EQMS Destroys the Silos of Traditional Quality Management

By Al Bredenberg

Enterprise quality management systems connect the usually isolated four major functional areas of an organization -- R&D, manufacturing, suppliers, and service -- to provide visibility for managing complex value chains. [Read More...]

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...]

Strategic Meter Deployment Powers Shop-Floor Energy Management

By Al Bredenberg

The push in data-driven manufacturing can extend to energy metering. Electricity meters positioned on the shop floor are realizing cost benefits. [Read More...]

Industrial Energy Management Drills Down to the Core

By Al Bredenberg

Core capital equipment, that is. Industry experts say smart meters and dedicated software provide the fine-grained resolution needed to correlate energy use with particular machinery and product manufacturing and make "direct-cost" adjustments. [Read More...]

Going the Distance: Solving 'Last-Meter' Connectivity on the Shop Floor

By Al Bredenberg

Getting data from manufacturing machinery and tying it to enterprise systems allows organizations to get production insights. Doing this for disparate, legacy machines has been a conundrum, but the MTConnect protocol is a promising answer. [Read More...]

Analytics Technologies Drive Transformation in Workforce Management

By Al Bredenberg

Experts are saying Big Data and predictive analytics will be game-changing for human resources professionals looking to become more strategic for their organizations. [Read More...]

Manufacturing Innovation Institute Will Build "Digital Commons"

By Al Bredenberg

The first project of the recently unveiled Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute is the creation of the Digital Manufacturing Commons. It is an open-source collaboration tool that will bring design and manufacturing partners together more easily. [Read More...]

Technology Is Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

By Al Bredenberg

Businesses are starting to take advantage of real-time logistics visibility, such as traffic avoidance and delivery resequencing. But that's the tip of the iceberg of possibilities being dreamed by the convergence of Big Data, predictive analytics, wearable computing, and the Internet of Things. [Read More...]

Model-Based Systems Engineering: Beyond Spreadsheets

By Shawn Wasserman

The growing complexity of subsystems within products will spur evolution from document-based systems engineering to the model-based approach. MBSE software will ease integrated, concurrent development of mechanical function, embedded electronics, etc, in the product design cycle. [Read More...]

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