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Data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be

Access and run disparate data streams in parallel for innovative analyses, better decisions and optimized production.

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All the richest, juiciest, most actionable data isn't worth spit if it can't be accessed. And all the most sophisticated analytical software, algorithms and techniques are just as worthless if they can't crunch that data to enable better decisions and optimize operations, production and profit. There's no point in either if they can't work together.In the badder old days, obstacles between raw, detailed plant-floor data and thorough, timely analysis were mountainous. Data points, signals and parameters were manually gathered and entered on paper or old computerized spreadsheets, which were hard to organize and easy to lose. Plus, not only was the collection process…

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The latest trends, technology and implementations on the topic of HMIs and industrial computers are detailed in this new eBook from the editors of Control. Topics covered include: HMI requirements, device protection, safety, and more. Download it here.


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Many of today's data analytics tools and software are simpler and easier to use, and generate more useful information and decisions. Curiously, the main hurdle is convincing potential users that analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be. Read the issue.


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    By Jim Montague

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