As a kid, it was great to convert something that was 2D to make something 3D, the classic house of cards, an interesting but unsustainable art form. It is never as simple as it may seem to put things together. With challenges like Industry 4.0 turning the manufacturing world upside down, in a good way I might add, we see solutions that are being quite brutally put together, through acquisition or partnership, which are expected to be perceived as being the solutions of tomorrow. Our younger selves know exactly what will happen.
If, given the recent upheavals in the world, the term “political correctness” still has any meaning, then we all know how the interaction that we have as a society has evolved substantially in recent years. So too have the ways in which we interact with computer systems. The vast majority of people who use computers today are not “techies” or “nerds”, but regular people who just want to get on and do their jobs more easily. The software user-interface however has in most cases not kept up. It is not just about making a pretty picture, but more about the whole user interaction experience and the value that people can in practice get from the interaction. Depending on the computer software design, the value from different solutions with similar specifications can be radically different.
What we think we know is a less dynamic concept than actual reality. So many things progress so quickly, that we either as individuals or organizations, simply cannot keep up any longer. How then do we know whether the grass is really greener on the other side if we are not able to see clearly what is happening? Our retained impressions, experiences and knowledge of software solutions become quickly out of date, which can be a major issue as software starts to drive our Smart factories. Time to have another look at the importance of software in manufacturing.
As the debate around Industry 4.0 benefits intensifies, trends such Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) introduce further context on what digital innovations will shape manufacturing in the near future.
Here, Aegis CEO Jason Spera sits down with SCOOPTalk’s Kim Sauer to discuss how AR and AI fit within the Industry 4.0 road map, and how AR and AI might enable humans to make sense of ̶ and manage ̶ tomorrow’s truly ‘Big Data’ in the factory.
For automotive manufacturers, large-scale product recalls can be devastating for business. Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) systems provide defect data in real time, ensuring flawed product doesn’t leave the factory. We recently completed a customer case study with Lear Automotive Electronics and Electrical Products in Shanghai, China, and in this blog post, we'll look the measurable benefits the company has realized as a result.
As we look back on 2016, it’s only natural to reflect on what’s ahead for global manufacturing in the coming year. Let’s take a look at the top manufacturing trends for 2017.
Before you invest in a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for your facility, you need to consider how easily and efficiently it will be deployed throughout your operation, and what the long term relationship with your vendor will be like. A successful system deployment plan depends on far more than simply which product you select. Here are five key elements you should consider when assessing an MES vendor’s service capabilities.
The #MondayMusings blog series provides executive level insights and analysis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Digital Transformation from the previous week’s briefings, events, and publications @LNSResearch.
Quality Management Systems can only be as successful as the managers themselves allow. Quality managers should educate themselves thoroughly on the system being used and be well versed on the potential of said systems. Quality management systems often fail when managers do not use them to their full advantage or lack the knowledge on how to use them properly.
Last week in Las Vegas the electronics industry’s great and good gathered to explore the latest developments, and while there were the usual incremental evolutions as products are getting faster, more efficient and in many cases cheaper, there was little revolution. The area, however, that did show substantial progress and the highest level of interest was that of smart and connected manufacturing or IoM (Internet of Manufacturing), as we know it in the Americas.