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Xcelerate20 Features Kevin Clark with Fluke Reliability and the need for Digitalizing Condition Monitoring

In this week's Industrial Talk Podcast we're talking about the virtual event of the year- Fluke Reliability’s Xcelerate20!  Home to 3 powerful iconic brands – Pruftechnik, eMaint, Fluke Connect and Accelix. (that right-the guys with the black and yellow tools are FAR more than just hardware!)  Join forward-thinking maintenance & reliability pros as they gather, learn,  get inspired and become resilient.  On air we are speaking Kevin Clark, Vice President – Accelix at Fluke Reliability about “Digitalizing Condition Monitoring as the Basis of ALL Predictive Programs”.  Below is a quick summary of Kevin's Xcelerate20 conference topic.  You can find out more about Kevin by the links below.

“I’m guessing most have already heard of Condition Monitoring (CM)!? And I’m also guessing most are already performing some form of CM!? In fact, I would venture to guess that predictive analytics and advanced technologies may already be on your strategic radar for 2021 and beyond. If so, join us for an informative session focusing on how something you already understand and already doing, may be your most important and impactful advancement towards Industry 4.0”

Finally, get your exclusive free access to the Industrial Academy and a series on “Why You Need To Podcast” for Greater Success in 2020. All links designed for keeping you current in this rapidly changing Industrial Market. Learn! Grow! Enjoy!

KEVIN'S CONTACT INFORMATION:

Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarkk/

Company LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/fluke-corporation/

Company Website:  https://www.fluke.com/en-us/

Company Twitter:  https://twitter.com/FlukeCorp

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Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's go. Alright, welcome to the industrial talk podcast absolute honor, as always, that you have decided to join us on the industrial talk podcast. Because this podcast is a celebration of you, the women of men of industry, the women of men of manufacturing, and everything in between you are bold, and you are brave, you dare greatly you innovate like nobody's business. You're making my life and lives around the world better. Thank you very much. And that's why we celebrate you here. In an industrial talk hot seat, we've got a gentleman by the name of Kevin Clark, Fluke reliability is the company we're gonna be talking about digitizing condition monitoring. And he knows what he's talking about. I'm telling you right now he knows exactly what we're talking about. Alright, let's get cracking.

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Yeah.

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Now I've interviewed Kevin before.

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He knows his stuff, brings mad street cred when it comes to all of the stuff about reliability, knowing what to do, how to approach it, how to get the greatest bang for the buck. If you are an company, and you're looking to figure out what to do from a reliability perspective, you might not you might have something called your whatever it might be, and you're looking for a solution, or you're looking for help, or you're looking for insight. If you're just looking for somebody to connect with you right now. Kevin Clark is the man. Put that down, I'm telling you right, now, put that down. All right. Let's get a paper and pencil out paper because you need this. You need to participate in this particular conference accelerate. that's spelled Xcelerate20. Go out there. It is a virtual conference. It is November 17. through November 19. And it's going to be featuring some top individuals top talent, insightful, innovative professionals in the world of industry in the world of manufacturing in the world of reliability, leading big time leading, leading and leading, alright. So go out there. Fluke reliability is putting it on accelerate 20 November 17.

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through November 19, do not miss don't don't come to me and say Scott, I wish I didn't. I wish I had participated but I just didn't have it in my time. You have the time. You do. And Kevin Clark is going to be speaking there. As long as as well as Blair Frazier, as well as Susan Greeman. As Jeff. Hey, Klaus Blache, you've heard him on this interview. You've heard him on this podcast. They are absolute rock stars. Alright, let's look at what we've got going. Now, one of the things that I'm always fascinated with and this is where Kevin really does a great job is

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we're inundated. we're inundated with a lot of information about Industry 4.0 data, how do we make our business better? stronger, faster? That's a Steve Austin reference, if you're checking that out, and where do I go? What do I do first? How do I get the greatest bang for the buck? I mean, there's there. I mean, you can get really distracted by all of the shiny objects out there when it pertains to reliability when it pertains to IoT, IoT, all of the terms that are in the Industry4.0 lexicon. But what I found and what I've distilled it down to a couple of things, one, it's always a people and culture that achieve success, right? You know, if you have a team that's all on board, and it's great, and all that wonderful stuff, and you have a great culture that supports it, the likelihood of a successful implementation just dramatically improves. The other thing that I've just realized, I've always realized but you're going to have to seek out if you're looking for answers if you're looking to collaborate with the right people. Kevin Carr Clark is definitely the and his team at Fluke reliability. That's who you want to reach out to. They know exactly what to do and and they have a history to prove it. That's right. So that's who's in the hot seat. All right, Kevin Clark, Vice President Accelix a cc, Li x is in the hot seat. We're going to be talking about digitizing good

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Mission monitoring. He's got three points out there, some of the roadblocks, and we had a great conversation. He's really pretty, pretty talented gent. Alright, enjoy the conversation. All right, Kevin Clark. Welcome to the industrial talk podcast. And

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I was excited about this interview. And we've been listeners, we've been talking. I don't know. It's been it seems like two hours. We've been talking before we got this podcast rolling, because he's that engaging. Kevin? How are you doing? joining Scott. Thanks for having me.

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I am I'm pretty excited, man. I'm thinking to myself, yeah, right. I've got it down on my notes. And I'm going on right. I'm gonna be talking to Kevin, he's with Fluke.

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You know, anyway, for the listeners out there. Let's get a little 411 on who Kevin is. Because you are you got a mad stat card out there on LinkedIn. And now here, you're saying to yourself, Scott, his name is Kevin Clark. You nobody, Kevin Clark's are out there? Yeah, there are a lot. Yeah, just yeah, a lot. Just comma slapping Fluke, you're good to go. And you'll find them that way. So give us a background there, Kevin? Well, to be honest, Scott, there's a lot of Kevin Clark's out there that are an asset management. So it makes it pretty interesting when you're trying to find the right one. I'll take credit for all the good stuff out there on all the Kevin Clark's the negative stuff all

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the other Ken Clark, that's the guy with a different middle name. They spell Clark with the K. Yeah, something like that. Something like that. But that he on the end, or whatever it is, but right. Gives a background. Yeah. So for me, I've been in the business for over 30 years, started out maintenance, turning wrenches. And so I've I've lived it spent a decade doing that went back to college, custom education. And some people might say it messed up my career at that point. Others might say I helped my career. I'm still undecided. But you're staggered. I'm telling you. I mean, if you're turning the wrench or you've been there, done that, you've got the grubby toss. You've got the street cred to say, Yeah, I know where we're doing. Yeah, yeah. And I grew up on the farm. So that also helps me only fix it when I need to fix it. Right. And so you don't you don't crack it open unless it's broke. Yeah. So but it's sometimes it's hard to get out of your head and there's reasons why you would but anyway,

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so I've I I worked really hard going back to college to get out of maintenance and that that didn't work. So failure there. It's kind of like that car you know that you know it's out of alignment driving down the road and and it keeps pulling you towards the ditch? Yeah. Ditch being maintenance

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kept laughing hard out my parents had a car that just did that. And I remember telling him going can you get this this thing's kicking my tail. I'm worn out after you drive in your car because it wants to go off. Yeah, right pulley Yeah, I don't want my career did but somehow someway, I ended up in skater system software.

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But it ended up after a few years of doing manufacturing SCADA systems ended up doing more maintenance collecting data for maintenance systems than deploying maintenance systems around the world for Johnson and Johnson then

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got deeper into the mobile technologies and, and that but it was always towards asset management and asset health. And we just didn't call it that then.

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And so we were fighting hard for technologies. And I went through those years, I even had a vice president that I was trying to get capital appropriation dollars for mobile technology. It was only $50,000 It wasn't like a huge project, it was just for a single site. And so it's 50 K. And I bumped into him in the hallway one day, and he goes, Hey, I signed your I signed your appropriation for your toys. That was 20 years ago, he called my mobile devices, my toys.

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And I think today, we wouldn't call them toys. So you know, I've done iterations, I've gone through those iterations in my career of, of, of automation and, and asset management and, and we're now at a point, you know, kind of a combination, where I even had an opportunity to go back and pull one of my old legacy systems out and and replace it with today's technology. So I've had the ability or the the, I guess the the luxury of going back and, and calling one of my systems legacy. That's that's a little tough to take at times. I was gonna say, yeah, gray legacy system. Oh my gosh, yeah. But here's the thing that finally I ended up. No, I was gonna say, you're a trailblazer when it comes to this, I mean, you've seen it you you've started when

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the communication was around. I think we could do a better job at managing these these pieces of equipment. They I don't even know if it were even called assets ever. It's like that pump, that motor that whatever. We can do a better job. We don't have to sit there and be like,

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reactionary, what can we do to be a little bit more predictive? In a sense? Yeah, for sure. And you know, when you start talking about think about the technology that I was dealing with back then it was good technology. But it was hard, right? So it wasn't as as easy as it is today. It's just connect an old asset to a system. And so the return on investment just wasn't there. I don't care how hard we worked. And how fluffed up we made that return on investment. It just, it really wasn't there, the only way you could really justify it was if you were in a regulated industry or something where you had to have the data, yeah, then it was much easier to justify and the return on investment didn't have to be as strong, you can base it off the criticality of the asset. And then, you know, you could pretty much buy anything you need to, but today, the return on investment is there, I don't care if it's a highly critical asset are starting to get into your low criticality assets, your technology is a viable option today. Yeah, it's it's, it's the price point, but it's a level of sophistication that exists on these devices. It was, it was weird, Kevin, it's like, I understand exactly that the capital outlay the justification for doing something on a critical asset. So you had to, okay, it's gonna cost X to dig the ditch and I got a hard wired, I gotta plug it in, I gotta figure it out. And it's gonna be just where do I store the data, and everything was just a big deal for a, a piece of equipment. But now all of a sudden, it's like, now, we've solved the, we solved the storage problem. It's, it's a cloud, it's there, it's all ready to go. We saw their price. And we just don't have to worry about drawn, you know, digging a ditch to get the wire connected to that asset. It's all that it's all wireless. Is there, right? Yeah. But you know, a little bit more history, Scott, and you relate to this as well is that

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I was one of those guys that was responsible for connect or that for creating data, data silos. So I created those, along with a whole bunch of others, we created those and back then we thought it was the right thing to do was to replace or build that data up into. And we didn't call it a silo at that point. But we thought it was connectable but then, you know, later when we tried to connect them, it was really hard. And we were not backtracking figure it out and connecting silos. And after you get the data, I know there's nuggets in there. I know their goal. Yeah, you know, stuff in there. I've got a mind in some way, shape, or form. But how do I do that? I it's a data tsunami, where, wow, what do ya trailblazers? So you guys kept at it?

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Yeah. You know, and,

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yes, we kept at it. And I think we kept deploying systems over and over and over. And I think the repetition of deploying systems has taught us an awful lot about why it was wrong. I think I think some of the things that are messing with us these days are versions. So when when we, when we have to upgrade a version, it could cost us literally millions of dollars, just to upgrade to the next version, you know, but when you get on your smartphone, and you want to upgrade your version of an app, on your smartphone, it could be matter of seconds or minutes. And it's upgraded. And it's generally free. Yeah, so we're dealing with that. Yeah, we're dealing with that over here in our in our personal stuff. But over here in business, some for some reason, we have these major version changes, and it cost millions of dollars. Yeah. So I think we're trying to find, you know, that common ground in there, how do we how do we start to get away from the versions and the big dollars associated to it, make it make sense to how we work with apps, and it just happens? It just happens, right? And I get up, I go to my best ability, and it's just boom, hey, check it out. I got a new version here. Okay.

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And nothing really. I mean, I don't get interrupted in my, my workflow, and what I'm trying to do and what I'm focused on, it just happened magically. And I think that that's a powerful value proposition, which then brings us in a segue of the topic that I would love to be able to begin to expand upon. And that's the digital digitalizing of condition monitoring, because we've already, you know, we established the fact that you were a trailblazer, and you were doing everything that you can and now we're at a point where it's digitalizing, that condition monitoring and that process, what does that mean?

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So digitalizing condition monitoring isn't new. So that's one thing that we need to make clear. We've been dead we've been digitalizing condition monitoring for hardware to constantly just, yeah, yeah, well off the tongue. It is and it's not really a word that I prefer to use, but you have to in order to separate from what we were doing in the past and and you know, digitalizing and

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Moving your organization to something that's that's less manual and more automated is really all digitalization is and using the technology that's readily accessible to us on the market. And so

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we're going to be talking about it specifically in the condition monitoring space digitalization is going on all over the world. In a condition monitoring space, we're a bit behind.

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Where were

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we set up an awful lot of barriers, an awful lot of roadblocks that really slow us down. And in order to do that, and in some cases, we overanalyze, and we really, you know, take a look at it from a perspective of dollars and cents, rather than how do I get the most data that I can possibly get that adds value to my process. But that's interesting. I've had this conversation a number of times. So if you can get data, there's never never any issue with getting data, it's the getting the is getting the right data that you can analyze that makes tactical decisions. And it's like an artist, when you're when you're painting a picture, when do you pull back and stop and say I got it. It's like the same thing with data. It's like, I got it, I've got I've got a great set of data that I like, and it makes me make better decisions. But there's never a stop to that. Right? It's like, I'm constantly looking for more data, make my decision? And there's like, isn't there a sort of a drop up and incremental drop off of value?

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Yeah, there definitely is, and go back to that term that we talked about earlier. You know, asset health. Yeah. And so the example I can give, there's anybody goes to a doctor these days, I don't care if it's in out in the middle of Indiana,

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down the middle of nowhere, that doctors typically going to have an iPad, and they're going to be looking at your stats, the information your past that you're going to be looking at the stats that he just collected from you today. And he's going to be able to make an assessment of how well you're doing from, from a physical standpoint. And, and what what's interesting is he's taking that or let's say the app that he's working with, is taking that information and it's at, it's comparing it to an expected norm, based on my age based on my

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physique based on a whole bunch of things, right? history, generic, whatever.

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Right? Yeah. And then the expected norms, it's no different than what we're doing with assets these days, where we're, we're collecting information, maybe there's maybe there's a heavy amount of vibration that's coming off that asset, maybe there's temperature swings that can happen on that asset.

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You know, and when you start collecting that information, especially from a historical standpoint, and expected norm starts to show up. And it's something that we just never had before. And I don't know, I don't know about you, but you know, I kind of get excited about weird stuff when it comes to like condition monitoring. But when you take, let's say, an old piece of equipment that might have been originally manufactured in the 70s, yeah, never had the ability to tell any technician how it's feeling ever. So it's just a standalone machine. That is, yeah, out there. It's been doing this job for the last 50 years. And, and it's, it's not been able to tell its story, right? one bit, and then all of a sudden, you go and you center it up. And you put vibration sensors on it and temperature and

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you know, maybe some ultra ultra sound or ultraviolet, you know, technologies I'm and all of a sudden,

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that asset begins to speak, yeah, begins to tell us something about it. And that is just the coolest thing that all of a sudden, I can tell how that asset is performing. I can see its peaks and valleys I can and and it starts to correlate with how it's producing product, whether it's putting out good product not so good product, you know, so it when you when you start seeing those things, it's a pretty exciting thing. And if it's been if it's been operating for 50 years, and we've never had anything digital on it, it's probably a fairly non critical asset to begin with. Right, right. And we're seeing more of that to where we're, we're starting to put technology on even non critical assets that really have something to say and are important to the business. Yeah, because you're just starting to correlate and you just send a different view, a different palette of opportunities of decisions that are out there. The other thing that's interesting, back in the old days, you know, to be able to sort of sensor something up that required a lot of effort. And it was sort of it wasn't sort of a a broad brush. It was like, hey, that's a critical asset. That's important to us, we better put something out on it. That gives us some sort of data so that we know that it's working, whatever, whatever that reason was

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But that's an important decision. But nowadays, because one of the things is, is what you put out there is technology has caught up with expectations, technology gives me the ability to be able to do that, and do it with a sense of cost effectiveness. But the sophistication of that data is brilliant. Like, yeah, I could do that. Yep. You know, and

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that data

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exists in a lot of systems out there already. Right, just sitting there waiting.

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It just sitting there, budget, but you know, I love the sophistication conversation too, because,

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you know, the fun thing that we haven't been able to do in the last, let's say, 10 years,

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prior to 10 years, I mean, is looking at technologies that that allow us to go with a battery in a sensor rather than having to power it. Yeah. And not just the battery and the sensors. But then the next level, which you know, you'll see on our on our product list here pretty soon is battery battery less sensors that are doing.

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They're utilizing technology, like energy harvesting. So powering itself off the vibration of

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God, yeah. Wow. So you're starting to see some really cool stuff come out. And then also, you're starting to see technologies that are allowing us to communicate wirelessly from that sensor 300 yards away, in the same sensor that has no battery. And I mean, it's the level of sophistication coming with this technology is just amazing. See, this is okay, here's the connection. This is a disconnected, I see what you're talking about. It gives me all little butterflies in your tummy, right? Because I think that's cool stuff. I think that that is truly an innovative approach, especially today that companies need to really start to embrace, but me, company, different hat, let's let's just say I've got a whole lot of other stuff that I'm thinking about. And for me to think about this particular topic, although very important, is very difficult. And it's very difficult, because it's like,

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I got to learn this. There's a learning curve that I've got. Oh, is that is that a challenge at your space out there?

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Uh, yes. And no. You know, the funny thing is, Scott, now that we bring this up, the expectation of IoT is that that's the expectation, all this crazy technology that's really kind of coming into town, right. That's kind of the expectation that, you know, most clients out there when we just talk to them about just regular condition monitoring. And you know, digitalization, they're like, yeah, yeah, I know, I know. I know, all that stuff. Right. Listen, when you start talking about this energy harvesting, you know, and wireless notes. Yeah, wireless technology that can go clear across the facility and still require no energy. You know, that's the kind of things that Yep, that's what I'm talking about. That's what I thought IoT was his crazy, crazy, like, you start thinking about RPA, robotic process automation, the stuff that's going on behind the scenes, the the, the ability to utilize AI, so that it can magically do things that we either can't do or don't want to do as people, right. That's what they really envision IoT as. And the unfortunate part about that is there's an awful lot of foundational building and condition monitoring that needs to happen. In other words, your infrastructure needs to be capable of doing that. Yes, yeah. Right. So going into an assessment and understanding where all that data comes from, how it's collected, and that that strategy still needs to be built. Yeah. So the cool stuff can only come once you figured out where your company is, and the strategy that you have for the technology. Yeah, like that. But But, but that came with a messaging, right? I remember when people started talking about IoT, you know, which is sort of an Internet of Things, industrial Internet of Things, IoT. But when they started having that conversation, there was a lot of hype. And maybe it was,

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I guess, wrongly placed maybe at that time, but there was a lot of hype in that hype was like the manufacturing facility of the future and we're not going to have it's just gonna happen in which we're gonna get produced our widgets and but that still has, we still have to have people involved. Yeah, right. Lights Out manufacturing, future manufacturing, all of those things. You know, we were doing lights on manufacturing back in the 80s. But we did it horribly.

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We've never really succeeded at it.

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And, you know, we thought that we could just automate a facility and walk away, walk away. Yeah, that would be cool.

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I think we learned over the last 30 years or so that we just we couldn't do that. And nor did was it the fact that we couldn't do it. We didn't really want to do it. Right. And and so I like industry 4.0 because industry 4.0 says that we're going to start deploying technologies. And then and then we're going to work with those technologies. But what they're saying industry 5.0 It looks like is that, that those the advancements that we're going to make in 4.0 of people and technology, figuring out how we can work together. Industry 5.0 is like the exclamation point of technology and people working together and as my ears bleed as a result of industry five Dotto AI is, but Okay, so let's just say all the stuff that you've said, Kevin, fantastic. I'm all in. I'm a guy that likes this III eat the stuff up. What are the roadblocks what's what's real world? What are roadblocks?

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Well, I said I wasn't going to say it on on the call, but I'm going to say it. It's most of it is us. Right. So I actually do a presentation I did a IBM's IoT conference. And I talked an awful lot about what are the barriers to technology deployment? And even what are the barriers to a successful pilot in IoT?

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And the number one is me. Me, right. And the way that I think about things because I, I am still victim to this, even though all the all the things that I've gone through. I'm still victim to it, because 20 years ago, I tried something, and it failed miserably. Yeah. And that, that 20 years still sticks in my head that I tried that. Yeah, I'm not doing it again. Right. And I think a lot of people go through that. That's how you you get set up with opinions that are wrong,

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or misguided.

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And in 20 years, technology has gone, you know, crazy numbers of

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the difference in technology 20 years ago versus technology.

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34 or whatever, 30 to 64, or whatever it might be to now you know, yeah, absolutely. Right.

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Yeah. So I mean, I think we are the biggest barrier to advancing technology. And you and I talked about it earlier than that technology only advances as fast as fast as people accept it. As fast as people adopted. It. What's interesting is, is it's the fact that technology is here. You can resist, you can push back, you can do whatever you want. But the reality is, is that, I believe, and this is just my opinion, my humble opinion, I'm not in the trenches, like you are, that companies who begin to truly address that address, the people component, address, the culture component, and begin to embrace technology, and just recognize that it's happening, are in better shape, let's say resiliency wise, going forward? Because they're starting to, I get it, I got to do it. Yeah, it's painful here, but I'm going to do it anyway. And not have any preconceived notions of that last IoT Project 20 years ago, or whatever I yeah, I think, you know, the pandemic is driving us towards thinking differently. Yeah.

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It's, uh, you know, we did talk about this a little bit earlier to that, that, you know, the pandemic,

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shame on us, if we didn't go after the technology that we should have gone after that we were fully capable of going after, and we could have helped our company, whatever company that might be, could have helped us survive the pandemic better, because we deployed that technology. Yeah, so shame on us. If we didn't do that, then there's the rest of the companies that maybe they weren't quite ready, maybe they didn't have the funding for maybe, maybe a whole bunch of things. But I think the pandemic itself has really made

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us really promoted the awareness of technology, and how technology helps us not just survive a pandemic but also helps us to work remotely because I'm seeing all these all these companies that are coming back and saying, Okay, now it's okay to work at all.

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Hundreds of thousands of people in the possibly in these companies like Microsoft and, and Google and you know, these huge companies that it wasn't okay, six months ago to work from home. And now it was centers, okay, so now it's okay to just work at home. And, and it's, the technology has not grown that much in six months, to make that you know, right.

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Proclamation. It was the pandemic that said, okay, we know that the technology was where it needed to be. But we were just refusing to change. And, and so it's here we are. There you go, right there. People example right there, and then all of a sudden now it's like, yeah, I roll out of bed and I just go to the computer or up. I'm in a meeting, and I'm cranking away and I'm still in my, you know, you know, messed up hair. And I'm around and I'm cranking away. It's just been an interesting. Yeah, position that human element. That's true. Yeah, I think you're spot on. Okay, before we wrap it up, I've got to have this question. I got a quote. We're talking Fluke reliability. Here. We'll talk about a company that has a portfolio of like proof technic he made and Fluke Connect, and your Accelix. And I'm looking at this sort of flow diagram of what it's all about. Can you explain to me and the listeners of industrial talk little bit about Accelix, and how you interact with proof technic, emailed and Fluke Connect? Yeah. Well, you know, we sent you the diagram, that's really hard to understand. Right? That's the one we sent to you. Okay. It is what it is. It's right there. And I'm reading it. Yeah. Knocked out. So.

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And based on our conversation earlier, too, you know, complexity is just there.

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So just because the technology is advanced, doesn't mean the complexity left. We're just building the complexity on the backside. We're putting the user experience on the front side. Yeah. And so it feels very user friendly. Feels very.

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I hate to use the word easy, but it feels very easy to use. Hold it here. I'm gonna I'm gonna jump in here, Kevin, real quick. It is easy. And the reason it's easy, because you have the experience of other legacy systems that were not easier. Your your perspective is accurate. I've been there. And it's like, you can do that now. Oh, my gosh, when we did that, it was like this, you know? Yeah. Yeah. If you remember when, you know, they use that term.

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It push an easy button. Or

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what was the other one? I can't remember what I like the one it says we're gonna just take this system off the shelf. We're not going to customize it. Right. Every Yeah. Customize. Everybody customize? Yeah. And then that was that leads me back to the conversation about versioning. Right. Yeah. I can't upgrade because I customized too much. Yeah. And that's exactly. It is. It's just there. been there done that? Yeah. So anyway, let me explain Xcelerate20 a little bit. So Xcelerate20, when we originally came up with the Xcelerate20 concept, it was more of an umbrella idea. So everything under underneath that that was conditioned monitoring, you know, three, four years ago, fell underneath of the term Xcelerate20. So we can kind of have one explanation of all the different things we're doing. And what we're doing a Fluke is pretty

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extensive when it comes to product. So we go all the way from sensors on the plant floor, up into

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systems to collect data, diagnose, like in Fluke Connect, and then we connect into systems like em. Yeah.

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So it was pretty complex. So Excel is kind of lessened the complexity of explaining all that. But not really, it's still fairly complex, but with the with, with the new breakdown, and

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re re envisioning ourselves as Fluke reliability in the business, including proof technique, including email, including Fluke Connect, and all of that. What we did was Accelix has morphed into a IoT platform. Yeah, which now connects all of those things begins to connect to things improve technique, which is laser alignment, and can online condition monitoring and sensors themselves and, and then we have ama, which is fully connected into Accelix. And also connecting now because of Accelix into proof technique. And then you get the same thing with Fluke Connect, that connects into Accelix, you've got other products out there called Connect assets,

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which connects directly to PLC on the plant floor. Yeah, all connected back into Excel. So what you're seeing is, is everything that we offer ties into Accelix, and can be a single connection to somebody else's IoT platform. So all of that data becomes available to other platforms that they may be, instead of having to individually go back and connect to each of those systems. They connect to one and they have access to everything, right. So it's really a it's a facilitator of connectivity. I mean, you're just able with Accelix i, that is your connected platform that I can say yep, yep, yep, yep. And the power behind of what we're talking about.

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Hear is truly a connected system so that nothing sort of falls through the cracks and nothing just sort of out there as a just an outlier, right? Yeah, pulling it in. We're creating a really valuable picture of that asset. On a real time basis. You're not even looking behind you. You're not saying, Oh, I wish I knew that two weeks ago. Nope. Right there, right now. And that's what Accelix does. And I like that. And it connects all this other stuff. And it's agnostic. agnostic. Yeah, it's very agnostic. And that's, that's the intent. And so we Yeah, we, it's a little bit different these days got, you know, it used to be, Show me the money, and we'll connect it. Yeah. And so today, it's different, right? If it makes sense to connect to it, we go connect to it. And before the clients are asking for it, yeah, see, of course, we're not going to connect it if it doesn't make sense. But still, we do it before the clients are asking for. And because the clients need it, we know that it's going to continue to grow in the space where we just want to be connected. And I don't want to connect five different times for different applications. I just want to connect once and once I'm connected, that I can pick and choose what I want. That's a whole nother story to this whole connected thing. I love it. I love that model. I love the fact that you can do that. Kevin, we're gonna have to wrap it up. You are an absolute Rockstar. I enjoy. I always enjoy talking to you. There's just so much out there. But I appreciate it. Scott, you're always fun to talk to. Yeah, well, thank you very much. I blush What the heck yeah. All right. A couple of things. One thing that you've got to remember as a result of this conversation, everybody is that if you're sort of lollygagging and trying to dip your toes into the Industry4.0, stop it because Industry 5.0 is right around the corner and you better get going and you better do it. And you got to just embrace it. Don't Don't sit there and whine about the whole thing. connect with people like Kevin Clark and the wonderful people at Fluke reliability, get some more information. I'm sure they want to talk to you. You're gonna be with that said. We're gonna wrap it up. I'm going to wrap it up on the other side, you're going to have all the contact information to get a hold of Kevin Clark. Yeah, you're gonna say, Kevin Clark now I'll get the right link. So there's no excuse. All right, listeners. Stay tuned, we will be right back. You're listening to the industrial talk Podcast Network.

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Wow, I truly enjoyed that conversation with Kevin Clark. Talk about an innovative thinker. Everybody. And I'm telling you, everybody at Fluke reliability is an innovative thinker. They love to collaborate. They definitely share their education, their knowledge, because they're dedicated to your success. Again, I want you to put this down on your calendar, it's Xcelerate 20. Right, accelerate trend and make sure that you put an X in front of that. And it is November 17 to November 19. It's featuring the best in reliability, the best that Fluke and hit their, their network of professionals can provide. Right go out to accelerate to 20 find out more, do not be shy and do not come to me and say Scott, I can't do it. Don't you need to listen to Alright.

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I'm going to continue to challenge people be brave dare greatly because those individuals are changing the world hang out with individuals that are bold, brave and daring greatly. You can go out to industrial talk comm you can reach out to me, I want to be able to be a part of your network. So thank you very much. We got another great interview right around the corner so stay tuned, do not go away. We will be back with another interview.

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