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Benefits of Upgrading a Facility to Ethernet

Ethernet has been a popular networking protocol for over four decades and is widely used in both local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). Ethernet provides a fast and reliable way to transfer data and is the most commonly used protocol for connecting devices in industrial automation and control systems. One of the key benefits of Ethernet integration is the ability to connect multiple devices and systems, allowing for the transfer of data and information between them. This enables the integration of different devices and systems, such as sensors, actuators, and controllers, into a single network, making it easier to monitor, control, and automate processes. Which, ultimately, can improve your productivity and lower the overall cost. However, when integrating devices and systems over Ethernet, it is important to consider the different communication protocols and data formats used by each device. This is because different devices may use different communication protocols and data formats, making it difficult to exchange information between them.
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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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Challenging Labor Shortages: Options to Mitigate

In today’s age, we are vastly approaching a crisis. The manufacturing and industrial world is challenged with a limited number of employees wanting to work in the industry. Furthermore, Baby Boomers, the main knowledge base in factory operations, are retiring. These experienced people are so seasoned in their ways that they often have not taken the time to document exactly what they accomplish, and most importantly what their tricks of the trade are, day in and day out. Thus, institutional knowledge retires with the Boomers and is not passed to the next generation.
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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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Breaking the Mold: Our Approach to Digital Transformation

From Top to Bottom

Digital Transformation (DX) can be a confusing topic for many companies. Some may assume it involves large-scale overhauls, when in reality it can be as simple as a minor change to the way you present the information, that is already displayed on an interface. In this blog, we share our approach to DX, which encompasses strategy to cover all aspects of the transformation process that can be applied regardless of the scale of your initiative.
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