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June 2016

Five Things You Should Consider Before Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Provider

Five Things You Should Consider Before Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Provider

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.

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MES Embracing IIoT & Predictive Analytics Remains Hottest IIoT Space

MES Embracing IIoT & Predictive Analytics Remains Hottest IIoT Space [MondayMusings] - EN

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.

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7 Reasons Why Quality Management Systems Fail

7 Reasons Why Quality Management Systems Fail

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.

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Electronic Manufacturing Embraces IoM at APEX 2016

Electronic Manufacturing Embraces IoM at APEX 2016

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.

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Jason Spera talks Industry 4.0 with Kim Sauer at APEX 2016

Jason Spera talks Industry 4.0 with Kim Sauer at APEX 2016

In an interview with Kim Sauer, filmd at APEX 2016 in Las Vegas, Jason explains how Industry 4.0 goes beyond communication around the SMT line and highlights how materials management is a key component a fully integrated SMART Factory approach.

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Robots and Re-Shoring – Can Robots Save Jobs?

Robots and Re-Shoring – Can Robots Save Jobs?

It’s an odd premise but more than one person at APEX in Las Vegas told me that robots could be part of the drive to save manufacturing jobs in places like the USA where labor rates are higher.

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Some of My Best Friends are Engineers

Some of My Best Friends are Engineers

It doesn’t matter which tech company you admire, engineers largely start them all, be they hardware guys like Steve Wozniak, or software guys like Mark Zuckerberg.  Imhotep, who many refer to as the first civil engineer, built the pyramids.  The Wright Brothers we’re the creators and fathers of the aviation industry, which we now take for granted.  Leonardo da Vinci was quite the engineer, sometimes credited with inventing the helicopter and the parachute, and a decent painter to boot, having knocked off The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa between engineering projects.

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Could ‘Industry 4.0’ be ‘Made in China 4.0’?

Could ‘Industry 4.0’ be ‘Made in China 4.0’?

There’s no doubt that Industry 4.0 has been top of the agenda for the electronics manufacturing industry in Germany for a couple of years now.  Elsewhere less so, but now the debate around this topic seems to be gaining momentum in China and with the launch of their own ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative China is looking to move from being the world’s largest manufacturer to the world’s best.

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The Art of Vendor Selection – top ten hints

The Art of Vendor Selection – top ten hints

Alibaba and DigiKey is not a supply chain strategy!  So what are the ten most important things to consider when developing an outsourced manufacturing solution and the supply chain that surrounds it?

At Riverwood we see all kinds of supply chains, good, bad and darn right ugly.  We see more vendors than most, and we visit an unhealthily large number of factories in all the world’s manufacturing geographies.  Here’s a little of what we’ve learned along the way and what we like to consider with clients when we start the vendor selection process.

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Will 2016 be the year that IoT really impacts upon the electronic manufacturing supply chain?

Will 2016 be the year that IoT really impacts upon the electronic manufacturing supply chain?

The first industrial revolution was built on machines lubricated by oil, the current revolution is built on computers lubricated by data, and just as those who controlled the sources and distribution of oil became rich and powerful in the last millennium, those controlling data are gaining influence now.

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