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The supply chain organizations of today’s manufacturers are under constant pressure to find opportunities to drive efficiency, productivity and speed to market. At the same time, they are struggling with the proliferation of products driven by competition, consumer preference, regulatory requirements, specific production facility capabilities, quality and...
ODVA Explores the DeviceNet of Things
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ODVA Explores the DeviceNet of Things

Industrial network protocol organization forms group to assess DeviceNet enhancements that can enable hardwired devices to join the DeviceNet network.
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AmeriPak Upgrades Software to Sync with CPG Brands

AmeriPak has adopted production management software from Toronto-based Nulogy.
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Transforming NPDI with Enterprise Recipe Management

ERM can reduce the time needed to look for data, create master recipes, and make planning and sourcing decisions.
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Why Agile Operations Are Key

See how increased operational agility is helping manufacturers achieve operational excellence.
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It’s Not a Skills Gap
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It’s Not a Skills Gap

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Honeywell Software Helps China Meet Increased Oil Demands

Expanding to 30 facilities in all, PetroChina will use the information management and process modeling software to improve plant efficiency and profitability.
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6 Reasons to Prepare for Industrial Mobility
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6 Reasons to Prepare for Industrial Mobility

Though many in industry remain uncertain about the use of mobile, Internet-connected devices in industry, the trend toward their greater use appears inevitable.
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IBM Cloud Network Connects Indian Automotive Industry
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IBM Cloud Network Connects India's Automotive Industry

The AutoDX cloud-based exchange is designed to standardize and automate transactions throughout India’s automotive supply chain.
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Glide-Line’s New Approach to Conveyor Design
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Glide-Line’s New Approach to Conveyor Design

Unable to get the conveyors it needed to address customer demands, a system integrator sets out to address the problem on its own and ends up creating not only a new conveyor product, but a different
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Thomas & Betts: Mobile iPad Application

T&B Mobile 2.0 features a new tools button to retrieve literature, view videos and even barcodes on product packaging.
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Sealevel Systems: Eight-Port RS-422/485 Serial Interface for PCI Express

The 7802e provides eight serial ports individually configurable for RS-422 or RS-485 communications.
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Factivity: MES Software

Gantt chart viewing is now included in the company's Shop Floor Module.
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MTConnect Formalizes Work With Defense Manufacturing

The MTConnect Institute and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to continue their collaboration on the MTConnect open standard
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Nine Strategic Considerations for Using Wireless Technology

Companies are turning to wireless communications to minimize man hours spent walking plants or pipelines, particularly in hazardous or remote areas.
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MES vs. MOM: What’s in a Name?

MESA recently organized an online panel debating the topic, working to come to a unified voice for industry.
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Top MOM Software Trends for 2014

With new signs of activity in manufacturing operations management software solutions, here are some key technology predictions for the coming year.
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Ford’s Focus on Control
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Ford’s Focus on Control

Using Profinet and various automation systems to tie its plant floor systems together and connect to IT, Ford lays the groundwork for continuous automation and production advancement.
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Leveraging Analytics and Community for a Mobile Workforce

Most businesses in the processing industries have spent the past several years establishing solid technology platforms and infrastructures to gather production data to improve operations.
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Four IT Standards You Should Understand

Imagine a world without electrical standards, such as 110 V at 60 Hz, or 220 V at 50 Hz, or a world where every phone had a different type of connection and required a different type of switchboard.
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How to Avoid Mistakes with Control System Remote Access

As more operations aspects are tied to Ethernet networks and, therefore, are open to Internetbased access, the potential for greater collaborative operation and a freer work environment increases.
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