Closed-Loop Quality: Not Your Father's Quality Control

By Al Bredenberg

Enterprise-wide quality software, handling centralized data collection, document management, and customer issues, among other functions, is redefining manufacturing quality. [Read More...]

Next-Gen Financial Analytics Drive Manufacturing Into Profitability

By Al Bredenberg

Data-driven manufacturing is generally being linked with equipment effectiveness, but it can also show a company whether what it is making is making money. It comes down to profit per hour. [Read More...]

M2M Communication Is Prelude to "Smart" Manufacturing Systems

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers are already starting to take advantage of machine-to-machine communications, using gathered data analytics for predictive machine maintenance. The eventual pinnacle is completely automated plant floors that self-adjust to conditions, customize products, and optimize energy usage. [Read More...]

Breaking Bad (Big Data)

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers are diving into Big Data to sharpen their decision-making. However, they are getting subpar results from being unable to break down the organizational silos that undermine their efforts to extract the most value out of their data. [Read More...]

Machine-to-Machine Networking, Predictive Analytics Offer Preventive Maintenance Capabilities

By Tracey Schelmetic

Today’s businesses collect enormous amounts of data, whether they want to or not. Information about customers, suppliers, manufacturing processes, transportation and shipping, and computer and telecom networks builds up in the databases of nearly all businesses. Most companies don’t use much of it; they believe they have neither the time nor the expertise to extract meaningful intelligence from it. [Read More...]

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