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Combining OEE and Automation for Improved Performance

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is a metric designed to evaluate how efficient a production operation truly is based on the real-world availability of the equipment used.
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The Power Law: Where Quality and Probability Meet
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The Power Law: Where Quality and Probability Meet

As disconnected as quality and terrorist acts may seem, some interesting evidence exists connecting the magnitude and probability of an event in a way that can be used to help manufacturers improve quality.
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Production Insights, Part 2:  Continuous Improvement
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Production Insights, Part 2: Continuous Improvement

A former production manager at Pepsi Bottling Ventures shares his experience in turning production trending, OEE and visualization data into a continuous improvement cycle.
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Combining Vision & Visibility
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Production Insights, Part 1: Combining Vision & Visibility

A former production manager at Pepsi Bottling Ventures shares his experience in aligning business vision and technology-driven visibility to drive organizational growth and reduce operating costs.
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High Speed Cable Braider at Belden Plant in Richmond.
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Belden Goes Lean

I don't get many opportunities to visit plants or factories anymore, so when Mike Miclot invited me to drive over to Richmond, Ind. to get an in-depth tour, I jumped at the chance.
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Chrysler Goes 3D
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Chrysler Goes 3D

3D technology is being used by Chrysler to change the way it plans for future products and implements world-class manufacturing.
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Case Application
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Creating Value in Manufacturing

“Lean,” properly speaking, is not a program, a platform, a methodology or a one-time event. Lean is a way of life that seeks to add value and eliminate waste whether, in manufacturing or the office.
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Product
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Banner Engineering: Lighted Touch Indicator

The EZ-LIGHT K50 Touch is designed for easy and efficient pick-to-light and lean manufacturing processes.
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Creating Value for the Customer

You can’t cut your way to prosperity. We’ve heard that phrase often.
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It's Time for New Organizational Structures

I’ve lived the engineering/operations divide, and we at Automation World often write about the information technology (IT)/control engineering divide. All of these silos are still alive.
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