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Local sourcing can be more efficient and secure with blockchain and smart contracts.

Will Blockchain and Smart Contracts Accelerate Smart Manufacturing?

No manufacturer is an island – and thus a digitally connected supply chain is a cornerstone of any Industry 4.0 or Smart Manufacturing discussion. For most companies secure and semi-automated work with supply chain partners is just a concept, but now you can get started in earnest! On November 15, SyncFab, a procurement platform for […]

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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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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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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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Essential Role of Industry 4.0 paper

Does MES/MOM have a role in Industry 4.0?

If smart materials are talking to smart machines to become smart products, do you still need MES/MOM to coordinate plant activities? This is the picture of Industry 4.0. After due analysis, I believe the answer is clearly yes. I know not everyone agrees. Some think yes, others no, and many are simply not sure. Industry […]

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People in the Future Factory

I see people in factories in the future, but doing some very different jobs. There is so much debate right now about how many jobs robots will take over, and how many more jobs will be eliminated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, or whatever your vision of a more automated […]

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Peer-to-Peer or Hierarchical?

Should information flows be hierarchical up and down from “top floor to shop floor”? Or in today’s connected world are they more peer-to-peer? My answer: A bit of both. In an LNS Research blog post, “IIoT will Change Our View of CIM”, Dan Miklovic argues that the Purdue model is dated. I agree. It also […]

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Production: In the Supply Chain, but not Of it

While I’ve always thought of production as in the middle of the supply chain – and apparently others do to, with Make at the center of the SCOR model – that does not mean many people have experience in both domains. In fact few do. And that contributes to some disconnects. I was reminded of […]

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