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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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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By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. Welcome back!  In Part 1 of this 2-part blog, we uncovered the first (3) simple steps in getting started with the new, next-gen XA User Experience (UX).  These preliminary steps highlighted the progression towards a transition away from standalone client-based “green screen” and Power-Link to a unified platform portal. …

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By Sherry Widrick & Stephanie Wickstrom. The Infor XA Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) suite has a LONG history – over 40 years in the marketplace.  Evolving FROM “green screen” AS/400 interfaces TO “web-based, graphical interfaces” that also incorporate tools for automating & monitoring business processes. Infor XA customers who have endured the older interfaces with…

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  Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.   You and your research team are connected to Center for Intelligent…

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Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.   What are key process improvements you have seen with AI regarding machine…

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  Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist, Mike Schlagenhaufer, recently sat down with Hossein Davari, Data Scientist at Seismos, Inc., and former research associate at NSF Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati, to better understand artificial intelligence and its effect on manufacturing.     Who are you, and how are you connected to…

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As EPA rules change and sustainability becomes a bigger topic, manufacturing practices are changing. Much of that change is driven by governmental regulations, companies themselves, and end users. Also, a new generation of employees want to work for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.   Before I go into what manufacturing can do to…

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  At a high-level, what is cybersecurity, and why should manufacturers care? Are there benefits to utilizing an active versus passive protection system for manufacturers?  Cybersecurity is about protecting your industrial computer systems from unauthorized access, preventing theft, damage, or manipulation of those systems.   Unfortunately, industrial control networks were designed decades ago, before cyber…

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