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What is MES?

What is MES?

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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Putting Artificial Intelligence to Work for Industrial Operations

Putting Artificial Intelligence to Work for Industrial Operations

By now, we are all familiar with the concept of Industry 4.0, a popular business model that enables manufacturers to become faster, more efficient, and more flexible to respond to inevitable market changes. While traditional approaches to factory automation continue to be successful, they are often focused on specific production operations, leaving the critical operational level decision unaddressed or at best, open to interpretation. If we don’t get to it soon, someone else (or something else) will do it for us, and it may not be a human.

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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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4 Ways to Decide Your Industry 4.0 Strategy

4 Ways to Decide Your Industry 4.0 Strategy

Even for industry-leading manufacturers, making the move from manual processes towards a “digital transformation” is not without its challenges. One of the biggest hurdles is deciphering what YOUR organization’s Industry 4.0 journey looks like, unique to your own industry, customers, and manufacturing blueprint. Ultimately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all method for embarking on the Industry 4.0 journey, but there ARE a few common in-roads to achieve sustained success. 

In this blog post we’ll cover four potential starting points to jump start your efforts. Keep in mind that each of these key elements of digital innovation—IIoT connectivity, smart applications, and advanced analytics—will eventually play a critical role in your factory. Regardless of where you choose to begin, this framework is meant to create an architecture into which you can implement small projects.

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SMT Hybrid Packaging Show Nuremberg – What’s Not To Miss

SMT Hybrid Packaging Show Nuremberg – What’s Not To Miss

It is not just making nice cars that the Germans are good at, trade shows are also up there. Being an even numbered year, there is no Productronica, which means the smaller SMT Hybrid Packaging show, taking place in Nuremberg from the 5th to the 7th of June, takes the strain as the focus of attention for technology and innovation in the electronics assembly manufacturing market. So, with only six months since the last Productronica show in Munich, how much new stuff to look out for can there be?

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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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APEX 2018 – The Industrial IoT Event Of The Decade

APEX 2018 – The IoT Event Of The Decade-EN

If you are one of the few remaining people who has not heard about the event of the decade coming up at the APEX tradeshow at the end of this month, you really need to read on. APEX is set to rock the manufacturing world in a way that has not been seen for many years.

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Augmented Reality - Delivering Value in the Smart Factory

Augmented Reality - Delivering Value in the Smart Factory

With companies like Microsoft promoting their HoloLens for design and manufacturing environments, Augmented Reality (AR) is finding its way into today’s factory, promising value through increased visibility. But what AR concepts are already being applied today, delivering measurable value for the operator, the manufacturer, and the end customer?

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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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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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