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Chad Jackson

Chad Jackson

As Chief Analyst, Chad Jackson leads Lifecycle Insights’ research and thought leadership programs, attends and speaks at industry events, and reviews emerging technology solutions. As CEO, Chad defines Lifecycle Insights’ vision and change initiatives. Chad’s twenty-five-year career has focused on improving executives’ ability to reap value from technology-led initiatives. He has surveyed thousands of manufacturers, produced hundreds of research and thought leadership publications, and presented dozens of times domestically and internationally. He imparts an influential, independent, and insightful voice on the industry’s transition to smart, connected products.

Smart factory

Understanding The Smart Factory Initiative

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere. Products are undergoing a period of mass digitalization, with physical devices increasingly connecting to the online world and gathering and sharing data to help people optimize their...

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Virtual Commissioning: Making the Case

Virtual commissioning promises a lot of value. Engineers can explore various alternatives while developing production systems. Virtual commissioning helps them avoid long nights of physical commissioning during installation. This tech-led initiative can save engineers...

Virtual Prototyping a Smart Factory

Virtual Prototyping of Production Systems

In today’s smart manufacturing initiatives, everybody’s talking about streaming data from equipment into the cloud and performing analysis, but how do you know if it will work? Let’s talk about virtual prototyping a production...

AI & DIgital Twins for Smart Manufacturing

AI and Digital Twins for Smart Manufacturing

How can digital twins and artificial intelligence (AI) be used to develop production systems? Let’s talk about that next. Hey there, and welcome. If you’re looking for guidance on technology-led initiatives, you might want...

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Virtual Commissioning in Germany

The manufacturing and automation industry has become a fast-evolving, competitive market. Product requirement demands are always increasing, making the adoption of new techniques a key requirement for success. The German automotive industry has been...

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Virtual Commissioning in the Packaging Industry

New product delivery has become more challenging in recent years, in many ways. Consumers now expect endless variation in products. This means manufacturers must be more flexible in creating new products and the new...

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The Blurring Line between Virtual Commissioning and Digital Twins

FMI, IoT, AR, VR, MBD, digital thread. What do they stand for? People can feel like they are drowning in TLAs (three-letter acronyms) and other unintelligible terms. Not only that, but the meaning of...

digital thread and virtual commissioning

The Digital Thread: Is It Applicable to Virtual Commissioning?

Digitization is complicated. Every such project relies on the coordination and confluence of many different components – and those components aren’t just technical in nature. You have to manage your people, processes, and technologies...

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MBSE and Virtual Commissioning: Do the Two Intersect?

The digital revolution is upon us – in virtually every global industry. Products today are smarter than ever, embedded with complex technology and architectures.  Things like nanotechnology, compact sensors, and small printed circuit boards...

Software for smart connected products

Developing Software for Production Systems vs. Smart, Connected Products

In our hyper-digitized times, more companies than ever before employ software in smart, connected products. For some, that software drives automation in complex production systems in manufacturing, packaging, and other factory environments. For others,...