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Semiconductor: Escape the Trap or Die

The semiconductor industry is caught in a trap made of its own success. It’s called the whole-economy disruptor of Internet of Things (IoT). It’s alluring – huge growth potential, new applications an use cases… And yet, semiconductor makers can easily die in the trap of IoT’s need for higher mix and lower costs, faster ramp […]

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Pharmacy-on-Demand

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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Lean indicators of grace and gratitude

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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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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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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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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