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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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If machine builders are not incorporating an Industrial Internet of Things solution into their systems, they’re missing out on an opportunity to grow their businesses with additional services for their customers. My husband works for a company that makes machines used for milk, beer and wine production. His customers are usually small businesses, where sometimes the only worker is the owner himself. Since he works in electrical...

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During CSIA Executive Conference 2018 in san Francisco, Luigi De Bernardini, President at Autoware Digital, gets the Charlie Bergman "Remember Me" CSIA Award. This is what Luigi De Bernardini said: I never met Charlie. i attended my first CSIA Conference in 2009, when Norm and Joan retired, and heard for the first time of Charlie during the gala dinner when Nels Tyring of TVC System was recognized....

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Moving beyond the hype and buzzwords, an integrator brings knowledge of many different products and industrial sectors to help get the most value from your digital transformation. Given that I am in charge of marketing and communications for a system integrator, it might seem trivial and obvious that I would want to write about why the manufacturing world needs system integrators. I have been working in this...

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