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An example of control and automation using IIoT, edge computing and the cloud
July 2020, IT in Manufacturing

   The challenges of working in remote locations I am involved in a number of projects investigating the feasibility of coal-bed-methane (CBM) in southern Africa. During one of these projects, I came ...
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Finding the common thread in process industries
March 2020, IT in Manufacturing

Initially focused on financial management and MRP (materials resource planning), ERP has evolved to embrace the whole value chain, from vendor management, manufacturing, supply chain/logistics, customer relationship management and more.
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AI in manufacturing – revolutionary opportunity or well-trodden path?
December 2019, IT in Manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a catchphrase used by marketers that attributes the characteristics of human intelligence to a computer system.
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Integrating IT with Operations Technology - a CIO perspective
October 2019, IT in Manufacturing

Digitisation projects, spurred on by Industry 4.0 and technological advances, have opened up many possibilities to create new value.
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Preparing fertile ground for a successful IIoT project
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, Editor's Choice

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a collection of emerging technologies that together have the potential to create significant business value and even create new business models.
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Now might be the time to have a talk with your IT service provider
March 2019, Editor's Choice, IT in Manufacturing

The Gartner hype cycle provides a simple graphic representation of how emerging technologies are adopted in the market. The principle is quite simple: a new technology (such as augmented reality) will ...
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New toolkits for innovation
January 2019, Editor's Choice

Why you might want to bypass the DCS and scada systems.
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How adding services to products could start your journey towards an Industry 4.0 solution
October 2018, Editor's Choice, IT in Manufacturing

For manufacturers, digital transformation involves understanding a range of new technologies and applying these to both create new business and to improve the current operation. Industry 4.0 provides ...
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How real is augmented reality?
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, Editor's Choice

At the ore face the drilling process was indeed an eye opener, hot, uncomfortable and hazardous in nature. Knowing where to drill to optimise the blast pattern is a skilled operation. When drilling started ...
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Digital twins, science-fiction or reality?
June 2018, Editor's Choice

Industrie 4.0 introduces the somewhat abstract concept of a ‘digital twin’. But is this really new, does it actually exist anywhere in practice, and if so, what steps should be followed to build one? A ...
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Using predictive analytics to improve planned maintenance
Technews Industry Guide: Maintenance, Reliability & Asset Optimisation 2018, IT in Manufacturing

Predictive analytics for planned maintenance is a technique that uses data to understand equipment degradation and predict failure.
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What is the future of blockchain in manufacturing?
February 2018, IT in Manufacturing

In manufacturing circles, it is probably fair to say that there is some uncertainty as to exactly what future impact blockchain may have on manufacturing systems. A number of cloud solution providers ...
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