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April 21, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
Kellogg’s Quest for Manufacturing Innovation
The company’s Integrated Project Delivery system is a methodology for achieving continuous process improvement in developed and emerging markets.

Implementing a steady stream of manufacturing innovation can feel like an impossible task, especially when you’re a company like Kellogg, the maker of such iconic brands as Special K, Rice Krispies, Pop Tarts and Pringles, which has 33,000 employees in over 60 plants across 20 countries.

Each of the company’s brands has its own operating model using different technology and go-to-market strategies, says Bob Reed, Kellogg’s vice president of global engineering. And, that, he says translates into a complex supply chain that requires high performance and efficiency to deliver on Kellogg’s vision to “enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter.”

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April 05, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
Operational Intelligence for the Internet of Things
Tibco Software’s new version of Live Datamart analyzes input from multiple streams of data, delivering event-driven alerts to the operator in real-time.

The proliferation of the Internet of Things will require that manufacturers conduct business differently, specifically as it relates to collecting and acting upon data. With that in mind, Tibco Software Inc., recently released the second generation of its Live Datamart, push-based operational intelligence technology that analyzes key events as they occur.

Live Datamart 2.0 includes a new implementation of the company’s Continuous Query Processor for streaming data, new Javascript APIs, native support for in-memory data grid technology, and support for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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March 30, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
A Move to X-ray Inspection in the Plant
The recent Kraft recall shines a spotlight on the need for better quality control systems in food processing. Is X-ray the answer?

No person wants to find metal in their macaroni and cheese. And no manufacturer wants to experience that quality control failure. But earlier this month, Kraft Foods Group had to deal with just this scenario as a result of multiple customer complaints. What followed was a swift recall of about 242,000 cases of the 7.25 oz. boxes of Kraft’s original flavor mac and cheese boxed dinner.

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March 24, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
A United Industrial Network
The availability of the Field Device Integration developer tools signals a new era of device interoperability in process automation.

The bitter fieldbus wars of years past are but a faint memory in this decade as the providers of communication protocols and device integration tools have come to a truce in the name of network compatibility.

Still, there have been different camps—from Fieldbus Foundation to Hart Communication Foundation to Profibus & Profinet International—and the turf wars of device intelligence technologies Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and the Field Device Tool (FDT). While there is compatibility, it comes with extra work for the suppliers and end users who must maintain control systems and devices that may adhere to similar standards, but don’t always speak the same language.

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March 05, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
Visibility Beyond the Plant Floor Walls
Dassault Systèmes adds maintenance, logistics, and warehouse capabilities to its manufacturing intelligence application suite.

Recognizing the need to collect operational insight beyond the factory floor, Dassault Systèmes this week introduced a new version of its Delmia Apriso Manufacturing Process Intelligence (MPI) application suite that extends visibility to over 200 new key performance indicators (KPIs).

MPI 4.0 adds metrics for maintenance, logistics, and the warehouse, in addition to the existing production, machine, time and labor, and quality analytics and reports. The software comes in the form of pre-configured intelligence packs that provide built-in metrics to measure nearly any type of operational KPI. With all seven intelligence packs, MPI 4.0 now delivers over 700 pre-configured measurements.

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