The Omnibus (Honore Daumier, 1864)

I Want to Say One Word to You: Batteries!

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Electric Cars: Not So Fast

The future of personal and commercial mobility is undoubtedly electric. But thus far, sales of electric vehicles have been disappointing. A hefty price tag and lack of charging infrastructure continue to stall broad adoption, especially in regions that are afflicted by air pollution and should see high demand for EVs.

Internal combustion vehicles will continue to dominate the new vehicle market for the next five to ten years. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) estimates that by 2030, EVs will make up 44% of all new vehicle sales in Europe, 41% in China, 34% in the US and 17% in Japan. India,  owing to a shortage of charging infrastructure and a lack of affordable EV models, will trail these regions, with only 7% of total sales.

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Five Hammers (Wayne Thiebaud, 1972 )

The Problem With This Big Hammer Called Artificial Intelligence

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Everything is Artificial Intelligence

If your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail.  This overly-user cliché seems very apropos when thinking about the rush to suggest artificial intelligence for practically every system and flaunt machine learning as a silver bullet to solve whatever value the new product or service is purported to provide.

Indeed, AI technology can be very powerful.  Recent advances in machine learning, aided by ubiquitous connectivity and cloud computing, demonstrate how potent this technology is and promise much more to come.  But AI-based systems can also be difficult to build and even more so to perfect and scale and deploy.

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Planetary Folklore (Victor Vasarely, 1969)

Connected PLM: Making Better and Faster Product Lifecyle Decisions

By | Design for X (DFX), PLM, Uncategorized | No Comments

The industrial Internet of Things is breathing a new life into product lifecycle (PLM) practices and PLM software itself.

From its early days, the mantra and promise of product lifecycle management was anchored in the ability to harmonize all product lifecycle activities and frontload complex design and manufacturing. The promised benefits centered on accelerating design and manufacturing ramp up and reducing associated cost by identifying mistakes and resolving conflicts early on, when the cost of design change is still low. Additionally, a centralized repository of reusable designs, best practices, compliance procedures and other objects fosters reuse of enterprise knowledge and experience. These, in turn, reduce the number of design iterations, lower the cost of engineering change orders (ECOs), improve product quality, reduce warranty costs and accelerate time to market.

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Hydrodynamic powered trip hammer machine

China to Build Industrial Internet Standard System by 2025

By | Internet of Things | No Comments

China’s Xinhua news agency announced the country will establish a standard system for the Industrial Internet by 2020. Guideline jointly released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Standardization Administration establish technical standards for key elements of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), including industrial internet resources and platforms, big data and cybersecurity.

The goal is to build an integrated open standards-based IIoT system by 2025.

This announcement is bold, sweeping and vague all at the same time, and does not offer a detailed roadmap and implementation details. Nevertheless, if China is successful in achieving even part of the overall goal, it will have a major effect on the development of IIoT. China’s industrial market size and its continued growth, coupled with other government initiatives in renewable energy targets and aggressive shift to all electric cars will create a tipping point.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Implementing Augmented Reality Without Really Trying

By | AR/VR, Field Service | No Comments

A catchy and optimistic title, isn’t it?

But as some early adopters (yes, we are still in the early adoption phase) can attest to, implementing a successful augmented reality (AR) system can be tricky.

For decades, the bold vision of AR pioneers was limited by bulky hardware and inadequate computing power of early generation AR systems.

Today, HoloLens, RealWear and other AR hardware make wearable AR far more practical, and AR editing software such as Vuforia makes content creation and delivery within easy reach. Still, over-enthusiastic vendors of AR-based products showcase systems that look great on paper, sorry – on head-mounted display, but fail to demonstrate meaningful end-user value. The gap between increasingly more capable hardware and software and broad industry adoption continues to widen.

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