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Walt Cholawsky

As a professional engineer, automation/information systems designer and consultant, my driving interest is to assist manufacturing companies to apply appropriate new technology toward business advantage. If you are responsible for production or operations, you know, it is a real software and solutions jungle out there. As an early adapter of manufacturing execution systems (MES), an extensive background in automation, and knowledge of what is available today, from bar code readers to production reports, I can share experience and perspective, providing options and alternatives based on several projects with some great companies. If you need help with your manufacturing technology strategy or implementation? Please reach out to me directly at 610 952-1576, or drop me a line at

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Sustainable MES and Master Data Flow

Over the past five years, many large manufacturing companies, at some level, have invested in a Digital Manufacturing initiative.  With typical budgets of $500K to $5M, these projects have ranged from a strategy for Smart Manufacturing in phase 4 of the Industrial Revolution to the Design/Build of a working Manufacturing Execution System (MES).  Successful MES projects have delivered significant value and ROI.  When considering a Smart Manufacturing project today, it is important to know what designs have worked and, just as important, to know what has not worked.  Another design criterion is knowledge of what future MES products and services are in the pipeline to assure your company’s business edge so that what you design now can be upgraded or modified efficiently and effectively for a sustainable MES.