LightStay will be in the spotlight at the Hilton Worldwide EMEA engineer’s conference

ei3 is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Hilton Worldwide EMEA Chief Engineer’s conference taking place from February 3rd through 5th 2015 at the beautiful new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti. Ei3 will be present at the LightStay booth in the exhibition area along with Hilton Worldwide Sustainability personnel to provide demonstrations and answer questions. LightStay is Hilton Worldwide’s sustainability improvement methodology.  At the conference a new version LightStay will be introduced that has improved tools for analysis of Sustainability factors normalized for weather, occupancy and property features. Using a continuous improvement process of Measure, Report, Learn and Improve, the LightStay web application  gathers consumption data and reports on Sustainability. Today LightStay has a reviewed and accurate compilation of data for more that 4200 properties in 94 countries and 18,000 improvement projects.  On the afternoon of the first day of the conference Ei3 will present the new LightStay features in the break-out sessions at the […]

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Remote Monitoring Boosts OEE

Remote monitoring in the cloud provides an enhanced solution for OEE If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered World Class. However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE. The disparity drives the growing adoption of cloud-based, OEE measurement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions embedded throughout the manufacturing line. According to a 2013 report by Mint Jutras, 22% of all manufacturing and distribution software installed supports SaaS-based applications, and that number is projected to grow to 45% over the next ten years.1 It takes more than baby steps—manual Excel calculations, incompatible measurements, or systems that don’t disseminate data until after something has gone wrong—to make strides to the top scores. As SaaS becomes more compatible with machinery, the opportunity to […]

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The Industrial Internet of Plastics

By Spencer Cramer Published in Plastics Today on October 24th, 2014 Predictions concerning the economic impact of the Industrial Internet, also known as the Internet of Things (IoT), are simply staggering. One estimate suggests a boost to global GDP by as much as $10-15 trillion over the next 20 years, [Source: The Industrial Internet@Work, General Electric]. The hype behind the Industrial Internet stems from its unique ability to create new efficiencies and accelerate growth in productivity. The plastics sector, which represents the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, stands to benefit significantly from the improved efficiencies enabled by IoT. Plastics facilities that integrate IoT solutions into their remote monitoring activities can see value added to their operations through three interrelated dimensions: enhanced data gathering, advanced analytics and remote service. Data gathering Evaluating efficiency must go beyond measuring a specific machine’s uptime if manufacturers want to understand how well their entire operation works together at […]

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Packaging Machines go from Remote Monitoring to the Industrial Internet

Powering packaging performance into the future By Spencer Cramer Published in Packaging Digest on October 1st, 2014 [divider_spacing] Current remote monitoring systems allow operators and managers to react immediately to changes on the plant floor. But what if this connectivity could enable packaging engineers to do so much more? There is plenty of talk these days about the Internet of Things and wearable tech. We see this everywhere we go—everything from wristbands that monitor our step counts and heart rates, to Internet-enabled watches, to Google Glass. The approaching ubiquity of these devices is seen in many circles as a breakthrough. While the consumer fascination with these capabilities is relatively new, what is often lost in the conversation is this: Packaging companies have been building networks that connect machines for years—most often referred to as the “Industrial Internet”—and machinery manufacturers have increasingly been enabling this connectivity across the machines they build. [divider_spacing] Over the last decade and […]

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Spencer Cramer Interviewed on The IoT Uplink

The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring This week I did a web interview with Jeff Reinke for the latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement.  Jeff’s show focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.  I appreciate Jeff’s work producing this show because it helps to build an awareness of the business value of the Internet of Things.  By inviting guests to participate Jeff is helping develop the IoT community within manufacturing.  My part starts around 2:00 in, enjoy…  

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Ei3 Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium

Montvale, NJ (July 15, 2014) –Ei3 announced today that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, an organization created in response to the growing challenges and innovations of the Industrial Internet. The consortium is comprised of firms on the frontier of emerging machine to machine (M2M) technology, which enables for processing of massive datasets between networked machines. Ei3 is a natural fit for the consortium. Over the last 15 years, the company has been on the cutting edge of technology for the connection of machinery and networking centers; enabling advanced remote monitoring as well as data collection, analysis and storage – all with the highest possible digital security and operation on a global scale. While proprietary technological innovations are largely controlled through the use of patents, the Industrial Internet Consortium offers an open forum for industry leaders to jointly explore the frontier of M2M technology. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Intel, & IBM in […]

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Ei3 Joins Manufacturing Industry Coalition OMAC

Montvale, NJ (March 7, 2014) – Contributing to efforts that help shape the manufacturing industry worldwide, Ei3 Corporation, a global leader in remote monitoring and remote services technology for machine manufacturers, has joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC). Company leaders at Ei3 believe that the ISA88 Technical Report developed by OMAC’s packaging workgroup for the PackML standard will enable machines to become more easily integrated into manufacturing lines, and operated and maintained thereafter.  As a member of OMAC, Ei3 plans to participate actively in the development of these standards as they apply to remote monitoring. For the last decade, OMAC has been developing PackML as a standard set of models and procedures designed to improve efficiencies in system performance and programming. Since its inception, PackML has been implemented across a wide variety of control platforms. “OMAC has done amazing work in defining standards that help unify the global manufacturing community,” said Spencer […]

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IoT Opens a Pandora’s Box of Cyber-Attacks

Submitted by Kishore Jethanandani via The Mobility Hub [divider_spacing] M2M devices had an isolated existence in industrial plants, utilities, hospitals, transportation, and smart buildings. Security from cyber-attacks was not a concern. As M2M devices are increasingly exposed to the larger world of the Internet with application programming interfaces, their ubiquity is haunting the IT world with the prospect of pervasive and catastrophic cyber-attacks that will affect sensitive industrial controls and medical devices. A security breach could cause physical harm as large facilities are subverted. The protection of the Internet of Things is fraught with unique challenges, especially because the software is embedded in the hardware device and is wrapped up with the core of the intellectual property. It’s often not possible to patch and update embedded software remotely and continuously to keep it safe without disassembling the hardware — at the risk of downtime and damage to the interconnected software. Some protocols, such as Modbus, are not designed to secure […]

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