Today, everyone is talking about technology advancements. References to the Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT)—whether central talking points or tangential nuggets that bounce in and out of conversation—have become near ubiquitous across manufacturing industries. It seems clear—most professionals seem to understand at least on some level where the future trends lie in technology for operations.
LNS Research was pleased to be in attendance at the 2014 Automation Fair, hosted by Rockwell Automation, in Anaheim, CA on November 17-20. With over 10,000 attendees, nine Industry Forums, 168 Exhibitors, and 152 partners, Automation Fair continues its North American prominence as one of the leading events for industrial automation and information professionals.
Manufacturing industries across the board are experiencing increasing pressures around quality, compliance, customer demands, and other factors that are forcing operations to adapt for success. Aerospace & Defense, however, is on another level entirely.
It’s become a common—somewhat ironic—argument that mobility has only made us more disconnected (see: passengers staring at their phones on any subway car). Sociological implications aside, there’s no denying that mobile connectivity has forever transformed the way we interact with each other as well as the way businesses interact with and collect information from their people and processes.
On November 13, LNS Research and FDA News hosted a webcast entitled, "A Roadmap for Addressing Quality and Manufacturing Challenges in Life Sciences: Moving Beyond Regulatory Burdens to Enable New Collaborative Models for Growth." As usual, we received more questions during the course of the event than we had time to answer live. In this post, I'll answer some of the top questions that went unaddressed due to time constraints.
Life Sciences is an industry driven by innovation and growth. What lies beneath those two drivers is a world of complexity across the drug or device lifecycle. It’s clear that those companies that can continuously and collaboratively ensure quality, meet regulatory compliance, and mitigate risks in each stage of the lifecycle have a competitive advantage, but what’s needed to do so?
If you’re in the life sciences industry, there’s a good chance you're in a tight operational spot. In life sciences, there are some notable trends—some immediate, some distant and slow moving, but very real and inevitable—that are coming together to place new and unheard-of strains on both quality and manufacturing operations.
A couple of weeks back, we attended a special analyst webcast announcing the intent of Siemens to acquire Camstar, a long-time Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) player, as part of the Siemens PLM software group. This transaction is on a fast track to culminate in November, 2014 with terms undisclosed, as Camstar is a privately held company.
On October 28, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled “The Global State of Manufacturing Operations Management: Weaving the Digital Thread.” At the event’s conclusion, we had insufficient time to cover all of the many questions that were asked over the course of the hour. So, in this post, we’ll provide some insight into the top questions asked by attendees.