It’s that time of year again where we take a moment to reflect on the year that’s quickly coming to a close.
If you haven’t already, check out our Year in Review for 2015. We highlight some of the biggest changes we’ve experienced this year, as well as a photo gallery from just a few of our favorite moments from 2015.
But that’s not all that’s worth reflecting upon.
While you’re at it, check out the top 15 automation, Industrial Internet, cyber security, and technology articles from the start of 2015 all the way to the end.
What’s Your Industrial Internet Score?
This one’s for the competitive folks out there.
Thanks to the GE Automation “Industrial Internet Evaluator,” you can discover your own Industrial Internet score.
Not only will it score you on your knowledge, it can help you gauge your progress in the analytic adoption path of the Industrial Internet You can also compare your results to your peers when you complete the process.
Happy scoring.Read More
A Love Letter to Water
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District confessed their love for clean water in the form of a video right in time for Valentine’s Day with the description: “A love like this is often hard to put into words. Water, please allow us to try. #LoveCleanWater”
The love letter starts with a simple declaration “you and I have ebbs and flows, ups and downs, and waves of affection,” and while it may sound silly at first, the sewer district makes some great points.
Without proper treatment, life would be a lot different. Clean water is a precious gift, and one that often gets taken for granted.
A Eulogy for Internet Explorer
Microsoft’s marketing chief announced back in March that the company will be “laying our longtime pal to rest upon the forthcoming release of Windows 10, which will feature a browser with another name,” according to an article published in Newsweek.
Paul Meija pokes a little harmless fun at the browser and writes from the point of view of an old friend politely saying some last words at IE’s funeral.
It’s successor, Project Spartan, will be included with the official release of Windows 10. It is said to include page annotation, extension support, and the integration of Microsoft’s Cortana.
Mobile Trends of 2015
What does “going online” or “browsing online” mean to you? Do you conjure up an image of accessing a PC or a laptop? Or do you see yourself pulling your smartphone out of your pocket to access the web?
According to an April report done by Pew Research, that seems to be the reality these days. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all Americans now own a smartphone, up 35% from 2011.Read More
IoT Inside Grain Operations
Even in this age, when you think about grain operations, your first thought probably isn’t the Internet of Things or cloud-based systems. But according to an Automation World article published in June, that’s the reality for Riceland Foods grain facility in Jonesboro, AK.
Their system “is designed to provide continuous monitoring and actionable information to help operators proactively prevent problems by managing both grain and equipment conditions,” and combines TempuTech system with GE’s Equipment Insight for data collection and analysis.
The data transmission and analysis tools allow information to be accessed online, on site, remotely and by operators or company managers at all times.Read More
How to Avoid Becoming Extinct as Tech Changes
Howard Tullman uses the image of a modern Best Buy store to illustrate how technology is quickly on its way in and, on the other side, on its way out in the article published in the Chicago Tribune.Read More
Moving Towards the Industrial Internet
According to GE and Accenture Research, executives and leaders across industries are now beginning to see the importance of harnessing the Industrial Internet. Together, they released this infographic detailing the statistics and figures behind it:
If a Dishwasher Can Talk– Why not an Operator Interface?
Vibhoosh Gupta, Product Management Leader at GE Automation, bought a new dishwasher back in June. But it wasn’t its dish cleaning power that took him by surprise– it was its ability to remotely monitor its status and report back to the manufacturer. A feature like this in a simple, home appliance can save many headaches for homeowners.
Imagine eliminating those frustrating, troubleshooting calls altogether. Gupta asked, if we can troubleshoot a common home appliance, why can’t we do this (better) for a plants or utilities?Read More
3 Ways the IoT Will Change Every Business
By now we’ve probably all heard how the Internet of Things will be a part of our lives one way or another in the next 3-5 years or so. Wearables, activity trackers, thermostats or even lights in your home that can be controlled with a smartphone are a step in that direction.
But with all the predictions out there about everyday life changing with the onset of the IoT, Bernard Marr of Forbes points out that it’s really going to change business “at a fundamental level.”Read More
Do We Need Our Own Cyber Security Protection Plan?
Data breaches at large entities like retail stores, banks, or government agencies have led many into cybersecurity solutions and programs. But does this mean we need our own, individual cyber security plan as an everyday citizen?
Priya Anand of The Wall Street Journal discussed the possibility in an article back in September.Read More
Even the oil and gas sector has realized the benefits from big data and analytics. Katie Fehrenbacher of Fortune said in a recent article that the “plummeting” oil prices have forced energy companies to focus on increasing efficiency with technology.
Fehrenbacher said that sensors are a big part of that refocus– from smarter pumps to drilling systems, sensors in a digital oilfield are helping to produce loads of information.Read More
Cybersecurity Fears Prompt the Navy to Navigate by the Stars Again
In a time where technologies such as smart fridges, self-driving cars, and 3D printing are the norm, The United States Naval Academy is beginning to teach celestial navigation once again, according to the Capital Gazette.
The practice fell out of use about 20 years ago, thanks to advances in radio wave and GPS navigation. But it’s not nostalgia that’s making the Annapolis school teach the outdated navigation once again. It’s cybersecurity qualms.
The fear of cyber attacks has the Navy running back to the technique, using instruments to measure the angles between astronomical objects– stars, planets, asteroids.Read More
The Unsung Hero of Eliminating Unplanned Downtime: HMI/SCADA
Unsung hero (noun). One who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them.
While in the midst of a changing industry, data revolution, and shift to focusing on operational efficiency, it’s no surprise that something like the HMI/SCADA landscape could be overlooked as the driving force behind efficiency.
In fact, in a guest post for ISA Interchange this October, Matt Wells, general manager of Automation Software Solutions at GE Digital declared HMI/SCADA as the unsung hero of eliminating unplanned downtime.Read More
The Human-Centric Internet of Things
The Internet of Things.
Bloggers write about it, Gartner analysts research its future impact, and others discuss it over coffee with colleagues.
Whether it seems likely now or not, Gartner said that by 2020 there will be 25 billion connected things.
Many industry leaders have their concerns. But apprehension isn’t the only emotion tied to the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, H. James Wilson, Baiju Shah, and Brian Whipple of Harvard Business Review said back in November, that a more human-centric side of the IoT is beginning to gain popularity.Read More
How 3D Printing is Transforming Industry
Remember that scene in “Back to the Future Part II” where the future McFly family prepares dinner by “hydrating” a tiny, dense circle into an entire pizza? In mere minutes, they’re all happily devouring food from the future.
This appliance might have seemed impossible back in 1989 when the film premiered, but thanks to today’s 3D printing technology, it’s becoming more of a reality.
In fact, an Automation World article from November detailed the future of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, in the food industry. And yes, “printing” pizza is a possibility.
Enter Foodini, by Natural Machines– a 3D food printer that makes pizza, pasta, breads, and cookies. Does making ravioli from scratch sound daunting? The creators of Natural Machines suggest to simply load the dough and filling and let Foodini print the pasta for you.Read More