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When Does Software Become “Ransomware"?

When Does Software Become “Ransomware”?

Many software systems in use in manufacturing today are holding the business to ransom. Well-meaning, mainly internally developed software utilities, have established a critical dependency on themselves. It appears that manufacturing could not work without these systems, yet on the flip-side, the operation also cannot easily progress to the next level of digital manufacturing. What does it take to acknowledge the past value and contribution of these systems, but now be able to break free and move on to the next generation of digital manufacturing tools?

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MES and ERP Together – Top Integration Benefits for Today’s Leading Manufacturers

MES and ERP Together – Top Integration Benefits for Today’s Leading Manufacturers

Today’s shop floor is a highly-complex, continually-shifting environment. A recent study by Aberdeen Group polled today’s best-in-class manufacturers and found that the top reported pressures of modern manufacturing include:

• Differentiation while still improving quality (39%)
• The flexibly to respond to business demands (36%)
• Compliance with current and future industry regulations (27%)

While an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can solve challenges in areas such as capacity planning, inventory management, and business financials, today’s manufacturing environment requires much more than an ERP system alone — more flexibility, more data, and more connectivity.

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MES and Accelerating Your Quality System’s Actionability in Manufacturing

MES and Accelerating Your Quality System’s Actionability in Manufacturing

Every aerospace manufacturing organization needs a quality system. The differentiator is how readily one can react to a non-conformance and how frequently report their quality metrics. In absence of MES, reporting is purely historical and is often available too late to take action on its findings. MES enables non-conformances to be addressed in the present and minimize their potential impact.

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Driving a Digital Transformation with MES – Three Things to Consider

Driving a Digital Transformation with MES – Three Things to Consider - EN

At Atrenne Integrated Solutions, customers include some major Aerospace and Defense companies, requiring the utmost quality control and production efficiency. On the factory floor, an integrated MES system provides a form of “manufacturing intelligence” to drive Digital Transformation. Operators use Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES for real-time visibility into production, allowing them to streamline processes and ensure quality.

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How One Manufacturer Used a Scalable MES to Drive Quality and Compliance

How One Manufacturer Used a Scalable MES to Drive Quality and Compliance

Manufacturers like you face critical demands to maintain regulatory compliance while also driving value for your customers. Moving from a manual tracking system to an automated MES provides complete quality control plus the flexibility for you to respond to changes in real time.

But what if your operation isn’t quite ready for an entire enterprise-wide MES system? 

One manufacturer who faced this exact challenge is K2 Energy, a leading supplier of lithium-ion battery modules. 

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Top Manufacturing Trends for 2017

Top Manufacturing Trends for 2017 - EN


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.

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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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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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IoT and the Supply Chain

IoT and the Supply Chain

We've seen so very much in the media recently about IoT and its potential to benefit consumer and manufacturer alike.  Trends around IoM (Internet of Manufacturing) and Industry 4.0 are all largely focused on operations but where does the potential lie for big data within the supply chain?

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IoT, community and content at the centre of CES

IoT, community and content at the centre of CES

I’m back in San Jose after CES and thought I’d put down a few thoughts on this year’s exhibition floor, keynotes and presentations.

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