In today’s world, advanced vision technologies is shaping the next era of Internet of Things. However, gathering streaming video data is insufficient. It needs to be timely and accessible in near-real time, analyzed, indexed, classified and searchable to inform strategy—while remaining cost-effective.
Smart cities and manufacturing are prime examples where complexities and opportunities have been enabled by vision, IoT and AI solutions through automatic meter reading (AMR), image classification and segmentation, automated optical inspection (AOI), defect classification, traffic management solution—just to name a few.
Together, ADLINK, Touch Cloud, and Intel provide a turnkey AI engine to assist in data analytics, detection, classification, and prediction for a wide range of use cases across a broad spectrum of sectors.
Learn more about how the Touch Cloud AI brings cost savings, operational efficiency and a more reliable, actionable intelligence at the edge with transformative insi
Robots play a key role in achieving manufacturing efficiencies and reducing labor intensive operations across diverse industries. Traditional machine vision has its limitations, however—typically, it can only conduct defect detection and classification based on fixed rules and work in fixed environments. To add on, the complexity of robotic system design poses challenges for many manufacturers to identify and integrate subsystems from multiple vendors.
The future of robot and machine solutions is a production environment where devices, machines, robots, and sensors are interoperable.
Find out how NexCOBOT integrates AI-driven vision capabilities into robotics to improve quality and accuracy over traditional machine vision—as well as providing an open and modular solution for users to develop a robot control system that best fits their particular application requirements.
Manufacturing suppliers range from approved vendors and contract manufacturers (CMs) who
only deliver materials and services to complex strategic partnerships. A transactional relationship based primarily on order fulfillment might work well for some companies. However, by taking a CM relationship to the next level of supplier-partner, organizations gain strategic benefits including cost savings, reduced risks, and optimized profits. The right cultural fit and the right-sized partner for your business can play a key role in building this long-term relationship.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a malicious software designed to hold a user’s files (such as healthcare records, financial contracts, manufacturing blueprints, software code, and other documents) for ransom by encrypting them and demanding the user pay a fee (often in Bitcoin) to decrypt them.
How ransomware works
Attackers initiate attacks using an array of tactics. Ransomware infections often first begin with an exploit kit — which are software kits designed to identify software vulnerabilities on endpoints and then upload and execute malicious code on the endpoint.
Although variants of ransomware behave differently — there are many ways that Cisco can help. Download this whitepaper today to find out more.
Over the last several years, manufacturers have embraced cloud applications. However, some manufacturers remain reluctant to migrate ERP systems and other business-critical applications to the cloud.
Read on to discover four areas where manufacturers can benefit from a more complete understanding of how and why Epicor Cloud ERP offers unique advantages compared to on-premises deployment, including:
• Increased data security
• Greater financial visibility and control
• Better long-term reliability
• Easier access to cutting-edge tech innovation
Moving an ERP environment to the cloud enables IT leaders to free up the resources they need to partner with the business and to focus on more strategic technology initiatives. Download the white paper to learn more.
Change—and the innovation it creates—increasingly defines the winners and losers in today’s manufacturing industry. As successful manufacturers continue to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, and other digital transformation trends, it’s important to recognize and implement these changes or risk getting left behind by the competition.
In this Epicor eBook, we’ll look at five key areas where successful manufacturers must embrace change and use it to drive innovation, competition, and growth—including:
• The accelerating pace of technology change
• The changing face of the modern workforce
• Competing in a global manufacturing marketplace
• Tapping the power of analytics and data-driven manufacturing
• Charting a path to sustainable, cost-effective compliance
We’ll also explain how Epicor Cloud ERP equips manufacturers to regard change as an opportunity rather than a threat. Download the eBook to learn more.
In their report—Magic Quadrant for Cloud ERP for Product-Centric Midsize Enterprises—Gartner recognized Epicor as a “Visionary” in the cloud ERP marketplace. Epicor Cloud ERP is an economical, efficient, and reliable enterprise resource planning system that helps manufacturers simplify business operations, ease IT responsibilities, and extend visibility across the organization.
We believe Gartner’s positioning of Epicor ERP reflects our focus on providing solutions that fit manufacturing businesses to drive growth with greater ease. Read the report from Gartner to learn more.
In our current technological age, it’s important for manufacturers to embrace digital transformation or risk getting left behind by the competition.
LNS Research has been studying the industrial software market for years, and in talking with hundreds of successful manufacturers, they found one common theme—the importance of finding a starting point for digital transformation. Leveraging MES software can be a low risk, high-value entry point for manufacturers as they journey toward digital excellence.
Epicor MES allows manufacturers to:
• Gain real-time production information
• Improve productivity
• Lower costs
Read the LNS Research study to learn why an MES solution from Epicor is an important component in reaching operational maturity and digital transformation.
Over three-quarters of UK manufacturers (77.8%) say that cost is the main driver behind their company’s energy policy, according to a survey of senior industry leaders conducted by Manufacturing Management in conjunction with E.ON.
The survey, of nearly 50 leading UK manufacturers, examined the industry’s attitude to energy usage, the challenges it is facing and its plans for the future.
To find out the results and the potential impacts to your business, download this whitepaper today.
Intel's factories rely on thousands of PCs for manufacturing automation; keeping these PCs up and running can prevent expensive downtime. To manage these systems, Intel IT is using the Intel vPro platform's hardware- based feature, Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), to help reduce production downtime caused by PC incidents by 87.5 percent.
The technology market is giving significant attention to Big Data and analytics as a way to provide insight for decision making support; but how far along is the adoption of these technologies across manufacturing organizations? During a February 2013 survey of over 100 manufacturers we examined behaviors of organizations that measure effective decision making as part of their enterprise performance management efforts. This Analyst Insight paper reveals the results of this survey.
IoT has proven its value in the private sector. Ever since the 1980’s, US manufacturing has undergone a dramatic transition based on IoT. Machines that where once manually calibrated and maintained began to be controlled by specialized computers. These computers were able to quickly recalibrate tools which allowed manufactures to produce smaller batches of parts, but were also often locked into proprietary computing languages and architectures.
IoT describes a system where items in the physical world, and sensors within or attached to these items, are connected to the Internet via wireless and wired Internet connections. These sensors can use various types of local area connections such as RFID, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Zigbee. Sensors can also have wide area connectivity such as GSM, GPRS, 3G, and LTE.
Industrial enterprises around the world are retooling their factories with advanced technologies to boost manufacturing flexibility and speed, achieving new levels of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), supply chain responsiveness, and customer satisfaction in the process. This renaissance reflects very real pressures industry players face today. For years, traditional factories have been operating at a disadvantage, impeded by production environments that are “disconnected”—at the very least strictly gated—to corporate business systems, to supply chains, and to customers and partners.
Many manufacturers are pursuing the immense business benefits available from digitizing and connecting their factories. Major gains in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), reduced downtime, and manufacturing flexibility can be achieved with a factory that is digitized and connected. By providing visibility to machines and processes, manufacturers can anticipate issues that create unplanned downtime. By putting in place a secure, converged and wireless-ready network, manufacturers can have a platform that enables the agility to quickly start up new machines, cells, and lines, and rapidly deliver new products.
The Internet of Things can bring big benefits. But what exactly is IoT, and how are different industries taking advantage of it? This TDWI e-book explores in detail what IoT and the Industrial IoT (IIoT) do for retailers, the automotive industry, state and local governments working with utilities firms, and the manufacturing industry. Common themes include connectedness, data-driven insights, predictive capabilities and transformation.
Selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software often poses a challenge for many businesses in the manufacturing industry. With so many options out there, it’s difficult to break down each potential application and choose the one that’s the best fit for your business.
This Gartner report explains how ERP selection teams can come to a consensus and establish an understanding of all options by jointly populating and prioritizing a hierarchical, weighted ERP evaluation model.
A structured evaluation model helps put all the cards on the table by explaining and justifying to internal stakeholders, external auditors, and vendors how and why an ERP software decision was made.
Read the Gartner report and establish your own ERP evaluation model to see if the Epicor ERP solution is the right fit for your manufacturing business.
As the world around us becomes increasingly digital, manufacturers must follow suit. Digital transformation presents significant opportunities to achieve growth by addressing key operational issues and aligning products and services to the demands of today’s market.
Growth looks different for every company, and with the vast array of digital technologies available, it can be hard to know where to start. Which technologies offer the greatest opportunity for your company to grow? How can you successfully embrace the digital revolution?
Epicor has a history of helping manufacturers achieve growth by utilizing cutting-edge technology. By downloading these digital transformation assets, you will:
• Understand what growth might look like for your business
• Assess the capabilities needed to support your digital transformation journey
• Explore best practices to implement your digital transformation strategy
• Learn how to capitalize on growth opportunities with speed and conviction
As an automotive parts or components manufacturer, you may be both encouraged and challenged by a growing number of trends in the automotive marketplace. From disruptive trends in product developments—such as electric vehicles, advanced assistance and safety capabilities, and driverless vehicles—to trade tariff increases, regulation changes, and higher interest rates, it’s apparent that change is in the air
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