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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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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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5 Common Myths About Implementing IIoT

Anurag Garg September 15, 2020

By now you’ve likely heard about the benefits of Industrial IoT (IIoT), and you’re probably developing your own IIoT strategy or maybe even looking for ways to deploy this technology within your organization. If my experience helping manufacturers digitize their operations with IIoT is any indication, it is likely you are starting out your journey by trying to answer the wrong question....

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Hype vs. Reality: What’s Happening with IIoT In Manufacturing?

Anurag Garg September 8, 2020

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a technology trend that manages to be overhyped and underrated at the same time. On one hand, IIoT is overhyped because for every optimistic projection about how much of the typical production line will be automated and robotized 10 years from now, according to some experts there’s the reality that fewer than 14 percent of the machines on shop floors…

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What You Should Know about the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP): Up to $100k in Tech and Training Grants

Alena Barreca September 3, 2020

Automotive manufacturers in Ontario, Canada can now receive funding support when they introduce new lean manufacturing or technology to their businesses through the recently opened Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP). Funding via the program is to help modernize Ontario’s automotive supply chain and make it more competitive against national and international markets....

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Why IIoT Serves a Critical Role During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lokesh A. Gupta, Ph.D. July 23, 2020

The beginning of the year 2020 marks a once-in-a-lifetime health and economic event. The World Economic Forum says the economic fallout has the capacity to be on par with the Great Depression. Most experts agree that we have a long road ahead of us to ensure that future interactions will not compromise our health and safety. The likelihood of organizations being forced to operate with…

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5 Key Takeaways from the 5th Annual State of Manufacturing Technology Report

Jerry Foster May 7, 2020

The state of manufacturing technology is one that is constantly evolving. What is true one month might not be true the next, and we have seen that volatility with the impact of COVID-19. So how do manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve to drive growth and stay ahead of competition?...

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