From Farm to Fork – Moving Beyond Single Steps with the Cloud

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

One of the key rules for manufacturers has always been the one step back, one step forward principle: you must be able to identify the supplier and the recipient of every ingredient and product. With today’s technology, however, this seems like a weak requirement.

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World Class Quality Demands the Best-Fit Quality Management Org Structure

Posted by Rob Harrison on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

Quality management is a pervasive set of business processes that can be difficult for the most progressive, mature, and even market-leading organizations to manage effectively.

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Your Manufacturing EA Initiative Efforts: How to Get from 'As-Is' to 'Could-Be'

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

As the third post related to extending enterprise architecture (EA) initiatives into your manufacturing environment, I will cover some tools and activities that are extremely useful in identifying what the gaps are between your as-is state and desired to-be state.

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Tags: Operational Excellence, Asset Performance Management, Architecture, Enterprise Architecture

Target's IoT Vision & $14 Million Allcast Plant Expansion in WI [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Target Visualizes the IoT in Open House Format

Big-box retailer Target has created a display center in San Francisco to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to life.

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Tags: Manufacturing, Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, Smart Connected Assets

The Importance of the 80/20 Principle in Quality in an Era of Big Data

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

One of the business rules people often espouse, particularly when discussing quality related issues is Pareto’s Principle. It is also known as the 80/20 rule and simply reflects that in many cases 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

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Tags: EQMS, Quality Management, Big Data, Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things, EHS

Tianjin Explosion Suspends Operations, Highlights EHS Concerns [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Intelex Receives $CAD 160 Million Investment Led by JMI Equity

Intelex, a provider in Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS) and quality management software, secured $CAD 160 million in investments earlier this week, led by JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on software and services investment.

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Tags: Manufacturing, Cloud-Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, Quality Risk Management, EHS

Enterprise Architecture: How to Better Manage End-to-End Quality

Posted by Matthew Littlefield on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

Quality has many different definitions depending on who you ask. Executives often refer to quality as a core value. Customers experience quality in reference to the utility derived from the product or service purchased. Quality leaders believe in a framework for quality that ties together people, processes, and technologies that spans the value chain, while value chain leaders think about quality in how it relates to the specific functional goals they may have.

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IIoT, Smart Connected Assets, and the Pulp & Paper Industry

Posted by Dan Miklovic on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

energy-management-manufacturing-2.jpgCan you imagine the potential cost savings and operational efficiency to be gained by having a "smart" reel in a 7x24 operation like pulp & paper? In this post, I'll discuss how the the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Connected Assets are poised to make this a reality.

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Tags: Asset Performance Management, Internet of Things, Smart Connected Assets

Why You Should Find a Potential Example of the IoT in Your Enterprise Now

Posted by Andrew Hughes on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

What Is the Internet of Things?

There are innumerable definitions of the Internet of Things (IoT). The purist view sees the IoT as networks of intelligent devices that have information they share without human interaction.

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Tags: Internet of Things

Hacking Over a Million Vehicles Through the IoT [Roundup]

Posted by Justine Holt on Sun, Aug 09, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

IoT Drives Strong Capabilities

As many manufacturing professionals know, and more recently everyone else, the internet of things (IoT) is capable of incredible things.

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Tags: Manufacturing, ERP, Big Data, MES, Mobility