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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.

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7 Steps to build your ERP strategy

Implementing ERP and other large enterprise applications can be a daunting exercise.

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Exploring Catalyst to Reduce MES Risk

Take any hundred companies who are exploring the deployment of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), follow them through 5 years, and here's what you'll find:

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IIoT and OEE

When we have conversations with manufacturing leaders around the country there are two topics that are brought up more than any others. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

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6 Reasons to Virtualize Shop Floor Systems

Has your organization taken advantage of virtualization technology for your shop floor systems? There are six compelling reasons to do so:

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How to select the right OEE software

You want to select OEE software that matches your manufacturing process, integrates with your existing manufacturing technology, and will be accepted by your people.  

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Goals of Overall Equipment Effectiveness

Goals of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) OEE is a proven metric used in manufacturing to achieve three goals:
1.  Benchmark
2.  Improve
3.  Maintain improvementsSince OEE is used in very different and unique manufacturing processes, understanding how OEE is used in each process is critical to achieving these goals.
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Toward Zero IIoT leadership recognized by Kepware

Toward Zero has been recognized for it's Internet of Things (IoT) leadership by being named a Kepware Silver System Integrator.