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Early Partner Engagement in Digital Transformation

Let’s dive into why engaging with key customer stakeholders during the requirements phase of a Digital Transformation (DX) Program kickoff is important.
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MES Enablement: The Universal Translator

MES is a critical component of the Operational Technology stack. It provides the ability to optimize the manufacturing process through applications such as OEE, SPC and Track and Trace that leverage real time data from the factory floor and puts it in context for the business of running a plant. Accurate and consistent plant floor data is the key to make it all hum. That’s where MES Enablement comes in.

MES Enablement is essentially the middleman for the data translation. All occurring data that takes place on the factory floor is scooped up, standardized, processed, and structured in a concise format through the MES Enablement layer before it is sent to the MES applications. The purpose is to maintain a consistent look and feel for all gathered information from every piece of equipment, on every site, in each line that has MES functionality.
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Live Demos in a Web Seminar: A Refreshing Change to Solving Real World Problems

Since Covid -19 web seminars and webcasts have become an even larger and more integral part of our lives.  They have been a welcomed source of information and sharing that has amplified societies success to learning in a virtual world. While it’s great to get more information served to you from the comforts of your home office, the unintended consequence of the web-sharing infusion has been an overdose of PowerPoint slide shows.  In many of the casts there is limited “real meat” to chew on from a technology perspective.
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OPERATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: OT Vision Planning: Forward planning prevents regret when looking backward

The OT world is moving.  Fast.  So fast that many struggle to clean up yesterday’s messes while trying to manage todays.  Few are able to consider tomorrow, yet alone sit down and create a plan for the next 3 to 5 years.
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Manufacturing Innovation – Who do the little guys turn to?

In today’s world, small to mid-sized manufacturing companies are in a difficult spot when they consider how to take the correct steps towards adopting new technology or business processes.  They do not have easy access to industry experts and consultants like their bigger siblings in Fortune 1000 ranks.  Based on this gap in exposure, they often struggle to get insight into trends, opportunities and innovation for where to best invest. To confuse the issue further, they are bombarded by a myriad of technology vendors with point solutions that are very specific to a particular need but do not provide a cure for all that ails them.  They know they should tweak and tune their manufacturing processes, but struggle to transition their business from the prior manufacturing approaches to those of a lean culture.
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