Author: Dan Miklovic

Dan Miklovic is the founder and principal analyst at Lean Manufacturing Research, LLC. He has a wealth of experience as an end-user, software vendor, consultant, and market research analyst. He led a plant applications development and implementation team at Weyerhaeuser, was a process system engineer at Scott Paper, led the network design team at a large engineering firm serving the pulp & paper and mining industries. His industry analyst experience includes roles at Gartner, Sustainable Collaborations Group, and LNS Research. He is currently a member of The Analyst Syndicate. He has authored dozens of articles, contributed to several engineering handbooks, authored a text on industrial networking, and was a co-host of World Business Review, a TV program seen on public television, CNBC, and other outlets. You may contact Dan at [email protected].

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Cloud MES Offers a Path to Rapid Scale-up for Emergent Manufacturing ...

If you are an emerging manufacturer in an industry such as micro/LEO satellites, industrial drones, or are building other hi-tech products that support other high growth industries, it just makes a lot of sense to consider what Cloud options exist for all of your business software needs.
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Is it Time for a New Manufacturing Operating Model?

The proliferation of IIoT devices has changed the manufacturing landscape and is now challenging the manufacturing operations model. Will your manufacturing applications be able to support this new model or are they built assuming that the CIM pyramid will stand as long as the real ones have?
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After the Cloud, What is the Next MES Architecture?

Your MES architecture must be Cloud capable, support devices such as AR/VR headsets, handheld displays, and be able to operate in the Cloud, on the plant floor in dedicated services, and offload some of its computational load to edge devices.
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Industry 4.0 Demands More Than Just Execution in a Modern MES

Modern MES solutions, such as those built on a microservice architecture, can provide the real-time data to support predictive capabilities and are more than a simple manufacturing execution system, but instead becoming more of a manufacturing optimization system.
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3 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Extend the Life of Your Existing MES ...

Some manufacturing companies are considering the LC/NC model to extend the life of an existing MES or shop floor control applications instead of investing in a new commercial application. While the initial appeal to extend the life of an existing MES application might seem attractive, there are several reasons why this may not be your best option.
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Use Emerging Industry 4.0 Metrics To Measure Digital Transformation Success

Industry 4.0 is changing the way companies design and manufacture products. As with any major corporate initiative, you must consider reviewing emerging Industry 4.0 metrics to measure and guide success. Doing so will help you better measure the success of not only your implementation of technology but also the impact of driving your digital transformation. 
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Avoid Technical Debt by Rationalizing Your IT/OT Architecture

Each industry may have additional environmental factors as will companies that may have corporate technology standards. Therefore, it's important to pick a set of suppliers that can exist in a compatible ecosystem while minimizing the technical debt associated with a multi-vendor IT/OT architecture.
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MES & Lean Manufacturing: Friend or Foe?

When it comes to an MES, staunch Lean originalists see MES as antithetical to Lean principles. Consequently, some have called into question the value of an MES. Just as with any technology, results can vary. Is an MES a friend or foe to a Lean strategy?
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