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Big Data Meets Measurement in Manufacturing

Big Data Meets Measurement in Manufacturing

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Published by Lucky Saggi
Big Data headlines not only tech news but also popular news—as
in what’s the government doing with all the information it’s storing
about us. Big Data comprises just a twig compared with the fullgrown
oak that Big Analog Data can generate. National Instruments
Fellow Tom Bradicich mentioned twice in separate interviews during
NIWeek last month that all of the analog data acquired from manufacturing
and products—a.k.a. the Internet of Things (IoT)—dwarfs
what is currently known as Big Data.
Big Data headlines not only tech news but also popular news—as
in what’s the government doing with all the information it’s storing
about us. Big Data comprises just a twig compared with the fullgrown
oak that Big Analog Data can generate. National Instruments
Fellow Tom Bradicich mentioned twice in separate interviews during
NIWeek last month that all of the analog data acquired from manufacturing
and products—a.k.a. the Internet of Things (IoT)—dwarfs
what is currently known as Big Data.

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TACTICAL BRIEF
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Big Data Meets Measurement in Manufacturing
All of the analog data acquired from manufacturing and products—a.k.a. the Internet of Things (IoT)— dwarfs what is currently known as Big Data.
By Gary Mintchell, Automation World Co-Founder
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ig Data headlines not only tech news but also popular news—as
in what’s the government doing with all the informaon it’s stor
-ing about us. Big Data comprises just a twig compared with the full-
grown oak that Big Analog Data can generate. Naonal Instruments Fellow Tom Bradicich menoned twice in separate interviews during NIWeek last month that all of the analog data acquired from manu
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facturing and products—a.k.a. the Internet of Things (IoT)—dwarfs
what is currently known as Big Data.
When thinking about data, consider the ow. First is acquision
from analog measurements. This may or may not be used in real
me. Then there is data in moon and data at rest. Finally there is
archiving the data. Then characterize data by where it is. The insight
comes from how the data is used. Real me is important if you are monitoring a motor about to catch re. On the other hand, maybe
you want to go through three years of data to look for trend.
“In test and measurement, we might debate with IT about whose data is bigger,” Bradicich says. “It’s not just size, but also velocity. When data leaves NI devices, it’s in moon. Then rst it hits a switch, server or workstaon. Now it is at rest in an IT server. Now the IT world takes over for analycs, then archiving. The queson for us is, Where do customers want to derive insight? Maybe closer to the instrument, or maybe later at the desk. The four variables of data classically are volume, velocity, variety and value. We have added a h—visibility—for who needs to see and analyze results.Since NI is a measurement company, it has partnered with several companies to bring a Big Data soluon. IBM has become a close partner—not surprising given that NI’s senior vice president of R&D and Bradicich are both from IBM. Specically, the product from IBM is InfoSphere Streams, part of the IBM Big Data plaorm. It processes vast amounts of generated streaming data in real me and allows user-developed applicaons to quickly ingest, analyze and correlate informaon as it arrives from thousands of real-me sources. The soluon can handle very high data throughput rates—up to millions
of events or messages per second.
Terabytes of data
An NI partner, Phasor Measurement, has developed a soluon to
monitor the electric power grid. Bradicich says it can generate 5 TB
of data per month. A wind turbine can generate 10 TB per day, and a  jet engine can generate 20 TB per hour. It’s easy to see how this fast, streaming data could add up quickly.Duke Energy built a system to conquer the problem of monitor
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ing and analyzing diagnoscs of its “fossil fuel eet” of generang plants. The old way sent condion monitoring specialists to each site with handheld data collecon devices. The company gured that the
 
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specialists spent 80 percent of their me merely collecng data while using only 20 percent of their me actually analyzing the data. Imple
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menng a Big Analog Data soluon, predic
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ve maintenance specialists in remote centers watch key signatures from equipment and note abnormalies. They can then compare these
signatures when necessary to a fault signature
database and take correcve acon much more quickly.When you delve into the guts of a buzzword, somemes you nd a soluon to some intrac
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table problems. So, don’t get turned o by all
the hype of Big Data. See how you can use it to solve your major engineering problems.

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