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How Leaders are Leading in Industrial Transformation

How Leaders are Leading in Industrial Transformation

It’s no secret that technology is a heavy focus for today’s manufacturers. Unfortunately, many manufacturers often focus on technology as an end, when in reality, technology is a means to achieving better business outcomes. 

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Deploying an Industry 4.0 Solution In-House, Out-Sourced or Jointly

Deploying an Industry 4.0 Solution In-House, Out-Sourced or Jointly

The promise of the benefits that can be reaped from big data and predictive analytics through access to machine and operator data is compelling enough for most manufacturers to seriously direct their IT and OT departments to look into ways to enable such machine and operator data acquisition. Indeed, being able to optimize overall equipment effectiveness or OEE in terms of equipment availability, performance and quality of produced items by the equipment directly affects manufacturers’ bottom lines.

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Key Points to Consider When it Comes to Manufacturing Data and the Cloud

Key Points to Consider When it Comes to Manufacturing Data and the Cloud

People have begun describing their cloud systems as "the fog." I get the feeling the joke is based on actual events. Are we" venting" gases into the atmosphere with our data during this digital era just like we did during the industrial age? Is it possible to simply throw our data in the cloud and expect a software application to analyze and organize it when we need it?  But first, we must begin with an understanding of what the cloud can and cannot do, as well as knowing what is required to make the cloud an effective strategy for storing data that is easily accessed.

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8 Signs Your Material Management Needs an Upgrade

8 Signs Your Material Management Needs an Upgrade

The heart of the electronics factory is in its' machines. However, even the lines and factories with the smartest and most versatile machines rely on intelligent and consistent support received by the central processes to reach their maximum capability. The heart of the electronics factory is in its machines. However, even the lines and factories with the smartest and most versatile machines rely on intelligent and consistent support received by the central processes to reach their maximum capability.

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Industry 4.0: How the IPC CFX IIoT Standard is Leveling the Playing Field

Industry 4.0: How the IPC CFX IIoT Standard is Leveling the Playing Field

The catalyst for the now long-awaited Industry 4.0 revolution is the introduction of the IPC CFX (Connected Factory Exchange) standard for IIoT. This standard now enables everyone in the industry to get involved, examine their processes or products and to fully benefit from the new IPC CFX-fueled Industrial IoT environment.

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Cyber Physical System, Internet of Things and Digital Twin: Central Concepts for Industry 4.0

Cyber Physical System, Internet of Things and Digital Twin

The Cyber Physical System (CPS), Internet of Things (IoT) and Digital Twin are all central concepts in Industry 4.0, often used interchangeably in discussions about Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. Each refers to a representation of a piece of equipment in cyber space. Such representations are of central importance in Industry 4.0 and for smart manufacturing, since they provide access to real-time operational data of the represented equipment. Use of this data ranges from machine operational status and compiling important KPIs, like OEE, MTBF, MTBA, etc., to big data analytics and machine learning applications, such as predictive maintenance. It is therefore worthwhile to examine what each means and how they relate to each other.

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The CFX & FactoryLogix Advantage

The CFX & FactoryLogix IIoT Advantage

For anyone currently considering investment in a modern digital manufacturing solution, inclusive of any form of discrete assembly manufacturing, it is imperative that expectations and requirements are redefined in the light of this new IIoT platform based digital MES technology, that is set to genuinely drive the Industry 4.0 Smart factory revolution. 

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What is MES System? Part #3

What is MES? Part 3

In the first part of this three-part series, we learned how the top level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) work in the factory to provide results against business goals and requirements, managing the flow of production for final products and sub-assemblies. In the second part, we took take a more detailed look into the deeper levels of MES, discussing other areas within the factory that MES manages, that enable the final production flow to work smoothly and effectively. In this last segment of the series, we finish by looking further into the levels of MES functionality that enables final production to work effectively. We then explore different types of MES and review the important aspects of MES to keep in mind when first implementing or when upgrading a basic MES that is already in place to a system with the latest IIoT digitalized technology. 

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What is MES System? Part #2

What is MES? Part 2

In the first part of this three-part series, we learned how the top level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) work in the factory to provide results against business goals and requirements, managing the flow of production for final products and sub-assemblies. We will now take a more detailed look into the deeper levels of MES, discussing other areas within the factory that MES manages, that enable the final production flow to work smoothly and effectively. 

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What is MES System? Part #1

What is MES? Part 1

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been available on the market for quite some time now and for buyers at any stage of research, there are literally hundreds of MES options to consider.  As the term “MES” tends to cover a very broad range of   capabilities, it’s unlikely to find any two solutions that will offer the exact scope of functionality. This is especially true within just the last few years, given the rapid progress of digital technologies related to “Smart Factory” or “Industrial Internet of Things” (IIOT) initiatives. It’s therefore crucial for you to understand the basic principles behind MES so that it can be put to work for your organization’s requirements, instead of the other way around.

In this three-part blog series, we’ll break down the fundamentals concepts of MES so that regardless of where you’re at with your research, you’ll be equipped with some new tips and principles to incorporate into your knowledge base. 

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