Trends

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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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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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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With 22 years of experience in the creation of software for manufacturing, production management and supply chain optimization, Autoware, a system integration company headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, has launched Autoware Digital, located in Austin, Texas. Autoware Digital is a digital System Integrator, focused on helping clients develop transformative business models in response to an increasingly interconnected and digitalized industrial market. Since 1996, Autoware has been improving business...

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Industrial software interface

You can’t judge a book by its cover? Think again. Presentation is just as important as the content inside. It might be time to update your user interface. What if iPhone X were sent folded in ugly ruined boxes? Would customer satisfaction and loyalty be the same? Whoever says, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is usually wrong (or at least not completely correct). The...

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In the early days of cloud computing, IT insisted that cloud was evil. Now that they’ve learned the benefits far outweigh the risks, they need to pass the word along to operations. Cloud computing has become an integral part of our lives. We use it for storing pictures and data, listening to music, navigation services and many other activities in our personal lives. Companies commonly use...

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Today’s Industrial Internet of Things platforms enable the quick development of customized applications. But manufacturers might find that they are tied to a tool that doesn’t meet their long-term goals. The advent of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms has made it possible for a proliferation of narrow solutions that target specific and well-defined problems. Most of the available platforms provide a development environment designed to...

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