The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It is made up of billions of “smart” devices—from miniscule chips to mammoth machines—that use wireless technology to talk to each other (and to us). Most IoT smart devices aren’t in your home or phone—they are in factories, businesses, and healthcare. Why? Because smart objects give these major industries…

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Guest Blog from Acuity… This year has been a stressful year for many, including manufacturing company owners and leaders.   Many thought that 2019 was a tough year, with the trade war and skilled labor shortage. Then, in early spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the entire world economy. Some manufacturing areas, like food…

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The nature of manufacturing systems faces ever more complex, dynamic and at times even chaotic behaviors. In order to being able to satisfy the demand for high-quality products in an efficient manner, it is essential to utilize all means available. One area, which saw fast pace developments in terms of not only promising results but…

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Guest Blog from Infor… In greater numbers, manufacturers are choosing the Cloud to deliver mission-critical ERP functionality and related applications to end users. It’s true that many of the early adopters of Cloud ERP were motivated by cost reduction. Internal IT staff could spend more time on high-value tasks by delegating routine maintenance tasks to…

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been around for some time now.  Simply described, IoT is a system of interrelated devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.  Because of recent advances in architecture, hardware and software technology IoT is no longer just a buzzword.  It is changing how we…

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Guest Blog from Acuity… Even as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers need to think about technology and the future of their businesses. Here are five technologies every manufacturing leader should be considering.   Mixed reality (MR) Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have combined into mixed reality. Application and acceptance…

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Guest Blog from Infor… Many organizations tend to view warehouse operations as cost center due to the labor, equipment, and physical inventory. However, with business models rapidly changing through e-commerce, omni-channel, curbside pickup, 3D printing, and more, warehouse operations empower a company to gain a competitive advantage by ensuring customer loyalty and brand excellence stays…

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HAPPY MANUFACTURING MONTH! Here we are in “new normal” for the manufacturing space… well in all spaces really.  Each day, more and more companies are adapting, finding ways to get back up to speed.  In navigating forward there seems to be a renewed emphasis on adaptation; being able to shift and evolve is more important…

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Guest Blog from Acuity… I have been involved in the manufacturing industry since 1979 and have worked in a wide range of industries for multinational, small, and mid-size companies. Though there was rarely a dull moment, I think 2019 and 2020 have been the most taxing and stressful years when looking at supply chains for…

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Infor announced the end of life for its 9.1 Release of XA on June 30, 2020.  What this means is that Infor Support will still try to help Customers if they have a problem, but no new fixes for that problem will be implemented at the 9.1 level.  Many Customers are currently still on some…

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Nominations are being accepted starting August 17!   This marks the 5th year of this annual contest, celebrating the novel and needed products manufactured by people in our hometowns. Wisconsin companies make an impressive and incredibly diverse list of products.  Top goods include food and beverage products, as well as machinery and fabricated metal products…

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If you’ve tried to apply an update to Infor XA’s PUI (Product Update Information) Tool lately, you might have been surprised to see your entire PUI Database disappear!  Luckily, this is easy to fix.   PUI is a tool provided with Infor XA that can be used to check the level of each object in…

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