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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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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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The 3 PowerPlex Sessions You Just Can’t Miss

Plex Team May 10, 2021

It’s spring. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the premier event for unstoppable manufacturers is about to hit a screen in your home office. PowerPlex is back, which means it’s the time to dive into the latest industry insights, peek into the minds of experts, and uncover the future of manufacturing. But with over 90 sessions, how will you choose which to attend?...

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Despite Spike in COVID-19 Cases, Global Manufacturing Production Reaches New High

Jerry Foster December 8, 2020

Although COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the world, the global manufacturing community experienced its highest jump in production levels (5% over the previous two weeks) and is now producing at a record high of 108% of pre-pandemic activity. Global manufacturing data set Global production gap...

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Global Manufacturers Close the Pandemic-Produced Production Gap

Jerry Foster November 19, 2020

Global manufacturers are now operating at 103% of pre-COVID rates of activity. This effort is steadily closing the production gap caused by the pandemic earlier this year (with this gap defined as the difference between the anticipated 2020 production volume based on historical data compared to real-time activity). As of mid-November, manufacturers are seeing a 31% cumulative production loss to…

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ERP Inventory Management Must-Haves: Attribute- and Date-Code System

Joseph Puglia November 13, 2020

Country-of-origin. GMO. Non-GMO. Organic, transitional, non-organic. Heavy metals. Allergens. Inventory management of customer-specific quality parameters is growing more complex by the day. Having the capability through a single digital system to easily manage these attributes alongside expiration date is a must for food and beverage plants. We do mean “a must.” Whether you use FIFO (first in,…

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Manufacturers Maintain Momentum, Make Progress on Production Losses

Jerry Foster October 29, 2020

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Global Manufacturing Continues to Expand; Reaches 104% Pre-Pandemic Rates of Activity

Jerry Foster October 15, 2020

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