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Processing data manually without a standard procedure can lead to mistakes, expose a business to making wrong decisions, or experience data security vulnerabilities.
3 Reasons Why You Might Not Want to Extend the Life of Your Existing MES
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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.
A Closer Look at MES and New Product Introduction
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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.
Quality Assurance, Control & Management – Are they Similar or Different?
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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.
It’s Time to Redefine the “E” in EQMS
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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.
Use Emerging Industry 4.0 Metrics To Measure Digital Transformation Success
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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. 
3 Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful MES Install
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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.
Avoid Technical Debt by Rationalizing Your IT/OT Architecture
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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.
Easing Change Management in Manufacturing
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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.
Manufacturing Intelligence is More Than Just Charts and Gauges
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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.
MES & Lean Manufacturing: Friend or Foe?
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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?
The Importance of eLearning Today
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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.
Smart Glasses Add Informed Reality to the Shop Floor
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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.
The New Mantra for 2021: Business Scalability in Manufacturing
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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.
Q&A from “Picking the Right MES” Webinar
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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.
Manufacturing Trends: Five 2021 Predictions
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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!
iBASEt and AWS Partnership Goes Beyond the Cloud
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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. 
5 Great Features of iSeries
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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.
Excelerate Innovation 2020: The Power of Listening
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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.
Q&A from IT/OT Convergence Webinar
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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.
Manufacturers Need to Rethink Digital Transformation
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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.
7 Best Practices While Delivering Remote Consulting Services
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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.
Best-of-Breed vs. Single Suite – Picking an MES
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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).
Q&A from Webinar on PBEC’s Digital MRO Transformation
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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.
Digital Cloth Is the Fabric of Industry 4.0
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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.
What is IT/OT Convergence – and Why You Should Care
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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.
Weaving Digital Threads into a Digital Cloth
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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.
Toolkits vs Out-of-the-Box for an MES
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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.
Agile MES Versus Agile Deployment
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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.
Why Now is the Time to Cut Technical Debt
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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?
KPI Metrics Are Changing (Once Again) – Can Your Systems Keep Up?
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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.
5 Ways to Measure Success in Digital Transformation
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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.
3 Ways the Digital Enterprise Can Better Navigate Uncertainty in Today’s Marketplace
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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.
Why is Industrial Transformation so Difficult?
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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.
Digital Continuity – The First Step to Creating an Industry Ecosystem
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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.
Create a Digital Ecosystem by Taking a Cue from the Tech Giants
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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.
Preparing for 21st Century Workforce Challenges
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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.
New Standards for the Industrial IoT in Manufacturing
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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).
Industry 4.0 Needs Smart MES
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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.
The Future of Automation, Part I: How AI will Impact Automation
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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.
A New Era for Space Exploration
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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.
Automation Driving Digital Transformation
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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.
Escalating Trade War Could Spark Digital Manufacturing
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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.
Digital Maturity Translates into Market Dominance
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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.
The Future of Manufacturing
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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.
Digital Transformation Driving IT Spending Rise
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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.
Virtual Reality and AR in Manufacturing
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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.
Is Your Digital Transformation 5G Ready?
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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?
Paris Air Show 2017 Recap
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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...
The SQM Advantage
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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.
MRO Trends for 2017
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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.
The EURONAVAL 2016 Event Recap
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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.
Best Practices to Enabling the Digital Thread
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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.
The Impact of ISO 13485
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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)
MES is an Essential Part of Smart Manufacturing
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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.
Roundup of Aerospace Forecasts and Predictions, 2016
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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.
What is Complex Discrete Manufacturing?
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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.
2016 Predictions: Manufacturing Execution Systems Adoption in EMEA
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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.
Digital Thread Connects Four in Manufacturing
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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.
AeroDef 2016 Recap
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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.
New Acronyms from the FDA: UDI and GUDID
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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.
7 Key Take-Aways And Predictions From IDG’s 2015 Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey
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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.
10 Predictions for Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Intelligence In 2016
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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.
Top Three Insights from the 2015 Paris Air Show
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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.
5 Killers of Cycle Time
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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.
How Supplier Quality Helps Pilots Excel
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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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