INDEX

Subscribe Smart Manufacturing

In our comprehensive coverage on Smart Manufacturing, ABI Research takes a close examination of the IT- and OT-centric systems convergence, as well as the impact that this has on establish IT systems. The Industrial Internet is one of the next major IoT segments and is posed to revolutionize design, manufacturing, operations, service, and maintenance by relying on key enabling technologies like robotics, automation, remote monitoring, AR, VR, and wearables.

Featured Research

Smart_Manufacturing
Smart_Manufacturing View Chart

IT/OT Convergence in Smart Manufacturing and Enterprise

IT/OT integration means using IT systems for OT purposes, consolidating data streams to support decision making and augment intelligence across multiple parties. For decades, Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) diverged and developed in silos. Since the emergence of M2M communications several years ago though, slowly but surely, they have started to converge. As OT employs more sensors and connections to collect more data from equipment, devices and processes, it needs the security and standardization of IT to successfully process this data and store and share the insights between internal departments and external suppliers and customers. Unfortunately, up until now, a fractured solutions market and simple lack of communication between IT and OT departments have made it difficult to scale Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions designed to increase access to data. Only recently has the market started to consolidate and have companies started to solve their structural challenges to IT/OT integration.

Continue

Reports & Data

All

Executive Foresights

Smart Manufacturing Platforms: Best Practice for Winning in the Next Industrial Revolution

1Q 2018

Since the start of the industrial Internet of things (IIoT) revolution a few years ago, manufacturers have both excitedly anticipated and feared the changes it brings. So far, the sector has witnessed the rise and fall of GE Predix; the rise of Siemens MindSphere; and the emergence of transformative technologies such as digital twins, additive manufacturing, augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI). The cloud mentality has shifted. Fear of cloud solutions in manufacturing sparked increased investment in edge analysis. Many major manufacturers recognize the benefits of increasing the access to insights and application enablement platforms (AEPs) throughout the enterprise while wanting to keep more raw data at the source and perform real edge computing.

Insights

Industrial Smart Glasses Will Drive 5G in the IIoT

4Q 2017

In December 2017, ABI Research published the second iteration of the Industrial Internet Connectivity Tracker. The Industrial Internet Connectivity Tracker provides highly segmented data and forecasts through 2026 to support Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) business initiatives and go-to-market plans. It includes three major application segments: Industrial Smart Glasses, Robotics & PLCs and Other Equipment Monitoring. Industrial Smart Glasses are augmented reality (AR) glasses used in manufacturing applications. Robotics & PLCs refers to industrial connected robots and connected programmable logic controllers, and other equipment monitoring covers connections for condition-based monitoring of stationary industrial equipment ranging from weight scales to pumps and tanks, mining equipment, batteries and elevators.

Analyst Support

Every client is assigned a key member of our research team, based on their organization’s needs and goals. And, an unlimited number of Analyst Inquiry calls are available to answer your specific questions.

Ryan Martin

Principal Analyst

Pierce Owen

Principal Analyst

Dominique Bonte

Vice President, Verticals/End Markets

Webinar

Transformative Smart Manufacturing Technologies

Digital twins will minimize down-time, extend equipment’s useful life and help manufacturers meet new regulations. Early opportunities include monitoring of remote assets such as wind turbines, offshore drilling wellheads, jet engines and energy inverters as well as industrial equipment on the factory floor. When deployed successfully, these sorts of new technologies improve agility and decision-making, build in security and increase the exchanged of ideas between departments to simplify IIoT solutions and drive innovation. This webinar will cover an overview of what the Industrial Internet means today and the trends that will impact new business models and the deployment of new technologies such as digital twins in smart manufacturing.

Replay