IIOT WIIFM: Machine and Equipment Health

OK, perhaps I went a little crazy with the acronyms in the title but it is Wednesday afternoon and I couldn't come up with anything else.  The point of the post however is not that the title is loaded with strange acronyms, but that GE has a tangible, real IIOT application that you can begin reaping the benefits of today.

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What does an Industrial Internet Control System look like?

In my last post (read it here), I brought up the concept of Industrial Internet Control Systems (IICS) and put up a video from GE that described the concept and what they were doing to make these types of systems viable and useful for their customers. But what exactly does one of these controllers look like?

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A Control System for the Industrial Internet

We've all heard the buzz for quite a while now about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the emergence of Industry 4.0; last week, my counterpart Carl, posted a video that gives a quick overview of GE's Predix, which is GE's take on the IIoT(see his post by clicking here). I find a lot of the conversation surrounding the Industrial Internet is about cloud connectivity and Edge devices, talking about outcomes and what we can expect from the this connected world, and while that is the most important part of the message, it falls short of actually talking about how to make it actually happen. So how are companies like GE going to make the IIoT happen for their customers?

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