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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting
In an effort to improve its production operations, Bush Brothers (most famous for its baked beans) needed a better way to track downtime in its plants. Tony Peterson, an operations area manager from the company’s Augusta, Wisconsin plant, describes how Bush Brothers eliminated its paper-based systems, manual entry spread sheets, and slow and tedious data...
Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting
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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting

Virtual Presentation: Using a real-time tracking system to replace paper-based systems, Bush Brothers discovers major packaging line benefits.
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Test-Centric Assembly
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Test-Centric Assembly

If the goal of your assembly process is perfection, then using the test-centric approach as a process and a strategy is worthy of consideration.
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Your Line Is Watching You

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
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Source:  Implementing Quality by Design, Helen Winkle, Director FDA, FDA/PDA Joint Regulatory Conference 2007, via Jim Cahill
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Can a Quality Focus Shift Pharma Industry Attention?

The U.S. FDA wants pharmaceutical companies to move from a focus on compliance to with GMPs to a focus on product and process quality.
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Mining Machine Maker Improves Productivity with SAP MII

Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII) gave Joy Global more visibility into its production process, boosting productivity by 10 percent at its pilot plant.
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Ford Uses Google Earth for Manufacturing Collaboration
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Ford Uses Google Earth for Manufacturing Collaboration

Using Google Earth technology, Siemens PLM creates the IntoSite cloud-based application for Ford to navigate global manufacturing sites and share best practice information.
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How Embedded Vision Can Improve Inspection and Inventory Tracking
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How Embedded Vision Can Improve Inspection and Inventory Tracking

From providing new methods of improving product tracking to eliminating the bottlenecks often encountered with visual inspection, embedded vision technologies are poised to change the game in many cor
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PLC Lifecycle Management

Discussion of controllers in the continuous process industries typically centers on distributed control systems (DCSs).
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Four Considerations for Upgrades & Migrations

Regardless of whether you want to increase productivity or shorten time-to-market, attaining success in these areas depends on the application of suitable automation technologies in a batch processing
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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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Four Tips for Improving OEE Results

Overall equipment effectiveness calculations can turn rivers of Big Data into nuggets of actionable information.
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Automated Track and Trace Key to Food Safety Measures

Food safety is a very important aspect in the food and beverage industry.
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Six Tips for Complying with Food Safety Requirements

Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Automation as a Means of Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act

With FDA food safety requirements and inspections on the rise in response to the Food Safety Modernization Act deployment, the first question for most people involved in the food industry is: Who do
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Seven Ways to Improve Clean-in-Place-Systems

There are many ways to increase the efficiency and reduce cost and waste in clean-in-place systems.
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Multi-function Automated Turning Cell
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18 Day ROI: Multi-function Automated Turning Cell

CNC programmer and robotics technician create an automated turning cell that handles part machining, sorting, and inspection as well as boxing and palletizing.
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A PLM Surge?
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Is PLM Use Expected to Surge?

Accenture expands its product lifecycle management practice with the acquisition of two PLM consulting and system integration companies in less than one month.
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ATS: Production Data Gathering Software

ATS Intelligence allows manufacturers to collect the data they need to calculate the OEE of their manufacturing processes.
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Cisco Regroups to Grow Internet of Things Ecosystem

A new cross-platform Internet of Things Group and an IoT initiative aim to ‘connect the unconnected.’ Manufacturing today has only 4 percent of its devices connected.
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4 Ways Integrated Quality Differentiates Aerospace and Defense

If you ask a layperson what an aerospace and defense (A&D) contractor makes, his or her response might be “planes,” “missiles” or "”rockets.”
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