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If your organization doesn’t want to be left behind, a digital transformation initiative is imperative. However, an investment in the technology isn’t the only step, an investment in the people and project management is just as important. As I wrote in the previous blog, I found a lot of inspirational points in an interesting study published by LNS Research on digital transformation called: Understanding Industrial Transformation...

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A push into digital transformation is not as easy as it sounds. It takes an effort from the whole organization to get the process started, but there are many steps and precautions to understand before the initiative can even begin. I recently read an interesting study published from LNS Research on digital transformation called, Understanding Industrial Transformation Today: Digital Readiness is the Foundation for Success. It...

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Technology is constantly evolving, and it can sometimes be a challenge to keep up and train people on the incoming technology. Though there is no way to slow down the evolution, a collaboration with technology vendors and system integrators may be a way to help. During the last few vendor conferences I participated in, I had a strange feeling. Are we going to be able to...

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We cannot afford to ignore what is fast becoming a significant presence even in the industrial world for managing transactions along the supply chain. Until a few months ago, blockchain was associated strictly with cryptocurrency transactions - at least in most of our minds. Over the past year, dozens of Fortune 100 companies have started to adopt blockchain technologies, and the term blockchain has become more common in...

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March 2019, Food Engineering Magazine   If you’re not embarking on the digital transformation journey, you’ll be flying blind without the instrumentation and computing capabilities to keep you focused on your target: producing quality, food-safe product and staying ahead of your competition. In fact, without actionable information from plantwide sensors and processes, surviving in the future will be difficult. Digital transformation of your plant and entire process can help...

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To remain competitive, companies need to become more collaborative along the entire supply chain. IIoT and cloud technologies can enable this. [qodef_separator class_name="" type="normal" position="center" color="#b2dd4c" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="" top_margin="20px" bottom_margin="20px"] Once we accept that the real competition happens at the supply chain level, it becomes obvious that having a perfectly organized, tuned and efficient supply chain is mandatory. At the plant level, there are several aspects...

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Fast-development platforms have been catching on to provideeasy implementation of one or two MES/MOM functionalities, along with the ability to customize as needed.   In the past year, I’ve seen a significant increase of requests for proposal (RFPs) of manufacturing execution system (MES) applications to be developed on non-traditional MES platforms. They are typically not looking for fully functional MESs, but rather “basic” MES functionalities such as...

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Although there have been concerns about maintaining control of the information in a cloud-based MES/MOM, things have changed considerably in less than a year, and cloud is a viable and beneficial option. It was probably less than a year ago when I first heard IT and operations debating about the possibility of adopting a cloud-based manufacturing execution system (MES). At the time, the general feeling was...

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A range of technologies have changed the industrial landscape. Companies that can successfully manage those technologies will also change the way they manage their supply chain. My last three articles analyzed the relationship between digitalization and the manufacturing execution system (MES), considering MES as a key component of any digitalization initiative. At the time, I touched only briefly on the impact MES has on the supply...

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