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Rockwell Automation Has Acquired Plex Systems

Joseph Puglia

Principal, Plante Moran, Technology Consulting | Manufacturing & Distribution

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About the Author

Joe has 30+ years of food and beverage manufacturing and supply chain experience, with over 15 of those years as an executive-level leader. Joe has led or been a part of over 15 business system implementations in companies ranging from small family-owned companies to Fortune 500 companies. He has helped businesses select and implement WMS, ERP, and subscription enterprise software. Client’s appreciate his advice on working through process reengineering and critical change management challenges. Joe has managed large capital projects including new distribution centers and new manufacturing plant design and startups. His certifications and accreditations include— ISO 9000, SQF Practitioner, FSMA Qualified, and HAACP. He holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Management Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Rollins College.

Leverage OEE with Smart Technology to Improve Production

Joseph Puglia April 14, 2021

Overall equipment effectiveness, or OEE, represents a real opportunity for food and beverage plants to make faster and smarter business decisions. In short, OEE measures how efficient your equipment is operating against theoretical capacity. Theoretical because, in a perfect world, most machines should run at nameplate speed. Then there’s reality....

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ERP Inventory Management Must-Haves: Attribute- and Date-Code System

Joseph Puglia November 13, 2020

Country-of-origin. GMO. Non-GMO. Organic, transitional, non-organic. Heavy metals. Allergens. Inventory management of customer-specific quality parameters is growing more complex by the day. Having the capability through a single digital system to easily manage these attributes alongside expiration date is a must for food and beverage plants. We do mean “a must.” Whether you use FIFO (first in,…

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