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Welcome to the official Smart Manufacturing Blog. Gain access to the experiences of smart manufacturers that make the world's most awesome products, and insights into cloud-based MES, ERP, Supply Chain Management, Industrial IoT (IIoT), and Analytics solutions.

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Forrester Wave Rankings

Plex Named Strong Performer

in The Forrester Wave™: Digital Operations Platforms For Manufacturing Businesses, Q3 2020.

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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.

How to Speed Up Your Recall Response—and Transform Your Entire Business

Plex Team December 16, 2020

Can your food and beverage manufacturing company run a mock recall in 20 minutes or less? If you said no, you’re far from alone. In a recent online poll conducted by Plex during a webinar, 38 percent of respondents said “no” to this question. All other respondents said “not sure.” Not one webinar participant said “yes.”...

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A Season of Gratitude: Recognizing Manufacturers that Keep the World Running

Plex Team November 24, 2020

This year has not been without its challenges. But as we take time this Thanksgiving to reflect on 2020, we have so many things for which to be thankful. More than ever, and for more reasons than we can count, we are especially thankful for manufacturers. Heroes in a crisis...

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Food and Beverage Manufacturer Shows Off Benefit of an Agile Manufacturing Process

Plex Team November 3, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit manufacturing, it quickly became clear the companies that would succeed would be companies that could pivot on a dime. One of those companies is Plex customer Olde Thompson. Headquartered in Oxnard, California, the company is the world’s largest manufacturer of salt and pepper mills and a leading manufacturer of private label and branded dry spices and seasonings.…

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Want to Frighten a Manufacturer this Halloween? Start Here.

Plex Team October 27, 2020

For manufacturers, scary things lurking around the corner aren’t limited to Halloween. Here are a few things fueling manufacturers’ nightmares all year long....

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3 Reasons Why Traceability is Key to Reducing Errors on Your Plant Floor

Plex Team September 15, 2020

High profile recalls have increased in recent years and manufacturers have paid steeply not just in money but also the impact on their reputation. Paper based records are prone to errors, difficult to manage, and may be impossible to find which means days of delays in responding to a recall. A clear way to reduce errors on your plant floor and to avoid a recall, is implementing a system that…

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How to Error-Proof Your Plant Floor

Plex Team August 28, 2020

There’s a better way to protect your company from costly errors that take place on the plant floor. COVID-19 has raised the stakes higher than ever – making visibility and control a must-have, not a nice-to-have. In our Ebook, “6 Ways Error-Proofing Protects Your Manufacturing Business,” we outline the leading ways smart manufacturers can leverage technology to drive the following outcomes....

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The Hatch Stamping Transformation Story: From Humble Beginnings to Global Leadership

Plex Team June 16, 2020

In 1952, brothers Raymond, Walter and Joseph Hatch launched a small family business. Their first job: stamping parts for model trains. Little did they know, this basement-based operation would become a global, leading manufacturer of highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies for the automotive industry. Talk about transformation....

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Business Transformation Leaders: Plex Partner Control+M Helps Manufacturers Face Disruption Head-On

Plex Team June 2, 2020

According to Patti Nowak of Plex partner Control+M Solutions, “If the Plex community is strong, we’ll be strong.” Nowak is the founder and owner of Control+M, which is dedicated to helping clients implement their Plex projects from the ground up, whether it is optimization, retraining employees, or assisting on continued module implementation....

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PowerPlex 2020: Learnings and Insights

Plex Team May 29, 2020

In these trying times, please know that we are…you know what? Is anyone else sick of hearing companies talk about “these trying times”? Every commercial and every social post, it seems, while meant to convey a sense of comfort, is constantly reminding you that we are battling an invisible enemy and is starting to do the opposite. Let’s stop that. We’re not here to talk down to you. In fact, let…

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Key Takeaways from PowerPlex: Day 3

Plex Team May 14, 2020

Once again, PowerPlex 2020 came to you live (virtually!). More than 2,000 attendees logged in from couches, garages, and bedrooms (and anywhere else they could find some peace and quiet) to learn about and stay up-to-speed on the manufacturing industry, the latest technology innovations, and Plex’s Smart Manufacturing Platform. Here are some of the standout messages and takeaways from today’s…

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