Do you live on the edge?  For Industrial IoT, It's Better

Posted by Steve Sickler on 17 Dec, 2018

Edge computing is rapidly becoming the most critical component of industrial IoT, replacing pure cloud-based systems in large manufacturing environments.  Over 72% of American manufacturers are already investing in Edge computing solutions, according to Futurum Research:

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Topics: Edge computing, Predictive Maintenance

Great Minds Think Alike: Shouldn't Robots?

Posted by Steve Sickler on 12 Dec, 2018

A few months ago, The International Federation of Robotics announced that "Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years."  While this is no real surprise to most of us, what is surprising is that none of them speak the same language. For the most part, the industrial robot industry is still stuck in the proprietary mindset reminiscent of the computer industry of the 1980's, at the great expense of their customers

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Topics: Open source robot communication and data

Got Automation? Using Computer Vision to Help USA Factories Get Competitive

Posted by Steve Sickler on 26 Feb, 2018

Today, February 25th, 2018, I brought up Google and typed in “Robots.”  This was one of the top three top stories listed:

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Topics: Machine Tending

Smarter Predictive Maintenance

Posted by Steve Sickler on 16 Feb, 2018

While managing a large portion of SAP’s Big Data and Analytics business, I ran into a big problem. We created solutions for "smart factory" predictive maintenance by feeding humongous amounts of data into SAP’s HANA in-memory database for near instant analysis and recommended corrective action to prevent problems.  It worked. It was amazing.  Yet nearly none of our large manufacturing clients could justify the expense of data transmission, storage and powerful CPU cycles.

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Topics: Predictive Maintenance

Smart Robots Run

Smart: Machine-learning made easy

Reliable: Remote monitoring and alerts

Secure: Edge computing keeps data local

This blog is dedicated to bringing new thoughts on the goal of keeping factories up and running.  Not just giant ones building planes and cars, but factories using robots to change the world with lower costs making cooler stuff, like craft beer.

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