This was my first time attending LiveWorx, and the Aquitas teams’ first time as a Sponsor, Exhibitor, and Speaker. As a relatively new PTC partner, we were excited to dive in and establish ourselves in the PTC and ThingWorx community as an Elite Sponsor, gain exposure for our new Connected Maintenance solution, and build relationships with other partners, customers, and various integral members of the PTC team. I have to say…. this conference did not disappoint!


The Xtropolis floor was bustling non-stop with an air of excitement for this age of Digital Transformation that we are in with the emergence of the Industrial Internet of ThingsIMG_5254.JPG (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. The Aquitas team felt right at home with our new Connected Maintenance solution that officially launched earlier this year.

Michael Hayes, our Director of Development, was busy showing demo after demo to customers, members of the PTC team, and curious neighboring IoT exhibitors. We have a pretty sharp demo (if I may say so myself!) to show how the integration between the leading industrial IoT technology of ThingWorx and IBM’s Maximo system allow you to listen to and respond to your assets in real time.

In the demo we apply pressure to a running motor, thus changing the conditions being monitored to a level that an alert is triggered to follow your maintenance processes. In our demonstration, a work order is generated in Maximo for maintenance to check on the asset, with all of the information from ThingWorx clearly accessible through Maximo.

Here is an exclusive sneak peak at our demo motor running with it’s Digital Twin overlay which displays conditions like vibration, humidity, temperature, RPMs, and more in real time.

With Connected Maintenance, we use advanced condition monitoring and anomaly management with automated workflow… As soon as a set of conditions is met that indicates a problem, automatically have a work order or service request generated in Maximo. Learn more about our Anomaly Management & Alert System. 


 Nikolaus Despain, Senior Director Maintenance Operations at Leprino Foods,  was on-hand at LiveWorx to share a direct customer perspective on why it makes sense to get started now with IoT in maintenance, and how to turn small wins into huge returns on investment through transforming their preventive maintenance program.

“We can theoretically reduce our preventive maintenance activities by 50% per year. Just do the labor math. What would that mean to your organization?”

-Nikolaus Despain

Director of Maintenance, Leprino Foods

IGNITE SESSION – “Getting started with IoT: Think big, start small, act fast”

For me, the highlight of the conference was watching Ray Miciek captivate a crowd in the IoT Innovation Center during a 15 minute “Ignite Talk” that was included in our sponsorship, in which he would discuss the idea of getting started with IoT in maintenance. Our booth was close to the “theater” where Ray’s talk was going to take place, and turnout had not been great at previous talks. We predicted Ray would have 6-8 people in the audience.

Instead it looked like this….

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What struck me was the fact that the entire crowd stayed and listened to the very last word. They would nod their heads in agreement to one of Ray’s ideas. They would signal to their colleague, “Are you hearing this?”

When Ray’s 15 minutes were up, there was a line of people waiting to talk to him.

What this tells me is that customers not only want to learn more about the Industrial Internet of Things, they are ready to look at solutions and figure out the best strategy to get started.

As Ray said in his presentation…

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Your assets are talking. There is hidden treasure on your plant floor. …. THINK BIG. START SMALL. ACT FAST.

Download Ray’s Presentation HERE

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