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3 Questions to Ask before Deploying MES Cloud Apps

You are a CIO recently hired by a mid-size manufacturing company that produces widgets. The company hired you to help guide them to implement a Manufacturing Execution System. At first, you thought this would be a relatively easy decision, so you put out a RFQ (request for quote) and see which of the on-premises, traditional vendors […]

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IT & Manufacturing – It’s a Woman’s Game

This post is inspired by the article, “Women’s Work: A Glimpse at the Changing Face of Manufacturing”. Reading this post made me think about how I found myself in the world of manufacturing. After reading the article, I believe it really does mean something different to be a woman in the field. I don’t work in a factory every day or […]

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Technology

Integration Testing – What to do when Things go Bad

It is the first day testing three different systems together. There is excitement in the air in anticipation to see data flow from one system to the next. The scheduled timeline is filled out, the plan is in place, test data has been created, and those involved are ready to go. You are the team […]

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5 Clues your MES is “at Home” in the Plant

It’s first thing in the morning, coffee in hand. You step out onto to plant floor to start up the production line. Machines hum in the background, workstation monitors displaying work instructions glow down the line, and the first order of the day has been loaded into the manufacturing execution system (MES). 5 Clues that your MES […]

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Are we experiencing a Manufacturing Execution System Revolution?

Thanks to the explosion of possibilities brought to us by the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the Digital Thread, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) now have options. Since the 1980’s, Manufacturing Execution Systems were implemented with in-house development teams and custom enterprise software. They were hosted on local servers in the plant. With Industry 4.0, we […]

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Business Technology

5 Steps to a Successful Conference Room Pilot

Conference Room Pilots (CRPs) are a great way to give end users hands-on time with a system or new software before it is fully developed. CRPs are often used in information system implementations, such as Manufacturing Execution Systems because it gives users an idea of how the new software will work. This provides many benefits such as […]