IoT script in white over chalkboard style drawings of web connection, devices, world and terms

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…

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Human Error depicted by Black figure pushing question mark ball

To Err is Human, to Preempt Using Technology is Bliss. For over twenty years now, the Hubble Space Telescope has been providing NASA with spectacular images of space.  Back when it was created and installed, only blurry and distorted images were coming back.  Three years went by, with NASA believing this Hubble Telescope was a…

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2 workers in protective gear overlooking & pointing to blurred scenery.

Neighborhood wide, Nationwide, and Enterprise wide. In hard times, it’s easy to dwell on what you can’t do.  But resilient people and pioneering companies often see this as the time to reevaluate.  When struggling, often the best place to start is with “the basics.”  What was it you focused on 5 or 10 years ago;…

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In part 1 of this blog we helped to clarify what an MES is and the role it plays in your well functioning manufacturing corporation. In review, an MES is the functional layer between the ERP and the process control systems on the factory floor. Giving manufacturers real-time workflow visibility, flexibility, and insight into how…

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Hardhat worker profile, depicting“inside out” or a worker-centric MES model.

Today, many consumers do their “due diligence” in making purchases, whether it’s using consumer reports, scouring the internet, or polling friends and family.  Making an informed decision makes all of us feel more comfortable moving forward with a purchase or project.  The time and effort you commit doing research probably has a lot to do…

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Colorful photo near end of Red Tractor Assembly Line

When most people think of manufacturing, they think of an assembly line—classic Henry Ford motor car production lines for example. The benefit of that system was the repetition brought about increasing consistency and a high number of finished items to be sold. This would be a classic example of low-mix, high-volume line (LMHV); where you…

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