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Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. These tips can help you improve execution and operational practices:   1. Ideal system. Design and install food safety systems that are locked down to prevent human bypass and that navigate through garbage-in, garbage-out temptations while remaining extremely user-friendly.   2. Use...
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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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A QC Lesson from Lean Manufacturing

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
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It’s Time You Speak for the Plants

The Lorax might speak for the trees, but who speaks for the plants?
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Matrox: Computing Platform for Industrial Imaging

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
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The Array of MES Applications in one manufacturing company.
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Industrial Software: Buying Versus Building

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.
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Free Benchmark Assessment

Apriso offers free access to a manufacturing operations performance benchmarking tool for a limited time.
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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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Creating an Automated World

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.
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System Integrators: New Robotic Certification Program Snares Four Companies

The new certified Robotic Integrator Program offers accreditation to integrators to help benchmark their companies in the industry.
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Wago Launches YouTube Channel

Wago Corporation’s new YouTube channel features 30+ videos, providing customers with additional training and product support.
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From Control to Optimization and Simulation

The notion of finance providing control insights to operations is outdated.
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The "Return" Question

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.
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Engineers Sponsor, Judge High School Automation Awards Competition

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
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Dr. Ben Wang, incoming exec. dir. of the Manufacturing Research Center at GIT.
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Manufacturing with a Big "M"

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.”
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Continuous Process Challenges Controls Retrofit Team

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
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Wago Wind Power Support Reaches New Heights

At its North American headquarters, Wago installs a 20kW Renewegy wind turbine system, which includes its connectors and other components and supports active energy management.
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Electronics Assembly Made Flexible

MBX developed special production, picking, tracking and staffing procedures and built proprietary software to improve scheduling, balance workload distribution, and perform other manufacturing tasks.
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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 103.9% from June 2010

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
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5 EMI Core Functions

AMR Research, now part of Gartner and a Boston-based analyst firm, has identified five core functions every Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence application should possess:
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Digging Through Data to find Manufacturing Intelligence

The right software can make all the difference.
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