Siemens Digital Thread

Weaving the New Economy from Digital Thread

What if the new economy is already here? Some manufacturers have fully embraced the digital thread and are delivering fast, high-quality, cost-effective personalized products. As they set new expectations for customer time and value, they are also re-defining how the economy works. For these companies, Industry 4.0 is not decades away. They are designing and […]

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Think Direct Materials Negotiations Could be Better? Guaranteed.

Can you point to a way to save on your direct materials procurement negotiations? Maybe not. However, most professionals involved in sourcing and direct procurement know that they are leaving money on the table. As timeframes continue to shrink for complex supply chains to introduce new and improved products, it’s become harder to make good […]

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EVS Brings AI and Simulation to day-to-day WMS operations

Can Simulation and AI Optimize a Warehouse?

Can software that incorporates artificial intelligence and simulation actually optimize warehouse operations? EVS claims it can deliver insights by simulating the environment and workflow changes to gauge impact on productivity prior to making the actual changes. EVS claims that it’s the first and only company to do so with its new mobe3 warehouse management system […]

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Sounds create their own big data - hearing it may create advantage

Hearing the Big Data of Sound

What’s often the first indicator that something’s gone wrong? A change in what you hear. A sound. Think about this in your plant. Sound and vibration are powerful indicators of a change in condition. Wouldn’t it be great if you could incorporate that into your predictive and prescriptive maintenance? Or into your service offering for […]

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Analytics specific to e-commerce fulfillment can save companies money and help meet customers expectations.

Smarter e-Commerce Fulfillment: A Smart Investment

I love to shop on-line. When I order on-line, like everyone else, I look for fast, low-cost or even free shipping. Amazon has taught us to expect that, and reliable, on-time arrival goes without saying. By the way, I want easy returns too. It’s great for consumers, but not necessarily so great for companies selling […]

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Hardware and software work together for smart manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing is about Hardware: Yes or No?

I’m beginning to think my focus on manufacturing software is too narrow: from machine monitoring to MES/MOM and scheduling, supply chain, quality, PLM, ERP and analytics across all production segments. Does that sound broad or narrow to you? As a long-time industry analyst and advisor, I strive for a broad view. However, I see that […]

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Schneider buys MWPowerlab

New Reality for Augmented and Virtual Reality

Train operators, maintain assets, and maybe even develop processes… virtually. Are you doing it yet? Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are not new, but recent advances make it far more practical for process manufacturers to use. A sign that this is becoming mainstream: Schneider Electric announced it has acquired  its VR and AR […]

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Buried Dripping big data is best

Bury and Dribble Out Big Data Analytics for Useful Results

The hype around big data analytics has reached epic proportions. It does have the potential to radically improve not only business processes, but outcomes. It can be a tasty addition to the IT menu. Unfortunately, for many manufacturers, the value has not matched up to the promise. Why Big Data Analytics Is Challenging Why aren’t […]

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machine monitoring and analytics dashboard

Machine Monitoring and Analytics as a Path to Smart Manufacturing

“Where are you on the journey to Smart Manufacturing?” Can be an uncomfortable question for many mid-size and small companies. New technology such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), connected machines, highly automated operations, and Internet everywhere can be daunting prospects. However for machine shops, there is a stepping stone that can begin to […]

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MonarchFx Map

Can MonarchFx Transform e-Commerce Logistics?

It’s not every day that a new business is announced with a strong ability to execute, particularly not when it comes to logistics. In November, there was one. The MonarchFx Alliance is out to provide a transformative new option for e-commerce logistics. The term Alliance is a hint to the secret sauce: it’s collaborative. Just […]

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