For Food & Beverage processors an ERP system a must; and a flexible Internet-based solution like Plex ERP brings F & B manufacturers all 8 of the features they must have to meet their health and safety requirements, produce high-quality products, operate efficiently & maximize profitability.”
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.
Published By: Polycom
Published Date: Jul 24, 2014
Manufacturing is on the move. Leading companies are relocating near supply and demand, as well as the best talent. They’re digitizing operations to automate critical processes and enable crowdsharing. Manufacturers are building innovation hubs to accelerate R&D. They’re wooing – and retaining – talent with continuous knowledge sharing and professional development opportunities. And they’re using an array of technologies to capture and leverage the insights and skills of their best thinkers: industry visionaries, emerging technology experts, and process reengineers. Manufacturers are doing this quietly and consistently. To take aim at the target of market leadership, it pays to draw closer – and then closer still. Are you ready?
The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Production of the Future
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the process of adding layers of material — most commonly plastics or resins, and increasingly metals — to produce products according to precise
digital plans. With AM, products are produced using
only the material necessary, therefore minimizing scrap.
Modern digital technology is transforming every industry, including manufacturing. Yet in The Rise of Smart Operations, a survey of machinery manufacturers conducted by UPS and IDC, roughly one-half of the respondents said their digital or “smart” operations were lagging the competition or were at a significant disadvantage. Manufacturers will also find practical solutions they can consider implementing today to incorporate smarter operations in their production processes of the future.
Finding new ways to make better, more confident decisions. As a supply chain planning professional, it’s what you do. But if you find yourself working in a siloed environment, the ability to make better decisions is consistently hijacked by the need to create yet another workaround simply to ensure your supply chain lives to see another day.
In this eBook, we’ll look at the characteristics of a siloed supply chain environment and identify some of the ways your organization can modernize the planning experience. Ultimately, it comes down to connecting data, people and processes to create the transparency you need to help your organization realize better outcomes for executives, planners, manufacturers, suppliers and most importantly, your customers.
This white paper explores requirements engineering and its groundbreaking role in product development and engineering for the industrial segment. It discusses the best practices and benefits of requirements engineering, and how automotive manufacturers can overcome today's quality and cost challenges using those best practices supported by IBM solutions. Learn more today!
Industry 4.0 promises a whole host of benefits to food manufacturers — from reduced errors and more uptime to unprecedented visibility into operations at every step in the process. But for many food manufacturers out there, this is uncharted territory. Getting machines of various vintages connected and communicating seamlessly with each other and with existing control systems can seem like an expensive and difficult proposition.
Coding and marking is a great place to start for many companies, since SKU proliferation is putting greater demands on packaging lines and introducing additional opportunities for human error.
In this brief white paper, Domino examines five key issues with integrating coding and marking systems that often present challenges for food manufacturers along the road to Industry 4.0.
Today's production processes have become increasingly complex and multi-faced, leaving many manufacturers challenged to find methods for simplifying and streamlining their activities. Additionally, as competition continues to heat up in all industries, they must constantly find new ways to reduce production costs. Manufacturing software packages empower businesses to do just that - giving them the advanced technologies they need to maximize efficiency and minimize overhead. Read on to learn about the top 15 manufacturing software vendors revealed.
With the advent of a new globally-based economy, process manufacturers face significant challenges. Rapidly shifting markets, more empowered buyers, increasing regulation, commodity volatility, and margin pressures, and the effects of a credit crunch bring a “new normal” of constant volatility, variability, and variety to today’s landscape. In order to survive, process manufacturers need to become far more flexible, risk aware, and responsive to generate healthy revenues and profits. But above all else, they need to understand the importance of finding the right software application to drive maximum return on their investment. Business-Software.com profiles the leading process manufacturing software vendors in this white paper, download it now!
Job shops often specialize in a particular metal fabrication, or a specialization around certain types of products, like fasteners or machined bar stock. They provide unique services for larger manufacturing operations such as working with unique materials, incredibly tight tolerances, the ability to generate quickly manufactured prototypes, design and CAD assistance, reverse engineering, quick-turn parts, in-house tooling, amongst other services. Some typical job shop operations include:
• Machine Builders
• Tool and Mold Shops
• Plastic Processors
• Stamping Houses
• Contract Cutters and Engravers
• Vehicle and Boat Converters
• Niche Product Manufacturers
• Furniture, Cabinet, and Display Makers
When bound to regulation and compliance, process manufacturers find opportunities to grow through enterprise resource planning (ERP). However, 50% of process manufacturers execute non-integrated ERP strategies. This Aberdeen Group research study reveals best practices to help you adapt or select an ERP vendor that improves your business performance.
For most high tech companies, the Bill of Materials (BOM) is the central hub of product definition activities. It conveys the information needed by various departments to get the product to market.During this one-hour web cast, the AberdeenGroup will discuss how Best-in-Class companies are not only addressing these challenges but are excelling in their product development processes. In addition, PTC and IBM Rational will show how high tech manufacturers' can synchronize system requirements, multiple design disciplines and internal systems to provide a single definition of a product - 'a single source of truth' - throughout the product development process.
This white paper outlines a framework that emphasizes digitization and business transformation and the new opportunities pull processes bring.
The mechanism of “Pull” processes—those triggered by an actual event instead of a forecast—is nothing new. It is at the heart of many successful manufacturing strategies. Recent technological advances in digitization, including the harnessing of Big Data analytics, the use of the cloud, Business Process Management (BPM), social media, IIoT, and mobility, have extended the power of Pull beyond Lean manufacturing. In the wake of the current technological innovation wave, it is not uncommon for manufacturers to not know what next step to take.
In light of these new developments, this white paper will focus on the mechanism of business transformation enabled by these technologies, which can be attributed to two major forces: the power of Pull and digitization. Nine practical applications are detailed, showing how innovative manufacturers can better
Companies that manufacture industrial equipment find themselves in a unique place among manufacturers:
• Their products can range from small components to mammoth machines for mines or mills.
• They rarely order large production runs and may be called on to create a process that results in an order of one.
• Their markets impose challenging constraints.
Customers want more choices, more options, more extras, and more features. And they want the order to be fulfilled sooner. The competitive environment is forcing model cycles to shrink, pressuring manufacturers to accelerate processes that are unable to keep pace. Dassault Systèmes DELMIA has assembled an industry-specific set of roles for industrial equipment manufacturers that brings these challenges under control.
Robots play a major role in making manufacturing processes more efficient and
less labor intensive. They can help control costs and improve quality, as well as
increase productivity. The complexity of robotic system design, however, creates
obstacles for many manufacturers, and this is made more difficult by the need to
identify and integrate subsystems from multiple vendors.
NexCOBOT, a NEXCOM company, offers a flexible, modular robotics solution
integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with machine vision and powered by the
new Intel® Vision Accelerator Design products. The solution brings together
the insight of artificial intelligence, the mobility of robotics, and the capabilities
of machine vision, providing a new level of precision and optimization for
manufacturing and industrial implementations.