Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Simpler is better. This rule of thumb for lean manufacturing applies equally well to quality control as it does to process monitoring and other aspects of production
The Lorax might speak for the trees, but who speaks for the plants? The time has come for someone to speak for the manufacturing sites, production facilities or processing plants most of you are working in or supporting every day.
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The Supersight Solo computing platform, designed for industrial imaging applications, allows users to integrate a system host board with graphics processing units, FPGAs and frame grabbers in a single chassis.
Be practical in your evaluation—although COTS MES is much further along than years past in terms of reliability and multi-functionality, products are still evolving.
Apriso offers free access to a manufacturing operations performance benchmarking tool for a limited time.
“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.
In humankind’s never-ending effort to be free from mundane tasks, we have applied automation to a variety of processes that govern our lives.
The new certified Robotic Integrator Program offers accreditation to integrators to help benchmark their companies in the industry.
Wago Corporation’s new YouTube channel features 30+ videos, providing customers with additional training and product support. Produced by WAGO application engineers and product and training managers, the step-by-step videos deliver a wide range of content for both new and experienced viewers.
The notion of finance providing control insights to operations is outdated. The real value of integrating financial and operational information has shifted from control to optimization, planning, and simulation.
As with any automation investment, whether hardware or software, a major part of the justification process is how long will it take to recoup the investment.
Patti Engineering, Inc., control systems integration company based in Auburn Hills, MI with offices in Massachusetts and Texas, served as a Special Award Sponsor for the 2012 Michigan Regional Future City Competition which took place January 30, 2012 at The Suburban Collection in Novi, MI. Patti Engineering sent a team of electrical engineers to review and judge the entries.
Celebration of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Research Center’s 20th anniversary is marked by a plan to advance manufacturing in the U.S. through development of “collaboratories.”
Rendering is the process of recycling waste animal tissue into stable materials that are used as ingredients in making livestock and pet rations and other products.  Upgrades to a rendering plant are particularly challenging because the plant receives a continuous stream of waste tissue from processing plants that has nowhere else to go.  
MBX developed special production, picking, tracking and staffing procedures and built proprietary software to improve scheduling, balance workload distribution, and perform other manufacturing tasks.
According to a joint report from AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, industry is on track to produce orders equal to all of 2010 by the end of August 2011.
The right software can make all the difference. Just ask Chris Bacon, production manager at the Nampa, Idaho plant of Pepsi Bottling Ventures: “This new capability frees up at least an hour a day per person, which is equivalent to adding another person to the staff, free of charge—and that’s a wonderful initial return on investment,” he notes.
AMR Research, now part of Gartner and a Boston-based analyst firm, has identified five core functions every Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence application should possess:
The MESA International North American Conference kicks off in Orlando, Florida September 19-23.
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