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May 13, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
Fluke to Add Asset Management
The test and measurement company is bringing cloud-based asset monitoring software into its portfolio, signaling a new era in industrial equipment maintenance management.

Fluke Corp., is known for its industrial test and measurement products, from vibration and laser alignment tools to thermometers, infrared cameras, and more. No doubt, if you have a job with the words “maintenance” or “reliability” in the title, you know Fluke.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corp., Fluke is a multi-national company headquartered in Everett, Washington, which is where I was last week attending the company’s Measure of Innovation 2015 summit, and where the message—at least in my mind—was “maintenance reinvented.”

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April 25, 2015 | By Stephanie Neil
The Portable Plant
Pfizer, GEA Pharma Systems, and G-CON Manufacturing unveil a modular manufacturing prototype that runs continuously and can quickly deliver customized quantities of drugs.

State-of-the-art technology surrounds the manufacturing industry—from predictive analytics to the industrial Internet of Things and cloud computing. But manufacturers are not quick to jump on the bandwagon for buzzwords like Big Data. It’s not because they don’t understand the value of new technology, but because companies, especially in process industries, have built a solid, immovable infrastructure that has deep, rigid roots in control and quality procedures. No one wants to mess with an architecture that can withstand the test of time, but, more importantly, it’s just not economically feasible to constantly change capabilities.

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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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