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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Get up to speed on HA/DR in Part 1 of this series. An additional key aspect to consider in your Infor & IBM environment is planned downtime events, and the ability of your business to tolerate downtime events for regular backups, system upgrades, etc.  Specifically for Infor XA, the daily backup requires that the XA…

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Many companies are faced with challenging decisions regarding the need for continuous accessibility to their business systems.  This document will discuss the concepts and approaches related to High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) specifically aligned to Infor XA on IBM servers running the IBM i operating system.   The Differences between HA and DR…

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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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Red Compass needle pointing to Digital Transformation

A quick Google search on “digital transformation” this morning netted over 17,000,000 hits!  Wow! There are quite a number of places to gain information regarding this subject.  But where should one start when considering its implementation in manufacturing?  More specifically, its impact on the shop floor?  Or when sharing perspectives with executives about our efforts…

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Hand turning backlit dial turning to Industry 4.0 setting

Think for a moment how you utilized your phone 10 years ago, or even 5 years back.  Mobile phones have surpassed being an accessory and for many are now staples in daily function. Many start their day depending on them as an alarm clock, for calendars & reminders, for podcasts through morning commutes, etc.  Not…

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Manufacturing worker on laptop, with notebook and hardhat also on wood table. Updating MES, digital shop floor solution

Do you remember the hesitation and concern that occurred leading up to New Year’s Day 2000?  Many were second-guessing anything that relied on a computer or a program, as well as how society would fair in the “pending” aftermath of Y2K.  A couple years before that inevitable day, in 1998, there were some who were…

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Engineer in hardhat with tablet monitoring automated robotic arms working in plant

If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know I’m a huge supporter of lean manufacturing. During my time in manufacturing, I always felt a good management team knows what is happening within the operation, and lean manufacturing is one of the best ways to accomplish this. On today’s high-tech manufacturing floor, we…

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Close up on metal working machine, bead rolling

Do you know if your equipment is making or costing you money? Can you answer this question confidently and accurately, or do you have to guess the answer? Before we get to the bottom of this ever-important question, I want to dig into a few of the terms I will be using so we are…

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