The Journey to Industry 4.0: Watch the Webinar

By Brenna Sniderman

One question I get a lot focuses on the difference between Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. “Aren’t they the same thing?” Well, they are and they aren’t. The Internet of Things is a construct by which objects are connected and made smarter. Industry 4.0 connotes the fourth Industrial Revolution, in which this interplay between digital technologies and the physical world is scaled to an industrial level to enable connected production, supply chains, business operations, and beyond. In essence, it’s a scaled up, amped up, industrialized version of the IoT—which is why Industry 4.0 is also known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things.

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Splitting image: How digital twins can drive value

By Jonathan Holdowsky

I have heard it said that, somewhere in the world, there is someone who could be your exact double. Now, I’m not referring to genetic twins. I am talking about look-alikes who have no blood relation to you whatsoever. Whatever its scientific basis, this spooky notion has often found its way throughout literature, mythology, and film. The Germans name this ghostly counterpart a “doppelganger”; the French, a less awkward “sosie”. That there could be a twin stranger somewhere in the world may strike you as unsettling—or quaintly amusing. But if you ever did cross paths with your doppelganger, you could at least take solace in the fact that the resemblance would be merely skin-deep. This mirror companion would not actually be you.

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The rise of complexity in digital supply networks

By Stephen Laaper

The move to digital supply networks can be daunting, especially when organizations consider how exactly to implement these solutions into their existing supply chain. With so much information and hype about digital, it can be hard for organizations to know what works for them and what might be a hidden roadblock. However, when the digital transformation is implemented correctly, it can also seamlessly enable an organization’s digital operations.

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Securing the future of mobility

Addressing cyber risk in self-driving cars and beyond

By Greg Boehmer and Leon Nash

Climbing into a car has long been among the riskier things that people do—famously, the least safe part of an airplane trip is the drive to the airport.1 So it’s likely no surprise that self-driving cars’ safety is one of their most often cited benefits. Indeed, many expect the emerging mobility ecosystem,2 with increasing shared access to transportation as well as autonomous technology, to all but eradicate routine accidents.

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Change happens: Adopting a digital supply network

By Brenna Sniderman

Sometimes I avoid change. This is only natural; a lot of people do, at least some of the time. I like things that are comfortable and familiar, things that I understand and know my way around. I may steer clear of change because I worry that new can be risky, and that I might result in being worse off in the end–-a tendency known as loss aversion. Beyond loss aversion, however, change can be particularly challenging because it tends to have a ripple effect–one change necessitates another, then another, until you find yourself having to update everything. Anyone who has ever upgraded just one piece of technology in their office, or even updated just one appliance in their kitchen, can understand this phenomenon.

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Five steps to reach Smart Predictive Maintenance

By Chris Coleman and Ryan Manes

Smart Predictive Maintenance accelerates the maintenance journey and has potential to increase machine availability and visibility across an entire asset network.

New techniques can improve plant throughput

Maintenance professionals today can face a number of issues, often including outsourcing, cost cutting, scarcity of experienced labor and increasing complexity of equipment. Whatever the challenge, maintenance and reliability professionals share a common goal – to maximize machine availability. Yet traditional maintenance programs can only take you so far. In fact, machine failures go well beyond statistical time-based failure. Recent studies show that only 20 percent of machine failures are time-based, while the other 80 percent of failures occur either in the infant mortality startup phase or most often due to random or unknown failure.1 But truly, no failure is random, only that the root causes have gone unidentified. Modern maintenance techniques can help detect impending failures before they happen with typically more accuracy than time-based approaches. For manufacturers, exceptional asset maintenance can be a strategic differentiator in improving a plant’s throughput, efficiency, quality and safety.

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Architectural innovations create advantage

Four ways to bring architectural innovation to your technology

By Joe Mariani, Center for Integrated Research

When technology can’t give you a strategic advantage, connections can. Recent research on how to create a strategic advantage in manufacturing shows that proprietary technology may not always create competitive advantage. In fact, it is the connection—the architectural innovation—combined with technology that may provide the greatest opportunity for businesses.

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