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Genealogy: Missing Prerequisite?

A prerequisite for selling products in a region is to comply with environmental legislation, which typically entails knowing exactly what is in each unit. The obvious way would be to use the product genealogy – but apparently it’s not the easy way. In fact, most decision-makers can’t put their hands on genealogy data. In our […]

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Can you See the Silver Lining in Compliance?

The old adage is “every cloud has a silver lining.” Finding the positive in what is typically considered a negative can be powerful.  Can you do it with compliance? Most manufacturers rebel against compliance requirements.  Whether the demand for compliance is from a customer or a regulatory body, if the company views it only as […]

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Mainstream MES

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) may finally be entering the real mainstream, the mid-market. MES, by my definition, broadly functional systems that address many needs for production plants. To make the implementation time and cost affordable, these smaller and mid-size companies may not actually implement all of the functions or integration to equipment and other software […]

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Benefits beyond the “have to”

Nearly everyone has “have to” or “should in their vocabulary, and feels there are things that fall into those mandatory categories. For individuals that might be spending time with difficult family members, getting regular exercise, and paying taxes. For manufacturing companies, much of that is regulatory or customer compliance. We often feel these as major […]

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Can Track & Trace improve profits?

Everyone wants to have lower costs and improve their efficiency and effectiveness at the same time. Fortunately it’s increasingly possible to find approaches to do just that. As companies move from manual, compliance-oriented views of traceability and genealogy to more automated and improvement-oriented perspectives, they are finding what formerly seemed impossible: better ways to operate […]

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UDI: Medical Device Profits at Risk – Unnecessarily

How many companies’ profit margins will plummet because of the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirements? Quite a few, I imagine. Don’t get me wrong. I am not opposed to the regulation. I think it makes sense, and that companies will comply. The question is: at what cost? I believe it is possible to comply […]

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