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How Smart Manufacturing Platforms Empower Sustainability

Plex Team August 2, 2022

There’s no denying that more and more manufacturers are embracing Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives with aims to improve both performance and accountability. Naturally, these efforts often center around sustainability. While we’re a long way from closed-loop manufacturing, sustainability efforts gain return value to companies in areas like waste, material usage, supply…

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Using a Smart Manufacturing Platform for System Consolidation

Plex Team July 6, 2022

Manufacturers have a lot of pressure on their shoulders. Traditional software solutions sought to relieve that pressure by automating processes, reducing labor-intensive tasks, and optimizing performance efficiency for specific disciplines. That system of disparate software worked to improve efficiency - until one day it didn't. So, what changed? The most significant change was the technological…

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Why Cybersecurity Is Critical in Manufacturing

Plex Team June 9, 2022

As more and more manufacturing companies adopt Industry 4.0 technology, cybersecurity is always at the top of the list of concerns. After all, data shows that IoT devices can be subject to attack within five minutes of being connected....

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9 Reasons for More Visibility in Your Manufacturing Plant

Bernard Cohen March 21, 2022

Imagine putting on a pair of glasses that lets you see transparent, operational measurements in real time floating across your production line. With more and more companies embracing Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing methods, that level of visibility inside an industrial environment is now a major key to a successful operation....

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Understanding the Impact of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Calculation

Plex Team March 1, 2022

So, you’ve decided to embark on an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) project to increase equipment effectiveness and develop process improvements that maximize efficiencies. You’ve got your spreadsheets and clipboards ready (you don’t really need those, but more on that later). You’re ready to go. Now what?...

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Electricity, Sustainability, and Robots: Lessons from CES 2022

Jerry Foster January 25, 2022

Last week I attended the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Vegas, marking the fourth time in six years that a member of R&D has attended the high-tech event. While CES is primarily a consumer-oriented show, the technologies cutting their teeth in the consumer market often end up in the enterprise, or on the shop floor, so CES is critical to our forward-thinking plans and initiatives at Plex…

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IoT Traceability Software Eliminates Surprises in Manufacturing

Plex Team January 18, 2022

Many people love surprises. On birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays, they can be fun. But in manufacturing environments, not so much. Surprises here can mean missed deliveries, damaged or spoiled materials, compromised brand reputation, and even dangerous recalls. For many years, traceability within manufacturing was plagued by the same problems encountered by any analysis. Siloed data,…

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Production Monitoring Software: Turning Insight into Action

Plex Team September 29, 2021

You can't fix what you can't see. Without access to and analysis of the data resulting from production, manufacturers risk higher costs, poor quality, and mysteriously low equipment utilization. And with global manufacturing competition at an all-time high due to disruption, trade wars, COVID-19, and other issues, companies just can't afford to be in the dark about what's going on in their…

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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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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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