transformation that is taking place In IoT-enabled autos. I’ve discussed the emergence of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and the movement toward the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in modern engineering practices. The final component driving automotive development forward is the promise of cognitive systems […]

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By Jen Clark on January 11, 2018

IoT weekly round-up: 11th January 2018

Happy New Year! Welcome to this year’s first instalment of the IoT weekly round-up. It’s January, so naturally our crew are scoping out the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) for the juiciest new developments in connected gadgetry goodness. Read on for some of the highlights so far. Highlights from CES 2018 Automotive is the name […]

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By Laura Langendorf on January 8, 2018

5 smart reasons to find us at CES

What better way to start of 2018 than with this year’s CES. For the past 50 years, it’s been a proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies. This year, major expectations center around smart cars and (our favorite) the Internet of Things. Of note is the keynote by Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who will share Ford’s […]

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By Gerardo Gonzalez and Ron Felice, IBM on January 4, 2018

Connecting the World One Car at a Time

Connected vehicles are finally coming into their own and establishing themselves in the marketplace. Today, about 35 percent of new vehicles are connected to the internet. They’re packed with sensor technologies that monitor driving, safety and vehicle health conditions. By 2020, enhancements for internet-enabled vehicles are expected to be among the top downloads from app […]

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By Kal Gyimesi on January 4, 2018

Part 3: Developing IoT-enabled autos: a tsunami of change and the journey to cognitive

In my series on IoT-enabled autos, we’ve already recognized the emergence of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and the wisdom of using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in modern engineering practices. In part three of my series highlighting the ways that automotive product engineering is evolving, we’ll examine the promise of cognitive systems. It’s the final […]

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