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MES is Ready for You, and it is Attainable

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been the secret advantage of large manufacturers since the early 90’s, and they have reaped the benefits of lower manufacturing costs and higher profits. The good news is that everything has changed in the last decade. Whether you call it a technological revolution, Industry 4.0 or some other buzz word, it can’t be denied that a change is occurring. Software and protocols have improved drastically, automated data is available from all areas of the facility, and the financial entry point for MES systems has become attainable. 

 

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Counting the Cost of Manufacturing in the Cloud

According to the IDC market research firm, public cloud services and infrastructure are forecasted to become a $277 billion worldwide market by 2021, with discrete and process manufacturing as two of the top five industry consumers. Cloud computing is not just a passing trend. It’s a foundational technology that has the power to improve product quality, accelerate decision making, and cut costs – all scalable to your business’s needs.

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Getting Started with Siemens MindSphere IIOT Platform

Siemens MindSphere is a cutting edge industrial Platform as a Service (PaaS) product that takes a lot of the work out of building and deploying IIOT applications. Siemens bills MindSphere as "the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens that connects your products, plants, systems, and machines, enabling you to harness the wealth of data generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) with advanced analytics." Vertech recently became a MindSphere Solution Partner, and here are a few beginners tips our developers learned as they got started using the platform.

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5 Steps to Getting Started with Manufacturing Intelligence

In the current age of information, organizations of all kinds are increasingly collecting and analyzing large amounts of data on everything from production information to client buying behavior and preferences. These data sets are big. Very, very big. And that’s the scientific reason we call them “big data.” More technically, big data is any high-volume, high-velocity, and high-variety informational asset.

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5 Design Considerations for Edge Computing

In the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) world, there’s been a lot of buzz around edge computing and its practical applications. Industrial automation systems are naturally edge computing solutions due to reliability and speed requirements. Automation systems can be viewed as "things" in the IIOT. For those architecting enterprise analytics or MES systems, however, the decision of where to locate data collection and analysis resources in a network architecture gets a little more gray.

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The Role of MES Software in the Digital Factory

As your organization prepares to morph its facilities into a digital factory, it is important to understand how tools, such as manufacturing execution system (MES) software, can help manage these changes. MES integrates all databases, machines, and people within your plant into one cohesive, interconnected system that eliminates islands of information, such as handwritten paperwork, whiteboards, Excel spreadsheets, and isolated software systems.

 

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Choosing the Right OEE Software Solution

If you’re a manufacturer, you likely know that tracking overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your existing equipment and improve your bottom line. However, the sheer act of getting started with OEE software in your facility may be preventing you from reaping these benefits. As experts in developing custom OEE software solutions, we are here to help simplify the daunting task of determining where to start when evaluating OEE software solutions.

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Transitioning to a Digital Factory One Step at a Time

Digitization is a hot topic on everyone’s minds, with its promises to make manufacturing companies competitively lean and mean. The tangible benefits of digitization include shorter innovation cycles, increased flexibility for rapid response to market changes, improved quality due to early detection and raw material traceability, and increased efficiency. But what does it really mean for you, living in the real world of budgets and red tape? And where do you start?

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Manufacturing Intelligence Strategies Eliminate Islands of Information

During the close of the third industrial revolution, manufacturing organizations squeezed the last few drops of efficiency from machine automation by linking automated machines together and eliminating islands of automation. SCADA and data historian software solutions enabled operations staff to monitor and control an entire plant from one location reducing labor costs and providing a big picture perspective to plant operations. Today the manufacturing sector is on the doorstep of an even bigger opportunity as we begin to eliminate Islands of Information.

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The Survival Guide for ICS Cyber Security

In 2015, the BlackEnergy trojan was used to attack the Ivano­Frankivsk power station in West Ukraine and knocked out electricity in 80,000 homes. The bug was delivered via spear phishing emails, disguised as a Microsoft Office attachment from the Ukrainian parliament, and had the ability to delete critical system files and specifically sabotage industrial systems.

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