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Rockwell Automation to Acquire Plex Systems

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Plex Systems, Inc.® delivers the first smart manufacturing platform that empowers the world’s leading innovators to make awesome products. Plex gives process and discrete manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business—from the shop floor to the top floor —to drive business transformation. Built in the cloud, the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes MES, ERP, supply chain planning, Industrial IoT, and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility in an ever-changing market.

The State of Smart Manufacturing: See the Report Your Competitors Are Reading

Plex Team July 28, 2021

Ever wonder what your competitors are up to? Curious about what obstacles they’re dealing with and what technology they’re spending money on? You obviously can’t ask these questions, but if you could, the answers would inform your business decisions in impactful ways. After all, nobody wants to be a late adopter, starting the smart manufacturing race laps behind the rest of the industry....

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Unpacking the Forrester Consulting TEI™ Study: What Does 412% ROI Really Mean?

Plex Team July 7, 2021

Picture any tool at your disposal, whether it’s a machine on your shop floor or the phone in your pocket. How much is that tool worth to you? It’s hard to put a value on solutions that can have a wide impact on your operations. It’s also hard to find an objective opinion. We know that the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform can transform your business, but why should you believe us? And why should…

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Setting (and Raising) the Bar with the 2021 Industry Leader Impact Award Winner

Plex Team June 21, 2021

Leadership isn’t about achieving success. It’s about breaking old molds and revising the blueprint to achieve win after win....

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Reinventing Accuracy, Efficiency, and Safety with the 2021 Innovator Impact Award Winner

Plex Team June 14, 2021

Innovators don’t just push the envelope; they push the world forward. Without them, assembly lines wouldn’t exist. Cell phones would still be the size of a brick. And Netflix would still be mailing you DVDs. That’s why we’re celebrating the achievements of the 2021 Product or Technology Innovator Impact Award recipient. This is a company that embodies the smart manufacturing movement while…

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What Is An Additive Manufacturing Execution System?

Plex Team June 10, 2021

Additive manufacturing (AM) is the industrial production name for 3D printing. Using computer aided design (CAD) or 3D object scanners, additive manufacturing allows for the creation of three-dimensional objects by depositing materials, usually in layers. As production continues to grow and additive manufacturing industrializes, manufacturers require effective strategies to help them manage their…

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Producing 32 Million COVID Tests with the 2021 Business Operations Transformer Impact Award Winner

Plex Team June 9, 2021

There’s changing the way you operate, and then there’s transforming your business. That can mean different things for different manufacturers, especially when facing the unimaginable circumstances of the last year. The stakes were high. The world was watching. And one company scaled rapidly to jump into the fight against COVID-19....

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PowerPlex 2021 Key Takeaways Part 2: Unlimited Possibilities

Plex Team May 27, 2021

After a jam-packed schedule full of insight, networking, and inspiration, PowerPlex 2021 is officially in the books. It was rewarding to enable so much human connection in a safe way while providing experiences that progress manufacturers’ goals. It’s why we do what we do. We’re already looking forward to next year, but first let’s round out the highlights from the rest of this year’s conference…

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PowerPlex 2021 Key Takeaways Part 1: Smart Manufacturing for All

Plex Team May 26, 2021

The manufacturing conference of the year is off to a phenomenal start! Over 1,600 attendees from around the world enjoyed impactful sessions and were inspired by dynamic speakers during the first full day of PowerPlex. We miss seeing your faces in person, but it was incredible how engaging this year’s virtual setting turned out to be. There’s a lot of information to unpack, so let’s get right…

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Catch Plex Leaders and Special Guests During PowerPlex Main Stage Experiences

Plex Team May 20, 2021

Like headliners at a music festival, our Plex leaders are warmed up and ready to hit the main stage at PowerPlex 2021. They may not bring guitars or #1 songs, but Bill Berutti, Nathan Pieri, and Jerry Foster will bring the manufacturing insights you’ve been waiting for. They’ll each speak to what they’ve seen over the last year and invite other industry experts to the digital stage for…

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Get Inspired by Unstoppable Leaders at PowerPlex 2021

Plex Team May 17, 2021

What does the word unstoppable mean to you? For us at Plex, unstoppable is a way of life. It means breaking barriers. It means hearing the phrase “that’s impossible” and responding with “just watch us.” It means never backing down, no matter the odds....

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