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At the 2014 Siemens PLM and MOM analyst event, held the first week of September in Boston, Siemens updated the industry analyst community on progress on numerous fronts and provided insight into its strategy going forward. The biggest announcement was that the Siemens SIMATIC IT and WinCC HMI/SCADA product group would become part of a combined Siemens PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) and MOM (Manufacturing Operations Management) business unit.
Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) has emerged as a key growth application with both new vendors as well as established ones in the space, all vying to give manufacturing executives insight into their operations. Almost every one of these EMI tools provides capabilities to not only look at the key performance indicators (KPI) of the enterprise, but also the ability to drill down to the very data that was aggregated to produce the KPI in the first place.
You would be hard-pressed to find a manufacturing operations professional today that doesn’t have the impact of new technologies on their mind. And with good reason—Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software, particularly the newest-generation offerings are having a marked effect on production—through things like improved data and analytics, better visibility by role, increased automation and integration with other enterprise IT—and consequently, helping companies better visualize and achieve goals and respond to operational and business challenges.
Whether discussing manufacturing, engineering, service, or the supplier network, market leaders are often the ones able to execute in the present while keeping an eye on the future. This roundup discusses the importance of maintaining that mindset, covering topics such as sustainability performance, next-generation quality, the internet of things in manufacturing, and additive manufacturing.
The manufacturing industries are constantly looking for ways to cut costs, increase revenue, efficiency, speed, and so on, and advancements in technology are key to furthering this cause. Today, there are several emerging technologies that are having a significant impact on how companies operate. And one that is being embraced with increasingly open arms is cloud manufacturing software.
Whether it’s management systems, file systems for CDs, or even guidance on how to brew a cup of tea, there’s an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard for just about everything. Many of us are very familiar with two of the biggest ISO standards: ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental management.
The topic of “The Power of Connection” has been all over the news, dealing with social networking and our personal lives. Metcalfe’s Law was one of the first attempts to illustrate the value of connection and in manufacturing it is proving to be a powerful indicator of business success.
Exciting roundup this week as we explore a number of stories that appear to be mismatched concepts that may raise an eyebrow at first glance. On closer inspection, however, they all involve innovative strategies for deploying proven or evolving methods in new and interesting ways. For you football fans, even the NFL gets in on the action as Week 1 begins...
For more than a decade now, many leading global organizations have produced some form of sustainability report. Sometimes these documents manifest in reports sent directly to stakeholders, and in other cases they adhere to specific guidelines defined by external reporting or sometimes regulatory bodies.
When it comes to management systems and continuous improvement programs, Lean Manufacturing is one of the most widely used today. In fact, our 2013 Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) survey revealed that three in every ten senior leaders had a Lean program in place or planned to within a year. This was the most chosen response, in front of ISO 9001, Operational Excellence, Six Sigma, and more.
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