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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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 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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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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New Vistas for Next-gen Product Design

The broader your view, the more impact the vision can have. To realize value from a broad vision also requires the ability to get into details and get small things right. This week, Siemens PLM announced its intention to acquire Mentor Graphics. This combination opens up grand new vistas for next-generation product design, and also […]

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Fast, Mobile and Adaptive for Instant Gratification

We live increasingly in an age of instant gratification. New technologies such as 3D printing, see-now, buy now and on-line product upgrades all mean we can get the very latest without waiting. The question is, how do you design and plan for products made on-demand, on-site, in real-time? What does the new manufacturing company and […]

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When Lean Works: Gracefulness and Gratitude

If went in and toured two facilities, could you distinguish one with a truly lean culture from one that doesn’t? I wouldn’t have. Until Wednesday. Here’s the answer: You’d see gracefulness and gratitude. The people would be moving through their work with grace: with no hitches, confusion, sidetracking or backtracking. When one group or person’s […]

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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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