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The most read articles of Industrial Internet Now in 2015

The past year has brought numerous new advancements in the field of the industrial internet, and also sparked a great deal of thought-provoking discussion and articles. Some of the most discussed topics this year include those relating to hackathons, leadership and the change in the tasks of the industrial workforce. Below are the five most read articles in Industrial Internet Now in 2015.

5. Big data a key factor at the beginning of the supply chain

Jacqui Taylor, CEO of FlyingBinary, explained why people are the key for the Internet of Things. Taylor gives concrete advice on what a company should pay attention to when the transformation initiated by big data starts. Taylor explains that the technology on its own is there, but the question is what you can do with it, and how you’re going to explain the impact and the transformation that is needed in the organization. Nonetheless, using big data technology to construct the supply chain in a new way allows you to put your focus on the customer in a way that has never been possible before.

4. Industrial Internet changes the way we approach a machine

How has the way of operating a machine changed with the Industrial Internet? Juha Pankakoski, CDO at Konecranes aims to explain how the changing technology gives us new ways to operate machinery, and what possibilities this brings for businesses. According to Pankakoski, new technology and the Industrial Internet enable us to rethink existing processes. In his experience, the amount of possibilities and benefits brought on by those applications often exceed all expectations.

3. How to hack an industrial crane

First ever IndustryHack Hackathon event was held on February 6-8. The Hackathon was the first to be organized as part of the IndustryHack series of ten industrial Hackathons, and the article addresses some of the key results from the event. The winning application in this Hackathon was an application developed by Valuemotive. The winning team’s idea focused on the customers’ challenges and included integration of ERP systems and crane operation.

2. Key findings from the Industry of Things World Survey report 2015

A report on a large survey sent to hundreds of IoT-professionals around the globe. Although many of the results were as expected, there were also a number of striking findings. Maria Relaki, Director of Product & Content at we.CONECT Global Leaders, shares some of the key insights the study found. According to Relaki, a decisive factor for companies aiming to be the early birds in IoT adoption is the presence of an innovative and forward-looking leadership.

1. New renaissance in manufacturing

Gary Mintchell, an acclaimed writer, advisor and speaker on technology and manufacturing shared his thoughts on the ups and downs of digitalization and what role humans play in the process of manufacturing goods in the future. The technological developments allow us to focus on how we can further use technology like robotics, working alongside people to make processes more effective and, furthermore, how we can have people and technology working together safely.

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IoT creates flexibility and optimized manufacturing processes

Industrial Internet for manufacturing is quickly affecting the efficiency and down time of factories. Predictive maintenance and flexible manufacturing concepts are making it easier to fix problems and adapt to the fast changing conditions companies face every day. From automotive to pulp-and-paper, these innovations make companies more creative in their offerings and help them to be more competitive. The concept of a smart factory is deeply discussed in a Control Engineering article by Daymon Thompson. “Manufacturers need flexible manufacturing lines that can quickly adapt to rapidly changing customer demands. This calls for flexible machines that are able to run a multitude of product types, with the ultimate goal of profitably production at reduced lot sizes, enabling a complex mixture of products to be run and filled on-demand,” Thompson writes. Read more about how Industrial Internet could be put into smart factories at:

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Via Control Engineering

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Hacking and Innovation Webinar – practical findings from Konecranes hackathons

Konecranes’ recent IndustryHack events were about realizing concrete results from the welter of ideas. Now an upcoming webinar will get right to the heart of the most practical findings of the events, with the focus firmly on how these will impact Konecranes’ culture of innovation.

IndustryHack presented hackers with the toughest of challenges; the extraction of real customer value from the sometimes intangible world of the Industrial Internet. The 30 minute webinar will sum up the most intriguing concepts, some of which are already at the implementation stage.

Jari Pehkonen, Industrial Internet Service Development Manager, will be speaking at the webinar, explaining the forward-thinking impetus behind IndustryHack,

“The design work of cranes and their control systems has been driven to become more team work-orientated and the development process has become more agile. Each member of the team has a specific task, whether it’s system development, interface design or testing”.

According to Pehkonen, the teams at Konecranes consist of young talents and professionals with extensive experience.

“This has created team spirit and fostered a culture of team work in a new way, improving the quality of the systems created and leading to an environment of innovation, where employees with different backgrounds and experience level learn from each other. This culture also enables new and bold events such as the hackathons”.

Webinar will shed light on new ways of working

Andrew Quinn, Process and Training Owner, will also be speaking at the webinar, presenting real case studies from IndustryHack and explaining how the Industrial Internet can change the workplace for the better.

As Quinn says, “One of the big ideas was inspecting without inspection; a new way of gathering data from various machines and utilizing this, so that when our technicians actually go to site they already know what work needs to be carried out”.

This webinar will be a must for anyone interested in the pragmatic realization of the Industrial Internet and takes place on December 8, 2015 at 3PM (UTC +2h).

Webinar recording can be found here:

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Ask Our Experts: A case example for Pulp & Paper industries

Doesn’t the use of Industrial Internet just make things more complicated and vulnerable?

The converting line operator has a practical problem because he has no rolls coming in on the conveyor from the automatic warehouse. He couldn’t care less about any “Industrial Internet“.

George R, United States

Thank you for your question, George.

To solve the mentioned problem and get the rolls moving in as soon as possible, remote connection can in fact provide valuable help.

Through a remote connection, the crane automation specialist can immediately see from the log-files that the crane has stopped precisely at 15:07:43 hours with its load hanging in the roll gripper on the top of the outfeed conveyor. He can also see the rolls ID number, its diameter, width and weight.

A missing hardwired safety signal from the conveyor is traced from the short term data logs in a few minutes. With the cameras on board the crane, the specialist can also see that there is no roll on the conveyor output and that it’s empty.

A safety signal is released by the conveyor automation (PLC) when the conveyor is empty and ready to receive a roll and if not released, the crane is stopped within a safety distance to avoid collision risk. Now – with this information- the operator can check the conveyor and either drive it empty on manual command or reset it and let the process go on.

This way the remote connection, sensoring and video monitoring on board the crane can save hours of troubleshooting time.

Hannu Piispanen, Industry Specialist, Pulp and Paper, Konecranes


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Hannu Piispanen

Hannu Piispanen works as Industry Specialist, Pulp and Paper, at Konecranes

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IoT upgrades manufacturing companies from traditional to pioneers

Big data is one innovation that is developing manufacturing to be even more of a high-tech pioneer industry. According to Irish Times, one of the reasons for this is that the industry is at the top in terms of the amount of data it generates. “Traditionally, manufacturing has been a very conservative industry, but over the last two to three years, with the technologies of the internet of things, they’ve been able to unleash a new level of productivity,” says Maciej Kranz, vice-president of the corporate technology group at Cisco.  Read more about the role of manufacturing as a Big Data front runner:

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Via The Irish Times

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