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What Makes a Successful Digital Leader?

Here's five traits that a digital leader must have. The digital future is arriving quickly. Will you be ready to lead the charge?
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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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Are You a Digital Disruptor or a Follower?

Here are five suggestions to help you take charge of the digital transformation now underway in manufacturing, helping you become the digital disruptor.
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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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Five Trends Shaping the Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Industry

These are just a few of the important trends in a rapidly transforming industry. Aerospace & Defense is being thrust into disruption and innovation, but the good news is that digital technology has matured and is ready to respond to the new environment.
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CMMI: A Standard for Software Developers, and Why It Matters

iBASEt has been awarded a Level 3 certification for CMMI Development, a significant milestone that recognizes the company’s serious commitment to continuous improvement as an integrated component of the product development process.
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5 Ways to Know if You Are Having a Good Day

To know if you’re having a good day, you need up-to-the-minute information on how the factory is performing at any given moment. With an integrated MES, real-time visibility, and a well-designed data warehouse, it’s possible to see exactly what’s happening on the plant floor at any moment.
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Are You Having a Good Day?

Processing data manually without a standard procedure can lead to mistakes, expose a business to making wrong decisions, or experience data security vulnerabilities.
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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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How APQP Plays a Critical Role in a Digital Thread

What makes APQP so important is that it provides a framework for focusing on product quality early in the design process and includes the perspective of how production processes affect final component quality.
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A Closer Look at MES and New Product Introduction

Recently, I wrote about several ways that a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can improve New Product Introduction (NPI). In that article, I explained how an MES can play a critical role in improving and streamlining the new product introduction process.
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Quality Assurance, Control & Management – Are they Similar or ...

With so many manufacturers focusing on operational excellence and global competition a given, it is not surprising that quality has become a critical control point. Manufacturers have variously deployed quality control (QC), quality management (QM) and/or quality assurance (QA), or product assurance (PA) in complex discrete manufacturing to drive quality throughout their operations.
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Q&A from Pick the Right Metrics for MES Success

The theme of our latest educational webinar, Pick the Right Metrics for MES Success, can be seen as an extension of the need to reevaluate the selection process for a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
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It’s Time to Redefine the “E” in EQMS

Roughly ten years ago Quality Management System (QMS) software was still primarily paper-based, focused strictly on plant floor manufacturing operations. The market began to transform, and along came the term “eQMS” to designate it was “electronic” or did not require the use of paper.
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5 Differences Between Enterprise Manufacturing and Business Intelligence

As I pointed out in a previous article, “Manufacturing Intelligence is More Than Just Charts and Gauges,” I provided a brief history of enterprise manufacturing intelligence. I explained how it has evolved, what new market entrants now exist, and what the following generation product has become.
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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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3 Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful MES Install

While many benefits can easily document a successful MES install, the challenge is achieving the forecasted benefits quickly (or even at all) based on how the project is planned, the pilot site is identified, or what decisions are made early in the design process.
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iBASEt is Building on Lessons Learned in 2020

The lessons learned in 2020 have not only made our company more resilient, but have allowed us to redesign our business processes and incorporate these improvements into our software solutions.
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How MES Can Improve The New Product Introduction Process

Becoming a digital master with New Product Introduction will set you apart and become a critical part of staying competitive. And with MES, you can do so with far better performance that can accelerate your new product launches to top speed.
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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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Q&A on The Importance of Software Acceptance Testing Webinar

The theme of our fourth educational webinar, The Importance of End User Acceptance, was a reminder of how important it is to engage with those who will be using an MES or any other IT system as part of the implementation. Here's a summary of what was discussed.
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5 Benefits of the IIoT in Manufacturing

The IIoT is no longer a distant promise for the future. It’s here today. And, it’s one more reason to embrace digital transformation in your manufacturing enterprise.
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Easing Change Management in Manufacturing

Here are three key factors you should seriously consider, which will heavily influence how well a software system can deal with change – and incorporate these concepts when selecting your next manufacturing software purchase.
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Manufacturing Intelligence is More Than Just Charts and Gauges

While legacy Manufacturing Intelligence applications were often nothing more than tools to build simple dashboards to display manufacturing data collected from the shop floor, new solutions are now focused on collecting all the valuable data that can now be collected in near real-time from across a much wider scope of processes, equipment, and applications.
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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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The Importance of eLearning Today

Although eLearning has been around for decades, the business environment changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has made eLearning one of the most important technology shifts in 2020.
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Smart Glasses Add Informed Reality to the Shop Floor

Manufacturing Execution System (MES) vendors are beginning to offer ready-to-go integration for Smart Glasses. All of this makes it practical, for the first time, to consider including Smart Glasses in your next digital transformation project.
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The New Mantra for 2021: Business Scalability in Manufacturing

In the years ahead, the businesses that can successfully scale and change rapidly will reap the most success. Those that provide a wide variety of features, structure, and deployment options can give you the best scalability performance – not to mention will be better able to adapt to new business opportunities.
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Q&A from “Picking the Right MES” Webinar

After Jan completed his presentation, several questions were raised that are shared. We hope this information is helpful with your decision process to pick the right MES that is based your unique business requirements.
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Manufacturing Trends: Five 2021 Predictions

As the end of this pandemic starts to become more of a reality, I suspect many of the changes that have been implemented will likely last to post-pandemic times. Based on this expectation, in a bold move, here is a list of my predictions on how the manufacturing industry will look like in 2021!
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MES, ERP & PLM Integration: A Blueprint for Success

The digital transformation that underlies Industry 4.0 relies on capturing contextual data and aggregating it in such a way to improve decision support and operational excellence.
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iBASEt and AWS Partnership Goes Beyond the Cloud

At Excelerate Innovation 2020, iBASEt launched Solumina iSeries, a Cloud-native platform furthering our commitment to Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings.  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is one of the platforms iBASEt is supporting that is very popular among manufacturers. 
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5 Great Features of iSeries

Every member of the enterprise can benefit from the iSeries, from line workers to top-level decision-makers. Today, technology innovation is accelerating like never before, and when it’s properly harnessed, as in the iSeries, we’re just starting to see the amazing things it lets us do.
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Excelerate Innovation 2020: The Power of Listening

For two days, some 400 customers and guests joined our online conference to learn about the new Solumina iSeries, and how it can accelerate and simplify the move to digitally transform complex, highly engineered manufacturing operations.
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Microservices are a Manufacturing Software Must Have

Manufacturers must put agility at the top of their survival plans for operations. Their top question is often “Who should I work with and what software will allow me to accomplish these objectives?”
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Q&A from IT/OT Convergence Webinar

We had the opportunity to hear from Jan Snoeij on the topic of IT/OT convergence. If you are a bit unclear on what this concept really means and its importance as part of a digital transformation strategy, it might be worth 30 minutes of your time to hear this presentation.
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Manufacturers Need to Rethink Digital Transformation

Between COVID-19, the very visible impact of climate change, and the global geopolitical environment, just automating business processes will not deliver the benefits many companies seek from their Digital Transformation initiatives.
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7 Best Practices While Delivering Remote Consulting Services

Since COVID-19 has impacted all our customers across their entire value chain, most have already adapted systems to support their internal teams, as well as how they now work with suppliers, including iBASEt. Here are a few insights we have learned that can help with your transition to providing and receiving remote consultation services.
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In MES, Microservices Deliver High Benefits

The architectural model based on microservices has emerged as the preferred method to develop software applications, particularly for those delivered via the Cloud.
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Best-of-Breed vs. Single Suite – Picking an MES

In my last blog post, I examined the evaluation choice of what OT architecture is best between a Best-of-Breed or single-vendor suite approach. In this post, I will continue this discussion and focus more on how this decision can play out for those implementing a new Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
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Q&A from Webinar on PBEC’s Digital MRO Transformation

Since airing this presentation, we received many questions on what was involved and how challenges were overcome, so we thought it would be helpful to share these insights for others that are either starting or in the middle of their digital MRO transformation.
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Digital Cloth Is the Fabric of Industry 4.0

For companies that accept they need to weave all their loose threads together into a digital cloth, here is a blueprint on how to begin that process as part of their journey towards an Industry 4.0 future.
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What is IT/OT Convergence – and Why You Should Care

Both OT and IT are being transformed to create a digital infrastructure that is greater than the sum of its parts. As a far-reaching, critical component of how manufacturers operate, this synergy is heralding in a new era of manufacturing execution systems operating as an enterprise application.
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Weaving Digital Threads into a Digital Cloth

A Digital Thread provides the data framework, and the reality is that multiple threads are coexisting, which sometimes resemble a tangled ball of virtual string. The solution to untangling these multiple threads and providing true cross-silo and multi-enterprise data flows is to weave the digital threads into a Digital Cloth.
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Toolkits vs Out-of-the-Box for an MES

Given the complexity of manufacturing operations, different solutions will work better depending upon your needs. However, and out of the box solution offers a compelling option that can get your problem solved much faster and offer a far lower Total Cost of Ownership than any toolkit can promise.
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A Powerful Combination: Agile MES and Deployment

This combined strategy is quite a powerful model to help overcome what has traditionally been a very difficult to achieve – install a Manufacturing Execution System quickly.
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Agile MES Versus Agile Deployment

An Agile MES application has an architecture that allows an implementation team (or those tasked with performing updates or future maintenance) to dynamically perform updates to capabilities quickly to the actual software itself – in addition to how it is deployed.
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Why Now is the Time to Cut Technical Debt

The deeper that a company falls into a Technical Debt “hole,” the harder it is to climb out. The way to break free of this cycle is to start now. As you evaluate the next enterprise operations system, you have to make a choice. Will you own your enterprise solution, or will it own you?
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MRO Market Likely to Rebound First

Today is an excellent time to review and asses your MRO. Investing in a MRO execution system reduces future costs and increases productivity.
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Will COVID-19 be the Catalyst to All-Digital Regulatory Compliance?

With the world facing a massive public health crisis, new drugs and medical devices are required in large quantities. With big pressure to get product out, people are taking shortcuts. Fortunately, many new enterprise software tools have emerged to better manage regulatory compliance reporting
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KPI Metrics Are Changing (Once Again) – Can Your Systems Keep Up?

During times of dynamic change – we know what we want, but sometimes the existing infrastructure can’t keep up with expectations. This is happening with all the Industrial Transformation initiatives now in deployment. It is also the case with what KPIs are being measured and how that measurement is being achieved.
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Now is the Time to Double Down Existing Technology and Investments

Now might not be a good time to consider venturing into a brand-new product line. By doubling down on what you already have, the learning curve is minimal, the relationship already exists, and your precious time can be focused on identifying new opportunities.
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5 Ways to Measure Success in Digital Transformation

LNS Research recently conducted an in-depth study of the factors that separated aerospace and defense (A&D) companies that have been successful with their industrial transformation from the rest. From reading their findings, several conclusions can be drawn from the data.
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3 Ways the Digital Enterprise Can Better Navigate Uncertainty in Today’s ...

As the world fights the coronavirus, it is quickly becoming evident that “business as usual” no longer applies. New business models will be evaluated, and massive “pivots” may be needed to meet the evolving needs of our society. The Digital Enterprise is best poised to be part of the new “non-normal” environment we now operate in.
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The Importance of Technology Investment in Down Markets

Today, we face an extreme market disruption, and in times of economic uncertainty or decline, the investment made in new or existing IT systems can have a really big impact on how companies are able to weather the storm.
Aerospace & Defense

5 Steps to Building A High Value Digital Ecosystem for Manufacturing

McKinsey has been giving heavy emphasis to the need to forming a digital B2B ecosystem in MRO and manufacturing. One of the points stressed was the importance and value of creating a digital ecosystem that spans the entire supply chain.
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Why is Industrial Transformation so Difficult?

Many businesses are implementing a digitalization strategy to transform their business processes. Continue reading to learn the difference between business transformation and industrial transformation and the challenges companies face that don’t operate in the industrial world.
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Digital Continuity – The First Step to Creating an Industry Ecosystem

As new digital marketplaces continue to evolve and expand, there is a risk of being left behind if investments are not made today to be part of this ecosystem. Fortunately, an industry ecosystem can be readily established that is valuable to customers and end users. Continue reading to learn about first steps.
Aerospace & Defense

Create a Digital Ecosystem by Taking a Cue from the Tech Giants

Continue reading to see how existing digital platforms provided by the tech giants could be a potential threat to the spare parts business that many Aerospace & Defense manufacturers have come to rely upon as part of their business model. This post will explore the merit of this prediction and what steps can be taken to minimize this threat as part of a digital transformation strategy.
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What Manufacturers Can Learn from the Digital Transformation of Other ...

As manufacturers are busy digitizing operations and processes, it can be beneficial to learn from those that have gone before down this road. By doing so, traditional manufacturers and supply chain providers can learn from history to better navigate this point of transition in their industry.
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Reduce the Risk of an MES Deployment by Thinking like a Venture Capitalist

Successful Venture Capitalists have one thing in common – they know how to effectively manage risk. Given the challenges and risks associated with implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES), perhaps manufacturers can learn from this community and reduce the risk of failure in an MES deployment?
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Preparing for 21st Century Workforce Challenges

We have a generational conflict going on in MRO and sustainment operations. Veteran personnel, many of whom are nearing retirement age, have learned invaluable, hands-on skills. The new crop of arrivals have quite a different orientation, growing up in a digital world.
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New Standards for the Industrial IoT in Manufacturing

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has released new standards for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) designed to provide a connectivity framework that can be held in common by IT companies, manufactures and providers of operational technology (OT).
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Industry 4.0 Needs Smart MES

Industry 4.0, then, is changing the face of manufacturing. But technologies such as AI, analytics, machine learning and IIoT fall largely into the IT camp. This requires a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) designed and built for the complex discrete manufacturing while also providing a pathway towards digital transformation.
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Partnering to Achieve Critical Digital Transformation Success at Lockheed ...

The most advanced know that a powerful ecosystem of alliance partners, including market leader Accenture working with software technology innovators like iBASEt, can team together to provide an operational architecture capable of supporting the most demanding complex manufacturing enterprise.
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The Future of Automation, Part II: How Augmented Reality Can Transform ...

In this blog, AR becomes the topic of discussion. AR is no longer a distant, sci-fi dream. This technology is already flooding onto the shop floor and into field service. It overlays virtual objects on top of the real world to aid the user in terms of understanding, perception or action.
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The Future of Automation, Part I: How AI will Impact Automation

Human-centered engineering models are labor intensive and require constant verification, rework and re-keying. By adding digitization and AI into the mix, it is possible to transform the old model into an automated system that facilitates continuous operational learning and productivity gains that exceed existing approaches.
Aerospace & Defense

A New Era for Space Exploration

The closure of the U.S. Space Shuttle program in 2011 seemed like the end of an era. Yet since then, the sector has experienced a renaissance. A major stepping stone to the achievement of this goal is the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The Lunar Gateway will function as a lunar-orbit space station, a solar-powered communications hub, science laboratory, short-term habitation module, and holding area for rovers and other craft.
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Automation Driving Digital Transformation

Companies automating and integrating in the IT dimension are moving the needle towards digital manufacturing faster while getting immediate benefits from modern manufacturing execution systems.
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Escalating Trade War Could Spark Digital Manufacturing

New technology and new business models are needed to raise the profitability of domestic manufacturing production. Digital manufacturing is the obvious answer. With more and more firms forced into digitization and greater levels of automation, the far reaches of the entire supply chain will become easier to digitize.
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Digital Maturity Translates into Market Dominance

Digitally advanced companies are not just those focused on the consumer. As it turns out, there are digitization champions in just about every vertical. This includes the aerospace and defense industries where the goal is comprehensive digitization of manufacturing to encompass all shop floor, administrative, management and supply chain interactions.
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The Future of Manufacturing

Factories are implementing automation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology to change the way they operate. Continue reading to see how the future of digital manufacturing is on the forefront.
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Digital Transformation Driving IT Spending Rise

IT spending hasn’t been particularly strong since the 2008 recession. But there is good news. It is expected to rise this year according to a report by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). An in-depth ESG survey of enterprise users found that 58% of organizations anticipate a jump in IT spending in 2019.
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Virtual Reality and AR in Manufacturing

AR and VR are buzz words that have been trending around many industries including manufacturing for a while now. With so many companies claiming to provide AR/VR solutions for all types of different needs, this blog addresses how these technologies impact manufacturing and what you need to consider when adopting them.
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Is Your Digital Transformation 5G Ready?

5G is upon us as every major telecom company is in a mad dash to bring 5G near you. The real question is, are enterprises ready to take advantage of the new 5G enhancements? And, just as important, are their enterprise applications ready for 5G?
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Why MES is Foundational to Digital Manufacturing

Continue reading about how many new technologies are being introduced into manufacturing operations, yet MES—which has been around for decades—is viewed as a foundational enabler of digital transformation.
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Where Are You on Your Digital Manufacturing Journey?

Keeping up with new digital initiatives in the complex discrete manufacturing space today can be overwhelming. Yet Digital Manufacturing and establishing the Digital Thread in the enterprise are vital programs for long-term success.
Aerospace & Defense

Defense Spending Upswing Ahead

Global defense spending is in an upswing due to geopolitical expansion. Continue reading to see how this trend aligns with the digital thread.
Aerospace & Defense

Virgin Galactic Success Foreshadows a New Space Race

Virgin Atlantic's most recent venture into space signifies a movement toward elevated space travel, space freight, or space tourism. Continue reading to learn more about the new space race.
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MES is the Foundation for Digital Manufacturing

There is a lot of hype around technology these days--machine learning, smart robots, digital twins, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT)--everybody is talking about them.
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Manufacturers Tame Complexity with Cloud Solutions

Manufacturers today face enormous complexity. From operations to supply chains to logistics, the intricate challenges of competing in a global market are at an apex — and on top of it all, […]
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What is Market Disruption?

Continue reading to learn what market disruption is and how executives can capitalize upon its benefits.
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Understanding the Uniqueness of Complex Discrete MES

Complex discrete MES is unlike any other. There is no substitute for the domain knowledge that is provided by the complexity of the products engineered for an MES of this type. This comparison becomes quickly apparent for many.
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Civil Nuclear Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

American industry has many competitive strengths, including its history as a pioneer of civil nuclear energy, and its status as the home for top-performing companies across the supply chain.
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Benchmarking the Digital Thread

Digital Thread Readiness is rising, but adoption is lagging behind necessity. Explore the results of iBASEt's Digital Thread Survey.
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How to Improve Shipyard Operations

Shipyards need to modernize practices and leverage digital technologies to take operations to new levels of productivity.
Aerospace & Defense

Lockheed Martin’s Digital Thread Vision

Our recent visit to Frost & Sullivan’s 14th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit was memorable on a number of counts, but two in particular stand out:
Aerospace & Defense

Paris Air Show 2017 Recap

The Paris Air Show remains by far the world's leading aerospace event and the world’s longest-running and most complete air show...
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The Digital Thread Explained

Digital thread connects model data, product structure data, metadata and more to present greater visibility across departments.
Aerospace & Defense

Space Tech Expo 2017 Recap

We had the opportunity to exhibit our iBASEt booth at Space Tech Expo USA in Pasadena, California last week.
Aerospace & Defense

The State of the Aviation MRO Market

Outsourced maintenance, regional differences, and new technologies are all important trends in the global aviation MRO market.
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The SQM Advantage

SQM is a competitive advantage in manufacturing. AS9100 Rev D points to how rigorous quality management has become in aerospace.
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Excelerate 2017: Day Two Highlights

Excelerate 2017 brought together experts from inside and outside of iBASEt to discuss interesting use cases and best practices for Solumina Users.
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Evaluating the Quality Management System

Evaluating the entire quality management system is essential, because, in complex manufacturing, addressing quality goes beyond reducing the number of defects.
Aerospace & Defense

MRO Trends for 2017

Aviation MRO spend is expected to increase by nearly 50 percent in the next decade, driven by increases in both passengers and the aircraft fleets that serve them.
Aerospace & Defense

The EURONAVAL 2016 Event Recap

The bi-annual EURONAVAL event is said to be the world’s largest meeting of naval technologies with 355 exhibitors, over 400 journalists and nearly 25,000 trade visitors.
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Navigating the Digital Enterprise

Digitization of manufacturing, connecting engineering to the plant floor, the supply chain to manufacturing, customers with suppliers, and vice versa.
Aerospace & Defense

MRO Compliance without Consternation

A recent article on Aviation Week underscored just how maddening MRO compliance can be. The feature pointed to the new parts documentation requirement.
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Best Practices to Enabling the Digital Thread

The Digital Thread integrates design, engineering, manufacturing and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) systems, establishing a seamless flow of information. This type of integration employs data and analytics across the complete product life cycle, optimizing efficiency, from design to manufacturing, operations and maintenance to service in a closed loop.
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Making the Case for Enterprise Quality Management Systems (EQMS)

Operational challenges include disparate systems and data sources, ineffective measurement of quality metrics, and the departmentalization of quality (i.e., quality understood as a department, not an organizational responsibility).
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What is MES and Do You Need It?

This post briefly defines what MES is and what may be happening in your plant that indicates you may need it.
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The Impact of ISO 13485

The publication of the ISO 13485:2016 standard in March of this year realizes work that began in July 2014 with the rejection of the first Draft International Standard (DIS)
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The Advantages of Comprehensive MES

A recent post on the LNS Research (LNS) addresses approaches to Work-In-Progress (WIP) management by complex discrete manufacturers.
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MES is an Essential Part of Smart Manufacturing

A number of terms have emerged to describe the current manufacturing transformation: smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the Model-Based enterprise are most prominent among them.
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The Advantages of Integrating Quality in MES

A recent article in Quality Magazine details a laundry list of symptoms of Quality Management Systems (QMS) that remain immature through sloppy collecting and handling of data.
Aerospace & Defense

Roundup of Aerospace Forecasts and Predictions, 2016

Overall, the aerospace manufacturing industry is beginning to ramp up in 2016. In last year's Roundup of Aerospace Forecasts and Predictions, 2015, the experts were more optimistic about the aerospace growth, but in reality, the growth has been slow. It seems we are in the midst of a transition phase and will see significant growth starting late this year or next year.
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Smart Manufacturing: What is it? What are the Barriers? Where Do I Begin?

Kicking off the first session in MESA’s Smart Manufacturing track at the Manufacturing & Technology Conference, iBASEt lead an interactive presentation explaining the current landscape of Smart Manufacturing, and the barriers businesses face to achieve this type of connected environment.
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Why is there a Disconnect between Engineering and the Shop floor when I ...

Your Bill of Materials (BOM) and process plans are fully developed, and now your team of experts are able to get to work, and bring your design to life. Unfortunately, as your project grows, so does the amount of paperwork necessary to get the job done and ensure quality and compliance.
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What iBASEt’s CMMI Appraisal Means to Customers

CMMI Institute helps organizations discover the true value they can deliver their customers by providing a comprehensive framework to ensure best practices are captured, shared and adopted by companies like iBASEt.
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Waiting for an eDHR Mandate? Best-in-Class Medical Device Manufacturers ...

In today’s highly competitive, fast-paced medical and diagnostic device industry, manufacturer’s often struggle to find the right time to shift away from their costly, inefficient and error-prone processes, such as assembling a DHR (Device History Record) from multiple paper and spreadsheet sources.
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Best Practices in MES Selection for Complex Discrete Manufacturing

Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an intimidating task, especially if it means your reputation is on the line. With impending project proposals and a need to compete in today’s competitive manufacturing industry, your company can’t afford to make the wrong decision.
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How to Write Clear Work Instructions in Manufacturing – 3 Tips

Most of our process planning authors have never taken a course or have read information about writing work instructions. Technical writing is a very different type and style of writing. More specifically, it is an abbreviated type of writing.
Aerospace & Defense

What is Complex Discrete Manufacturing?

Complex discrete manufacturing industries manufacture complex highly engineered products with longer product cycle times and multiple levels of subassemblies in their bills of material.
Aerospace & Defense

5 Digital Thread Insights from AeroDef 2016 Survey

This year, iBASEt surveyed AeroDef attendees on the show floor to observe the connection between engineering and manufacturing within the Aerospace and Defense industry.
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2016 Predictions: Manufacturing Execution Systems Adoption in EMEA

Manufacturing Execution Systems automation software helps manufacturing industries to improve operational performance by automating, executing, and managing various processes. The rising demand for mass production in various industries in the EMEA region has led to the surge in adoption of Manufacturing Execution Systems software.
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3 Manufacturing Execution System Myths Hindering Productivity

In order to stay competitive in today’s fast paced manufacturing industry, manufacturers must evolve beyond simply tracking defects, failures and corrections, and start integrating quality management practices that prevent errors.
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Digital Thread Connects Four in Manufacturing

Manufacturers have the unrelenting need to innovate and create products faster with higher levels of quality. A major problem that stands in the way of accomplishing these goals are the preexisting silos throughout the product lifecycle value chain.
Aerospace & Defense

AeroDef 2016 Recap

Last week, we had the opportunity to exhibit at AeroDef 2016 Manufacturing Expo and Conference in Long Beach, California. Exhibitors and attendees arrived to AeroDef from across the country, some even traveling from overseas seeking aerospace and defense visions and innovations.
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New Acronyms from the FDA: UDI and GUDID

On September 24, 2013, the FDA established a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system to identify all medical devices sold in the U.S. starting from the point of manufacture, through all distribution channels, and to the eventual sale to the consumer.
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Top 5 Risks You Need to Know Before Selecting a Manufacturing Execution ...

Taking the time to do proper risk management, identifying and mitigating risks, can protect the organization from unnecessary costs and heartache. In this post, you will find key risk factors that you must understand in both approaches to ensure a smooth path to implementation.
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MOM Can Help with Your Quality Complaint System

Every time a company receives notification that there is a problem with their product, no matter what the reason for the complaint, at a minimum it has to be documented and investigated.
Aerospace & Defense

The 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 Are Defining The Future of ...

Nearly 80% of senior execs rate innovation as either the top-most priority or a top-three priority for their company. The following graphic compares where innovation and product development tank among respondent company’s top strategic priorities over the last ten years.
Analytics

7 Key Take-Aways And Predictions From IDG’s 2015 Enterprise Cloud ...

Enterprises surveyed are predicting they will invest an average of $2.87M in cloud computing technologies in 2016. 90% of enterprises are relying on APIs in their cloud integration plans for 2016. 25% of total IT budgets will be allocated to cloud computing in 2016. Security continues to be the biggest challenge enterprises face in adopting cloud computing.
Analytics

10 Predictions for Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing ...

Bottom line: Manufacturers today are facing the global challenges of staying in step with increasingly complex customer requirements while accelerating product development and reducing costs. Excelling on these three dimensions is going to require an entirely new level of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Manufacturing Intelligence and analytics performance.
Cost of Quality Roadmap for Medical Device
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Cost of Quality Roadmap for Medical Device

In order to make strides towards operational excellence, medical device manufacturers need to gain greater insights into their Cost of Quality
Analytics

Tapping Cloud Computing’s Full Potential

Taking a cloud first approach requires redefining how new IT operational models scale to support and accelerate emerging and existing business models.
Analytics

10 Ways Analytics Are Accelerating Digital Manufacturing

Digital manufacturing strategies are gaining ground as manufacturers adopt big data and analytics to improve operational effectiveness, time-to-market, new product development and increase product quality and reliability.
Aerospace & Defense

Don’t Let the Marketing Fool You, Real Value Gets Created on the ...

You can have all the fancy tools, all the simulation that shows how products could be assembled, but if your shop floor isn't working efficiently, if they don't have the right tool to build the product, those other fancy options bring you no value.
Aerospace & Defense

Making Supplier Quality Management Pay

Supply chains are the lifeblood of any business, and the more agile and flexible they are, the greater resilience and strength any manufacturer has.
Aerospace & Defense

53% of Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers Say Growth is Their Top Priority

The greatest supply chain challenges A&D manufacturers face include ensuring sufficient supplier capacity meet demand (43%), supplier performance in terms of risk, reliability and quality (43%) and flexibility and responsiveness to changes in demand or product mix (40%).
Top Three Insights from the 2015 Paris Air Show
Aerospace & Defense

Top Three Insights from the 2015 Paris Air Show

Every two years in June, aviation and space enthusiasts turn their attention to the International Air Show and Space of Paris-Le Bourget (SIAE), more commonly known as the Paris Air Show. This is the largest international event representing the aviation, aerospace and defense industries on a global scale today.
Analytics

For Smart Manufacturing – Integration Standards are a Must

New demands on manufacturing, such as shorter time to market, shorter lifecycles, increased number of product configurations, high performance, flexible dynamic processes, are driving the need for smarter and more automated machines and production processes.
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5 Killers of Cycle Time

Sure, you have a lean shop and your personnel can quickly access their tools, but after that shop is lean and they are still spending time not working on product, then you are suffering from one of the top five killers of cycle time.
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Are Your Manufacturing Operations Ready for Transparency?

Transparency is an essential condition for a free and open exchange and evaluation of priorities for process improvements. It is essential to creating a culture of trust and teamwork in the organization.
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iBASEt User Conference 2015: Registration Now Open!

In addition to our users, non-Solumina users from complex manufacturing industries including aerospace & defense, medical device, nuclear, electronics and industrial are also welcome to attend.
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Why ERP Isn’t the Answer to All Your Enterprise Needs

Many companies spend a small fortune and years of effort implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system only to find themselves still struggling to manage their manufacturing operations.
Aerospace & Defense

What is an Electronic Device Record?

The term eDHR - electronic device history record - is being thrown around a lot these days.  But what exactly is an eDHR?
Aerospace & Defense

3D Printing Trends in Aerospace, 2015

In a 2014 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) survey of more than 100 industrial manufacturers, two-thirds were already using 3D printing.
Aerospace & Defense

2015 Roundup of Global Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Trends

Manufacturers are chasing the best design, engineering and production talent globally while attempting to reduce costs and improve quality. Managing to these constraints is always challenging and also changing the structure of the aerospace and defense industry.
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How Supplier Quality Helps Pilots Excel

From the initial supplier quality qualifications, audits and sourcing requirements to production and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), all aspects of jet production are predicated on quality management.
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5 Ways Companies Are Leveraging Quality Management Feedback Loops Today

In the field of quality management, there are many different methodologies and best practices you can follow. Regardless of your school of thought, however, one thing nearly all professionals and experts have agreed upon since the dawn of production is the importance of early detection with regard to quality non-conformances.
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The Advantages of Paperless MRO

Working in the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) world, you already wear a lot of hats:  Managing tasks, keeping unforgiving maintenance schedules, evaluating and standardizing processes and much, much more. 
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