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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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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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Integrating Virtual to Real – 30-year Vision

Do you have any visions from 30 years ago that are still not quite reality? I do. A vision that product and process design data (virtual reality) will connect in a closed loop system with actual data from production, supply chain, and in-field use (physical reality). I think many in manufacturing have this one. Are […]

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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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Closing Loops with MES

How many loops can you close with one set of solutions? Many, if it is manufacturing execution systems or operations management (MES/MOM). MES/MOM manages production operations, and those sit at the middle of many things for companies that make products of any sort. Plant operations information can close the loop in the concept-to-delivery, order-to-cash, plan-to-reality, […]

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Expanding horizons from plant to supply chain

Many software companies expand out from their initial functions to support a broader process. The question is, how easy will the expansion be to make the new capabilities as successful as the original ones have been? Two prominent providers of manufacturing plant floor focused software have recently expanded their scope to include supply chain capabilities.  […]

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The Age of Experiences

Everywhere I go, people are talking about creating experiences. I just stayed in a hotel in the Hilton chain, and their internet log-in talks about creating experiences. I was at this hotel thanks to Dassault Systemes, “The 3DExperience Company.” Dassault is clearly visionary, reflecting its President and CEO, Bernard Charlès. The mission is to “Provide […]

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MESA 2014 ROI unConference

Face-to-Face Energizing Info Flows

Business travel can be a grind. Yet I am always energized by being face-to-face with others who care about information flows in manufacturing. There is something beyond the pure facts that we convey in being present with each other. Human beings need and feed off of each others’ energy. I often remember things I learned […]

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Medical Device Success: Beyond Products to Profit

Medical device companies have incredible opportunities to grow, but many are not increasing their profitability – only the volume. Most companies are so tied up in compliance knots they don’t realize that better operations can not only allow profitable growth, but also ease that regulatory burden. Yet a quarter of companies are managing to do […]

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Portfolio

We love to share what we know.  Julie Fraser writes and presents regularly, and has done so for many years. Often she works with associates who also write and present.  In hopes that some of this material might be useful for you in your work and/or your life, we are making some papers, research reports, […]

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