Smart Manufacturing

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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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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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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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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Though maintenance has been the go-to application in industry for AR, there are opportunities for machine operators as well. Here are three findings from a pilot project in the food industry.   Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most trending technologies associated with any Industry 4.0 or smart manufacturing initiative. No client says he’s not interested in evaluating it and understanding what benefits it could bring...

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It’s not just the individual technologies, but how they interact together—and how behavior is tuned to them—that create the biggest impact. When talking about digital transformation, it’s typically related to four upcoming technology megatrends: cloud computing, mobility, Big Data and social. Though each of these four technologies can have a tremendous impact independently, it’s in the implementation of them together in integrated solutions where the impact is...

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Since first developing projects to optimize production management, a shift has occurred in recent years that sees competition not just from manufacturing companies, but the full supply chain. The days of a single company reaching a market leadership position on its own are over, simply because it’s not possible to compete alone in the market. And in the supply chain today there’s a new fundamental...

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