“Diagnostic engineers, do they have a future?”- Presented by Alexander Hill, Senseye

“Diagnostic engineers, do they have a future?”- Presented by Alexander Hill, Senseye, at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, Nov 15 2016, High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Among the many promises of the Industrial IoT is the panacea of perfect prescriptive maintenance; machines themselves telling maintainers exactly when and what to maintain. Advances in cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence are edging us towards to this ideal, yet human intuition and experience is a difficult thing to replace. Alexander Hill, Co-founder of Senseye the ‘Uptime as a Service’ company, will explore some of the challenges of creating an automatic diagnostic engineer and if humans still have a place in the fourth industrial revolution. Continue reading ““Diagnostic engineers, do they have a future?”- Presented by Alexander Hill, Senseye”

IoT is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce. It’s less about the physical things that have a functional purpose, and it’s more about what becomes possible with the data that is produced by the sensors in those things.  This is especially true when you combine the sensor data from one thing with sensor data from other things, such as combining a truck’s location data with weather condition data 100 miles down the road. Continue reading “IoT is all about sensors and the data that sensors produce”

The IoT is moving far beyond its industrial origins

The Internet of Things (IoT) has an important role to play in the future of information security. It will extend the reach of the Internet into devices and systems not previously considered ‘at-risk’, but also deliver an additional integrated security layer. On top of all this, it will play a role in monitoring the vulnerability of advanced mechanisms that are in vogue.

The IoT was traditionally thought of as industrial rather than consumer. With clear origins in manufacturing, due to its use of sensors to monitor machines early IoT provides centralisation, remote management and data-driven insights. Continue reading “The IoT is moving far beyond its industrial origins”

Industry 4.0 Will Be About Progressive IT

The next phase of manufacturing will be all about information technology. Which of these trends will have the most profound impact on your work?

Industry 4.0 is the brainchild of the German government and describes the next phase in manufacturing, known as the post information revolution. I came across a great primer from Boston Consulting Group that neatly describes the nine pillars of technological advancement that underpin Industry 4.0, all of which IT professionals must understand in order to effectively compete in the next 10-20 years. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 Will Be About Progressive IT”

IIoT: Changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and how it will affect your designs

Experts discuss the changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and data gathering, and how it will affect your designs.

Overall, the IIoT is primarily a concept—better business operations through knowledge. The basic technology to achieve this concept will be smart sensors, communication buses and analytical software. Vendors are developing creative solutions within these areas. Continue reading “IIoT: Changes in technology that will enable greater connectivity and how it will affect your designs”

How Will IIoT Affect Manufacturing Operations and Processes?

The words—the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are new. But the goal is not new—use data from machinery and equipment to improve overall manufacturing performance, efficiency, more uptime and lower costs.

“A lot of us have noted that IIoT is something we could do a decade or more ago,” said John Kowal, director, business development at B&R Automation.

Yet, a number of manufacturing facilities either have not taken advantage of connecting their enterprises or they lag way behind. “Despite more than 30 years of industrial device level buses, increased computer capability and control, a number of manufacturing facilities and businesses are not as connected and automated as they could be,” said Jeremy King, product marketing manager, Bimba Manufacturing.

Agreed Mike Hannah, market development for The Connected Enterprise, Rockwell Automation, “The proliferation of these smarter end points, big data, analytics, virtualization and mobility are the evolutionary steps to harness the most powerful element that too few manufacturers today are fully capitalizing on: their own data.” Continue reading “How Will IIoT Affect Manufacturing Operations and Processes?”

Industry 4.0 is on the verge of radically changing the way in which manufacturers operate

Industry 4.0 – or the Industrial Internet of Things – is on the verge of radically changing the way in which manufacturers operate. The approach is expected to pave the way towards a future in which smart factories, intelligent machines and networked processes are brought together to encourage greater manufacturing productivity, flexibility and profitability. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 is on the verge of radically changing the way in which manufacturers operate”

The Rise of The Machines: Industrial IoT, the Next Wave of Innovation

The next wave of innovation about to wash over the connected world is the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Beyond smart watches and FitBits, forward-thinking businesses are applying the concept of IoT to complex, psychical machinery, like jet engines and locomotives, to unleash unexpected growth opportunities and fuel innovation. Combined with data analytics, companies can leverage the industrial IoT to impact the economy, the job market and the future; and it has the potential to add $15 trillion to the global economy in 2030, according to Accenture. Continue reading “The Rise of The Machines: Industrial IoT, the Next Wave of Innovation”