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Essential MES Tool #3: Data Entry Automation

In the previous two blogs in this nine-part series, we’ve discussed some of the high-level manufacturing execution system (MES) tools for better understanding productivity problems – overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and downtime tracking. Both of these MES tools generate a lot of data, which brings up the next important question when it comes to implementing MES solutions in your organization – how do you handle this excess of information?

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Seeq Predictive Analytics Demo for RO Membranes

Check out Roger’s latest Seeq video demonstrating predictive maintenance for a reverse osmosis train. Roger uses linear regression on real (not simulated) RO normalized flow data to predict a timeframe for the next membrane cleaning. This same solution can be used to adjust pre-treatment chemical feeds by monitoring the rate at which the membranes are fowling.  Enjoy.

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Essential MES Tool #2: Downtime Tracking

As discussed in the first post in our nine-part series on manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, manufacturers can use MES tools to better understand where their optimization efforts will be best spent. This post focuses on downtime tracking, which can help you see not only when a machine is unavailable, but why it is not running.

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Essential MES Tool #1: Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Until you achieve maximum production efficiency, continuous improvement should be an integral part of your business. With manufacturing execution system (MES) tools, you can bring efficiency to your organization through streamlined data flow, which will increase your production capacity without the capital expense. And, rather than embarking on continuous improvement initiatives that may or may not benefit your organization, you can use MES tools to show where your efforts will be best spent. This is the first post in a nine-part series that examines what we believe are the most essential MES tools to improve business performance.

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Seeq Data Analytics: Compressor Efficiency Example

We talk a lot about data and analytics in our industry today with the goal of finding and rooting out waste and inefficiency in our plants. Until recently, however, the benefits of big data have been limited to very large enterprises that can afford custom solutions. Seeq's data analytics package is changing all that with their reasonably priced, but very powerful data analytics tool. In this post, I walk you through the process of analyzing cooling system compressor efficiency using Seeq.

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6 Tips to Delivering a Successful MES Project

A successful MES project has the potential to deliver huge efficiency improvements that can boost production and save money. Critical steps along the way such as how you plan your project, map your process, leverage actionable information, and design your user experience can make or break the success of your project. Here are six strategies you can put into action right now to improve your MES implementation.

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Choosing the Right Industrial Data Analytics Tool

Most manufacturing organizations have data in process historians or more traditional databases that can provide significant insights if analyzed with the right tools. Software tools that specialize in reporting, dashboarding, analytics, and/or visualization can provide valuable information to improve operational efficiency in manufacturing and processing environments.

There are a myriad of tools available today for industrial analytics. Some of these tools come from traditional automation software providers, but many come from companies that we are more used to seeing in the office. Here are a few products we have run across that provide an idea of what is out there, and hopefully will provide a starting point for further exploration.

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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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