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Lead art here. COVER STORY IoT and industrial AI: Mining intelligence from industrial things By Renee Bassett Artificial intelligence applications can improve asset man- agement, process decision making, or business agility, so the time to think about industrial AI is now. Here's how to understand what it can do, how IoT feeds it, and how to start a pilot project of your own. PROCESS AUTOMATION 18 Analytics next: beyond spreadsheets By Michael Risse Data analytics hype has often exceeded reality in the process industries, but this situation is changing for the better. FACTORY AUTOMATION 22 Why bother with a digital twin? By Joseph Ting and Duncan Micklem Is the "digital twin" just another empty marketing buzzword, or is there true value in embarking on the journey to develop accurate twins? This article exam - ines the needs and uses for digital twins in industrial plants and outlines their key benefits to operations management. SYSTEM INTEGRATION 30 Device management made more efficient By Robert Glaser Industrial devices—from robots to field devices, con- troller programs to drive systems—all have their own programming languages and data formats. Software version-control systems can make maintaining these assets easier. AUTOMATION IT 34 Acoustic monitoring systems By Rudolf Muench, Dipl.-Ing. An acoustic monitoring system overcomes some shortcomings of classical monitoring systems. Apply - ing cloud-based machine learning algorithms enables the detection of anomalies and clustering of typical machine behaviors. The acoustic monitoring system emphasizes security and privacy regarding communi - cation and prevents any interference with the safety and control system by design. 10 July/August 2019 | Vol. 66, Issue 4 4 INTECH JULY/AUGUST 2019 WWW.ISA.ORG

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