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Co-Created Products Come to Market
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Co-Created Products Come to Market

One year after the launch of FirstBuild, some of the first co-created products—designed though crowdsourcing of engineering and consumer input—are being released for sale.
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When Automation Adds No Value
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When Automation Adds No Value

The application of automation technologies in the manufacturing and processing industries is always accompanied by estimations of value added after installation. Common industry practices, however, often eliminate this value.
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Kellogg’s Quest for Manufacturing Innovation
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Kellogg’s Quest for Manufacturing Innovation

The company’s Integrated Project Delivery system is a methodology for achieving continuous process improvement in developed and emerging markets.
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Agile Project Management Questions Answered, Part 1
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Agile Project Management Questions Answered, Part 1

In response to an earlier post on agile project management for MES and MOM deployments, readers had a number of questions about putting this process into practice.
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Are You Spending too Much on Automation?
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Are You Spending too Much on Automation?

To find out if you should automate or stick with a manual process, answer these five questions.
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Why Lead Integrators Are Important to the Future of Manufacturing
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Lead Integrators and the Future of Manufacturing

A new level of partnership between manufacturers and automation solution providers aims to fill the engineering skills gap.
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Cost Information for New Product Introductions

Cost modeling focused on decision support provides improved managerial insights and information.
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Managing Relationships Among Operations, IT and Engineering
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Managing Relationships Among Operations, IT and Engineering

In an MES project, each of these actors has different goals and viewpoints that sometimes turn out to be almost confrontational. However, the contribution of each is critical to the success of the project and its subsequent maintenance and evolution.
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How to Develop a Project Plan
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How to Develop a Project Plan

The biggest key to successful project management is having a well thought-out project plan.
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Project Management Software Vs. Excel Checklists
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Project Management Software Vs. Excel Checklists

How simple, familiar tools like Excel—when used correctly and shared with everyone—can be used to very effectively support continuous improvement.
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Honeywell Makes LEAP in Project Execution

Introduced this week at the Honeywell Users Group (HUG), Lean Execution of Automation Projects combines Universal IO, virtualization and cloud engineering to take automation out of the critical path.
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Why Partnership with a System Integrator is Critical
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Why Partnership with a System Integrator is Critical

Forging a long-term partnership with a system integrator, beyond the immediate scope of work, keeps complex control systems functioning at peak performance.
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How to Make Communication Central to Project Management
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How to Make Communication Central to Project Management

Communication before, during and after a project is the project manager’s best way to manage scope creep and risk.
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Nine Strategic Considerations for Using Wireless Technology

Companies are turning to wireless communications to minimize man hours spent walking plants or pipelines, particularly in hazardous or remote areas.
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Migrations Are Emotional Events, So Work to Minimize the Pain

Even if the technology being used is important, the success of any control system migration will be mainly people-related. Plan for disruption and try to minimize that.
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