Grantek’s Sam Russem Answers What Is Data Analytics?

February 1, 2021

ISA Interchange

ISA Interchange, the official blog of the International Society of Automation (ISA) features an article which examines data analytics and the common categories of data analytics. This article, titled: “What Is Data Analytics?“, was written by Sam Russem, Grantek’s Director of Smart Manufacturing Practice. Sam also serves as the leader of the ISA Smart Manufacturing & IIoT (SMIIoT) Division’s Digital Twin and Simulation committee.

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“We may soon see more manufacturing assets contributing to datasets through IIoT devices and advances in networking. Previously siloed data sources may soon experience more connectivity and collaboration. Advancements in computational power and analytics tools may enable more in-depth insights. More ready-made use cases may provide more value out-of-the-box. And more people will be eager to leverage these tools and insights to perform their jobs better.”
– ISA Interchange, January 2021

Sam has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing execution and automation system design. As the Director of Grantek’s Smart Manufacturing Practice he is responsible for guiding customers and Grantek through the world of Smart Manufacturing: assessing industry trends, curating cutting-edge technology, and constructing roadmaps for achieving operational excellence. Sam also serves as the leader of the ISA SMIIoT Division’s Digital Twin and Simulation committee. He focuses on the strategic and practical application of Industry 4.0 technologies for manufacturers.


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