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Using MES/MOM to Streamline Production Complexity
A few years ago, Johnson Controls launched the first-in-the-US plant to supply Lithium-Ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. To make these products, this plant has clean rooms and dry rooms and requires strict traceability reporting. In the face of this production complexity, Johnson Controls realized the plant needed a comprehensive manufacturing...
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Cut Manufacturing Costs with Business Intelligence

Cost Insight extends aPriori’s enterprise product cost management platform to provide actionable, role-based views to help manufacturing and other organization members see cost saving opportunities ea
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Using MES/MOM to Streamline Production Complexity
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Using MES/MOM to Streamline Production Complexity

Virtual Presentation: A look at how Johnson Controls' Lithium-ion battery plant uses MES/MOM software to simplify complex production processes.
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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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A Starter’s Guide to Achieving Performance Excellence in Manufacturing

Optimizing and leveraging existing resources are key focuses for most businesses. An operational excellence strategy can be the difference between mediocrity and market leadership.
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CSIA Honors Industry Contributions

The Control System Integrators Association gave out three awards last week at its 2014 Executive Conference in San Diego.
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CSIA Launches New Integrator Community

The Industrial Automation Exchange helps manufacturers find a system integrator through several different pathways, moving past the directory model into a more social setting.
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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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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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Automation at Nestle Brings Back Baby Food Line

A range of shelf-stable, microwavable, ready meals for babies and toddlers showed promise a few years ago. But packaging operations had to be optimized to make it viable.
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Why Agile Operations Are Key

See how increased operational agility is helping manufacturers achieve operational excellence.
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Factivity: MES Software

Gantt chart viewing is now included in the company's Shop Floor Module.
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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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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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New interface tool tightly integrates robots and packaging machines

Generally speaking, when a robot made by a robotic OEM is integrated into a piece of packaging machinery like a case packer or cartoner, the robot comes with its own controller while the packaging mac
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Process Technology and Engineering Trends

From project execution, total cost of ownership, and lifecycle support issues to field device and systems integration and increased focus on software, Yokogawa executives discuss specific user trends
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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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