Start Small, Think Big

So, your management has tasked you with “getting the company into IIoT.”  What do you do next?  The project can be daunting because the applications are so expansive and the technology is evolving at such a rapid pace.

 

From a company’s perspective, whether you’re in manufacturing or materials processing or even utilities, there’s really no point in connecting things just to have them online. You must have a reason for connecting. So, how do you go about deciding what your team wants from IIoT?

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Randy Zanassi
The Connected Factory

There’s a lot of talk within the industry about getting, and staying, connected. That’s a frightening proposition for some. But in the industrial space, enabling factory connectivity is not really an option. It’s happening as we speak. Think of it as a way of organizing your operations into a consolidated, flexible, and connected way through a centralized platform of sorts. 

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Randy Zanassi
"The Utility of the Future"

The water industry is traditionally known for its conservative approach, from processes and procedures to implementation of new technologies. While this has served the industry well in the past, new market dynamics are forcing water utilities to open up to new approaches and different ways of addressing challenges. The industry is changing – more mergers and acquisitions, more end-user concerns, and increased focus on water infrastructure events such as contaminated water supplies caused by aging equipment and water lines. New demands are driving change across the industry value chain. As a result, industry leaders are approaching usual infrastructure issues in unusual ways.

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Randy Zanassi
A Sensor Christmas Wishlist

The holiday season is upon us.  It’s a time for reflection and growth. A time for wishes and hopes. And dreams. I came across this letter from a plant operator. I can’t vouch for its authenticity, but I for one believe this is real. After all, this is the season for believing…

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Randy Zanassi
What's Trending in IIoT for 2018

As we approach 2018, Presenso, an industry leader in the application of Artificial Intelligence for predictive asset management, outlined some interesting viewpoints for IIoT asset maintenance in the coming year. IIoT will remain a strong core strategy as well as a strategic priority for most industrial manufacturers. IIoT isn’t a fad and won’t be going away anytime soon.

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Randy Zanassi
Why Motors Fail (and what you can do about it!)

I came across an interesting article in a recent edition of Control Engineering. The article, authored by Nicole Dyess, discusses some of the main reasons why industrial motors fail. It outlines “5 drivers of motor failure” that are especially relevant to the solutions offered by TDG Technologies, but which are also quite beneficial for you to know. I’ve summarized the findings here for you.

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Randy Zanassi
When Disaster Strikes

Hurricane Harvey has left a path of destruction in its wake. The flooding in Texas, and especially in Houston, has been devastating. Over 50 inches of rain has immobilized our nation’s 4th largest city and has left thousands of residents stranded, some without shelter or basic necessities like food or water. This once-in-a-lifetime storm underscores the power of water and the devastation it can inflict on a community.

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