This week's industrial round up includes articles focusing on various aspects of manufacturing software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing operations management (MOM), and improving product traceability with certain IT enablers.
This week, we are sharing recent industrial articles that include discussion of implementing manufacturing execution systems (MES), food traceability, and energy management.
After stumbling upon many interesting and noteworthy articles published this past week, the below compilation will prove to be a strong set of industrial news. The connection among each thought leadership piece is investment: committing to an idea, a purchase, or an act with the hope of gaining wealth in return. That wealth can be in the form of monetary gains or, better yet, the nature of knowledge. This round up is evidence that the societal plans to invest in technological advancements and global traceability can just as easily be found on the manufacturing plant floor.
A few weeks back the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) updated its Food Fraud database, including a concerning number of new cases on the list. 800 instances of fraud were added, which was up significantly from the 1,300 recorded between 1980 and 2010. The nearly 60% increase put some of the staples we regularly consume into focus: milk, vegetable oils, spices, fish, wine, and more.
This week’s round up includes articles that ignite interest from many trending topics within the industrial space. A couple of these insertions provide an alternate perspective on subject matter that I discussed last Sunday. While robots and 3D printing make a comeback this week, the newest additions include food fraud, SAP HANA, and a Made-In-America mindset.
One of the blogs I frequently read and occasionally guest post on is Apriso's Manufacturing Transformation Blog. Chris Will, Chief Technology Officer at Apriso, recently posted an article on the ownership of product traceability in the supply chain. I've known Chris for many years and, over much of that time, I have been working closely with him on technology strategies for product traceability.