Smart Manufacturing Tag

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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Standards need to be revised and updated to take into consideration how the landscape has changed. They are still useful for mapping processes, but cannot effectively capture the more fragmented and complex approach process description requires. Part 1 of this discussion focused on how a good old-fashioned Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is still an effective way to enable a digital initiative. Here, we address some comments...

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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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As context adds value to data, analytics takes that contextualized data to the next level, helping you see relationships you couldn’t see on your own. For some time, we said that “data is the new oil” to indicate how much value and power there is in having data available. Having data means having knowledge of what’s happening and being able to objectively evaluate phenomena that otherwise...

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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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