Manufacturing Insights Blog

Plex Benchmarks: Driving Insights through Community, Cloud
Thu Aug 27 11:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
While the Plex Manufacturing Cloud captures critical data about each process and operation, Plex Benchmarks will draw upon this trove of data to aggregate and anonymize key metrics, such as inventory write-offs and inventory on-hand, so manufacturers can compare their performance and uncover best practices.
Plex Insight: Internet of Things Brings Increased Manufacturing Intelligence
Thu Aug 20 11:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) increases manufacturing intelligence and now gives manufacturers’ unprecedented access to data on suppliers, raw materials and machine performance – from the very first step of the manufacturing process to the end customer experience.
What’s Next for Wearables: Google Glass and Ring Scanners Find Practical Uses in Manufacturing Operations Management
Thu Jul 30 11:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
Why wearables? We’re at an unprecedented time in technology evolution, where things like battery capacity, processor performance, display quality, cloud computing, wireless communication and sensor precision are all coming together to enable whole new classes of smart, connected devices.
Make Things: Caltherm Finds Success in the Cloud
Wed Jun 10 11:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
You can make the best products in the world, but accurate and on-time delivery can be just as important to customer satisfaction.
Wearables and Webcams on the Shop Floor
Wed May 13 16:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
For the first-ever Plex State of Manufacturing Technology study, we surveyed more than 130 leading manufacturers to better understand how they use technology in their manufacturing operations today and their plans for emerging technologies in the years ahead.
Make Things: Could Detroit be the Next Silicon Valley?
Sun Apr 12 23:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
As the modern shop floor becomes filled with connected machines, tools and people, it might make you think: Will the Motor City become the next hub for technology?
What’s Next: Manufacturing's Resurgence
Thu Mar 19 08:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Forbes’ second annual Reinventing America Summit. The innovation, ingenuity and enthusiasm on display reinforced my conviction in the resurgence of American manufacturing and our ability to compete globally.
Make Things: Electronics Manufacturing Moves to the Cloud
Tue Mar 10 23:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
“We focus on what we can offer that nobody else can,” explains Firstronic CEO John Sammut. “Our differentiators have become better shop floor controls, advanced technology, speed-to-market and flexibility.”
Make Things: Valentine’s Day Floats on a Cloud
Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
For candy makers, Valentine’s Day is a busy holiday. But what goes into managing the increased demand for holidays like Valentine’s Day? Many ingredients and the Plex Manufacturing Cloud.
Make Things Monday: 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Tue Jan 20 00:00:00 GMT-05:00 2015
The spirit of making things is alive on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show. And all of us at Plex enjoy seeing all the parts, components and assemblies our customers make, showcased in one of the world’s most important automotive events.