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ABI Research’s Smart Manufacturing market intelligence provides foresight on the technologies, services, solutions, and providers impacting the Industrial IoT value chain; how the disruptive and transformational impact of technology is driving new business decisions across and between IT and OT teams; and what it means for the way we work. Critical technologies covered in terms of the benefits they offer include AI, Robotics and bots (automation), AR and wearables (assistance and visibility), VR (training), industrial connectivity, digital twins, and related software and application collaboration tools (efficiencies) for both internal and customer facing functions. These technologies touch everything from connected sensors through platform design, manufacturing, maintenance, operations, and service workflows. Our extensive research uncovers the critical information technology end-users, implementers, investors, suppliers, governments, and economic development groups and other stakeholders need to manage IT/OT integration.

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Smart Manufacturing Platforms Assessment

IIoT platform can refer to any piece of software that fills a role in application enablement in an industrial environment. Manufacturers need this software to connect devices, extract data from their equipment, process it, store it, and deliver it to finished applications. No platform does all of this well, but many IIoT platform providers now have partner ecosystems designed to meet the individual needs of any prospective client.

Perhaps the 'platforms' that most suit that word fill the role of an application enablement platform (AEP). AEPs provide a solution for importing data, but they often require partners to provide gateways. Some AEPs provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ that can take the data from a least some devices and might also work like an operating system with an app store. If they keep app development open, they can feature apps built by the AEP provider, apps from partners (which may also call themselves a platform), end users or independent developers, much like smart phone app stores.


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Executive Foresights

Why Quantum?

4Q 2018

If the twentieth century was all about the mechanization of physical work, the twenty-first century is all about the mechanization of mental work. We can think of “mental work” as the process of thinking that unfolds when making difficult decisions. These decisions are ultimately what establish a state of understanding or belief. In computing terms, this state of understanding or belief is manifested in cached memory. The challenge of working with cached memory in the world of IoT is heterogeneity—of endpoints, applications, data, and suppliers—and the resulting need to shift from physical-time to logical-time order computing, which prioritizes the relative order in which data is generated, transmitted, and/or processed (think blockchain).


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.

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Pierce Owen

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Dominique Bonte

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Dan Shey

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Lian Jye Su

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Michela Menting

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Jonathan Collins

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Phil Sealy

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Stuart Carlaw

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Eric Abbruzzese

Principal Analyst

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Research Analyst

Marina Lu

Senior Analyst

Khin Sandi Lynn

Industry Analyst

Pablo Tomasi

Senior Analyst

Andrew Zignani

Senior Analyst


How Should Automotive Vendors Adapt to Smart Manufacturing?

Nov. 13, 2018, 2 p.m.

ABI Research has identified the most important Smart Manufacturing technologies, solutions and strategies for the automotive sector. In many respects, this industry leads the way in adopting innovations within the manufacturing sector. This webinar will provide a framework and strategic guidance for Smart Manufacturing vendors to increase adoption rates in the automotive industry.

Our webinar will also address the following questions:

  • What technologies will most impact the automotive industry?
  • How do Smart Manufacturing technologies impact competition in the automotive sector today?
  • What use cases drive adoption?
  • How will smart manufacturing technology transform the automotive industry during the next 5-10 years?
  • Which vendors currently lead the way in this industry?