A Six Point Guide for Affordable, Achievable Digital Transformation Within A Year

If you are a mid-sized manufacturer, digital transformation can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be scary. A slow, steady, and scalable approach can eliminate the risks and realize ROI within a year. We’ve put together a quick guide that seeks to maximize the benefits and eliminate the downsides while achieving goals[…]

Siemens’ MindSphere Champions A “Digital Twin” Concept For It’s IoT Platform

Siemens MindSphere is an IoT operating system that promises to help designers and engineers align themselves with your plant’s production and operations teams to create a “closed loop” in which engineering and operations address inefficiencies proactively. Their competitors in the space: Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Watson, SAP, GE and PTC ThingWorx all claim IoT[…]

In Manufacturing Analytics, The Build vs. Buy Dilemma Is Actually More Like Now vs. Later

As affordable SaaS solutions have entered the market and evolved, the case for building a homegrown system to manage critical manufacturing operations like analytics vs. buying something is more often than not a moot one. What Was Perhaps True Years Ago Simply Doesn’t Apply Today Given the SaaS options available, it simply doesn’t make sense[…]

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There’s Only One Place To Find ROI From SensrTrx

There’s Only One Place To Find ROI From SensrTrx Continuous improvement doesn’t look the same for everyone. If one were to ask ten of our clients what they were originally looking to accomplish with SensrTrx, one might receive ten different answers. It’s easy to assume that machine availability is the main focus, or maybe it’s[…]

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3 Manufacturing Quality Metrics Everyone Should Know

3 Manufacturing Quality Metrics Everyone Should Know It’s important to understand how objectives in manufacturing — like improved quality— can be engineered through better data. This all starts by understanding the best manufacturing quality metrics and being able to discern which levers are responsible for moving the needle on this goal. Quality is an essential[…]

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Software Can’t Reduce Downtime… But This Can…

Software Can’t Reduce Downtime… But This Can… A couple of weeks ago I was meeting with the VP of Operations at one of our customer’s plants. He said something interesting. “Software can’t reduce downtime, scrap or increase throughput only my team can do that”, he shared. “What your software does is solve a problem every manufacturer[…]

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Easily Supercharge Legacy Manufacturing Equipment

Supercharge Legacy Manufacturing Equipment Manufacturing equipment lasts a long time, I have been in plants that had equipment from the 40s, 50s, and 60s and those machines are still running strong. A lot of these machines have no electronics or if they do they are very simple. Therefore, our preferred solution of connecting directly to[…]

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Manufacturing ERP Systems Don’t Do What You Think They Do

Manufacturing ERP Systems Don’t Do What You Think They Do I talk about manufacturing software a lot. I have spent decades building, developing, and working on the ground-level with manufacturing software. Unfortunately, a lot of what is marketed to manufacturers is smoke and mirrors. Manufacturing ERP systems are usually one of the first software systems[…]