Industrial (R)Evolution Siemens Style

The (R)Evolution in Industry: Siemens Style

Everything is changing so fast it’s difficult to fathom. Does that sound trite? That is the truth of Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Digitalization, or whatever you call it. Last week, the Siemens PLM Industry Analyst Conference theme was:  “Digitalization Changes Everything, Everywhere.” The question I came away with is whether this is an evolution or […]

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Beyond IoT, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are emerging

Caution: IoT Experience is not Industry 4.0 Expertise!

Beware of your experience and expertise! It can lead you into a false sense of security and leave you in grave danger of falling behind. Please, don’t be smug. If you’ve been using the Internet of Things (IoT) for a long time, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 may look familiar. You already have ways to […]

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Agile product development PTC

Will PTC’s AgileWorx KickStart a New Trend in Product Development?

As the demand for “smart” products (e.g., smartphones, smart cars, and even smart appliances) grows, product manufacturers face a daunting challenge – how to accelerate the design and development of these complex products. With increasing levels of embedded software, “connectedness”, and complex mechanical/electrical/electronic sub-systems, these products come with a unique set of challenges for manufacturers to: […]

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Big data vortex

Transformation through Big Data

If you have a business transformation initiative, you’d better be ready to support it with big data.  Yes, the long-term success of a new company strategy almost certainly depends on this particular technology. Most business transformation programs focus on how to deliver greater or more differentiated value to customers and the market. If it were […]

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Scope, Granularity and Scale

Can you understand and solve a broad or large-scale problem with a high-level, low granularity view? Usually the answer is no. That makes for some major challenges, as we have only a limited capacity to work with many items at the same time. Granular detail across a broad scope is very difficult to fathom. Fortunately, […]

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Software Change-out and April Fools

Why did the company change out their legacy software applications? To get to the other side. This might sound like a pretty lame April Fool’s joke, but actually it’s companies who don’t change out applications who often end up being the fools. Or who don’t execute great program management and change management through a software […]

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Simply See Materials Origin Across Business Networks

Social media has been threatening to penetrate business applications for years, and the simple ones have – only perhaps under different guises. Trading exchanges were that, and now traceability applications bring data together from across a supply chain. What I’ve seen is that to gain traction, shared or social applications must be simple to use […]

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MES in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 – Obvious and Subtle

The potential benefits of foreseeing the future are pretty obvious. It means you can prepare. Yet what you need to do to prepare for that foreseen future may not be quite so obvious. That is to say, you might need discernment to see subtle differences in approaches that will and won’t be suitable. Industry 4.0 […]

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3D printing a car at IMTS

Is Manufacturing Plant Optimization Obsolete?

What are the implications of 3D printing? Larger than I can imagine, I know. So large that I am asking myself: Will discrete manufacturing plants be replaced by a network of makers? Will I witness the end of manufacturing as I have known it all my life? As 3D printing matures to handle multiple materials […]

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Holistic Supply Chain Planning Finally Gets its Due

Everything is interconnected, and you can’t optimize an entire system unless you take a holistic view. While this is common sense, the more recognized supply chain software providers assembled a portfolio from disparate planning pieces that only integrate at a surface level. Until recently companies with true end-to-end holistic planning and optimization were the upstart […]

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