The increasingly pervasive role of digital in manufacturing

Written by Dan Bigos | April 25, 2017 | Events, Manufacturing

Hannover Messe has everything – supplies, parts, tools, machinery, software, communications, financing, services, and all the professional experience and expertise one would need to create the ideal manufacturing environment to rapidly transform concept into product. The event is simultaneously overwhelming and inspiring. While the main focus of the event is “things” (as it has always more

Four high-value use cases for cognitive manufacturing

Written by Karen Lewis | April 20, 2017 | Asset Management, Manufacturing

Using cognitive to activate the next generation of production success Cognitive computing represents an emerging technology that increases productivity, yield and quality while continuously learning, improving employee actions, processes and outcomes. When combined with manufacturing technologies, it results in cognitive manufacturing. It unites millions of data points into a source that discovers patterns and answers more

Visual inspection for improved quality in manufacturing

Written by Vijay Sankaran | March 29, 2017 | Manufacturing

The challenges of quality inspection in manufacturing Manufacturing operations strive to deliver the highest quality during every stage of the production or assembly process. Over half of these quality checks involve visual confirmation to ensure the parts are in the correct locations, have the right shape or color or texture, and are free from any more

Cognitive manufacturing & Industry 4.0

Written by Jiani Zhang | March 17, 2017 | Factories, Manufacturing

Talk to any manufacturing executive and odds are they have heard of Industry 4.0. Originally coined in Germany through a technology project to computerize manufacturing, Industry 4.0 has now launched into a worldwide initiative to transform this sector. Japan and China have even coined their own ‘Industrial Value Chain Initiative’ and ‘Made in China 2025’ more

The evolution of maintenance

Written by Matt Bellias | March 14, 2017 | Asset Management, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing...

The science of maintenance is on the cusp of a transformation.  The Internet of Things, combined with advancements in edge computing and analytics, is poised to usher in an era of what is referred to as “prescriptive maintenance”. But for many companies’ operations and maintenance teams, daily maintenance tasks feel like a grind.  It’s critical more

Manufacturing: transforming technologies, methods and models with Industrie 4.0

Written by Jen Clark | February 16, 2017 | Manufacturing

Jesus Mantas, General Manager, IBM Cognitive Process Transformation Consulting led today’s session on Manufacturing at the Genius of Things summit in Munich. Jesus Mantas opens the Manufacturing segment of the Genius of Things Summit He was joined by Dr. Yung-Chang Tan, Director Automation Technology Development at Foxconn, and Dr. Bernhard Heiming, Group Manager (Electronics) at more

A framework for Industry 4.0

Written by Scott Stockwell | February 10, 2017 | Blog, Factories, Manufacturing

We’re surrounded by more and more connected devices we’re calling the Internet of Things. We can turn our heating on from our phones on the commute home. Pegs can tell us when to bring the washing in so it doesn’t get wet. Cars know the hazards  ahead and warn us before we get there so more

What’s in a complete toolbox for asset management?

Written by Scott Stockwell | December 15, 2016 | Asset Management, Events

The International Maintenance Conference in Bonita Spring, Florida this week has record numbers in attendance with over 1,000 maintenance, asset and reliability professionals. The expo hall is also overflowing with nearly 100 suppliers of leading solutions specializing in asset management, reliability, condition monitoring, innovative technologies, useful products, and vital services. In salute to the nature more

IoT to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)

Written by Dan Bigos | December 13, 2016 | Blog

There is much speculation regarding potential impact of President-Elect Donald Trump’s trade policies on manufacturing. While changes are certain but unknown, a wait and see attitude may be the most judicious for the moment. There are, however, initiatives that can have predictable long-term benefits to manufacturing organizations regardless of political climates, specifically through the application more

Digital darkness in manufacturing floor leaves plant management blind

Written by Binny Samuel | December 9, 2016 | Manufacturing

Most manufacturing plants are digitally dark.  They collect limited set of data from plant floors, essentially only that which pertains to key metrics or key processes.  But for those, there are hardly any digital visibility that drive decision making or predictive insights that illuminates production risks. Plant managers start the day with little visibility on more

Achieving digital transformation in manufacturing is a team sport

Written by Jiani Zhang | December 7, 2016 | Blog

Bridge the physical-digital divide with IoT services and solutions The explosion in connected devices and platforms, abundance of data from field devices and rapidly changing technology landscape has made it imperative for companies to quickly adapt their products and services and move from physical world to a digital world. Companies will need to leverage Internet more

Industry 4.0, meet Watson Internet of Things

Written by Ron Wallace | December 6, 2016 | Manufacturing

As customers and citizens, we are surrounded by more and more connected devices every day – what we’re calling the Internet of Things. Yet, for all the buzz, the real value in the Internet of Things is in business-to-business applications, which will account of 70% of the value derived from IoT in 2018, according to more