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Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.

Add These ROKLive Sessions to Your Agenda

Plex Team May 18, 2022

Have you booked your flight to Orlando for ROKLive 2022? Or are you learning more about the smart manufacturing event of the year before you decide to register? Either way, this blog is for you....

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Charging Ahead: Enabling Electric Vehicle Manufacturing with Smart Technology

Plex Team May 10, 2022

Many advances in technology and changing consumer tastes have disrupted the automobile industry. From innovations like front-wheel drive and the SUV to the beginning of smart technology for navigation, diagnostics, and entertainment, production lines were forced to adjust many times in history....

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7 Reasons to Attend ROKLive 2022

Plex Team May 5, 2022

Maybe you’ve heard of ROKLive. Maybe you already know it’s the best manufacturing technology conference that you can find, held by industry leaders Plex Systems and Rockwell Automation. But is that enough to justify booking your ticket to Orlando for this June? Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s make this the easiest decision of your week by laying out the reasons why manufacturing professionals just like…

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The People Behind the Platform: Megan Fisher, Sales Development Team Lead

Plex Team May 2, 2022

You might love the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform, but do you know the people who make it possible? Talented Plexians have been working hard behind the scenes for decades. They’re what make this company great, but few get the chance to step into the spotlight they deserve – until now. This month, say hello to Sales Development Team Lead Megan Fisher. Tell us about your role at Plex....

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Mobile Smart Manufacturing Platforms: The Parkour of the Plant Floor

Plex Team April 26, 2022

There was a time when making changes in manufacturing was like trying to move a sleeping elephant using only a skateboard. Lack of communication, time-lagged and siloed data, and manual record-keeping made the task slow and lumbering....

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Why Manufacturers Should Consider Cloud-Based MES Solutions

Plex Team April 20, 2022

Everything you do is focused on the shop floor. A manufacturing execution system (MES) provides the foundation for operations to schedule, manage, and track each step during production....

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What Plex’s ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Security Certification Means for Manufacturers

Plex Team April 13, 2022

A lot of organizations talk about Information security, but what are they doing about it? And where’s the proof that they employ best practices and safeguards? As manufacturers adopt technologies to get ahead, they’re increasingly targeted by cyberattacks. However, fear of an attack shouldn’t hold back an organization. Plex customers trust us and our platform to keep them safe because we don’t…

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Solving the Downtime Riddle

Plex Team April 12, 2022

Riddles. They’re mysterious, mind-bending puzzles that throw in an element of misdirection to throw you off course. They can be fun and even educational in your personal life, but riddles are not a puzzle piece you want to see in your manufacturing environment....

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Seeing Through the Sales Pitch: 10 Questions to Ask ERP Vendors

Plex Team April 6, 2022

Shopping for any big-ticket item is never easy, whether in your personal or professional life. But there’s a big difference between buying the wrong oven for your house vs. buying the wrong ERP for your company. One will burn your dinner, while the other will burn quality, customer relationships, and the bottom line....

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The People Behind the Platform: Diana Robbins, Customer Communications and Programs Manager

Plex Team April 4, 2022

You might love the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform, but do you know the people who make it possible? Talented Plexians have been working hard behind the scenes for decades. They’re what make this company great, but few get the chance to step into the spotlight they deserve – until now. This month, say hello to Customer Communications & Programs Manager Diana Robbins. Tell us about your…

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