The Overlooked Challenges of Scaling Up
Perform an online search for “How to Scale Up a Business.” Most of the results recommend you create a plan. Wasn't that what a business plan was for? Isn't that the entire goal of a business - to..
Predictive Maintenance: Increasing Your Equipment's ROI
You may be surprised to learn that predictive maintenance was first used during World War II. About half of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) aircraft were grounded for maintenance at any time during the..
Turning Machine Learning and Deep Analytics into Business Insights
According to Forbes, the 2019 growth strategy for manufacturers was focused on improving shop floor productivity through investing in machine learning (ML) platforms. That focus may not have resulted..
Overcoming Interoperability Challenges: Why IoT Standards are a Business Imperative
Do you remember when your company connected the first sensor or device to the Internet of Things (IoT)? It wasn’t plug and play. It was more wish and wait. You were excited about the potential, but..
Can Smart Manufacturing Support the 3 Ps of Sustainability?
When was the last time you heard the phrase smart manufacturing? Yesterday? Two hours ago? In one of our recent posts? What about the word sustainability? Although these terms are likely heard..
How Smart is Your Factory?
According to Forbes, technology is the dominant trend in manufacturing for 2020. More and more manufacturers will look to technologies that make their factories smarter by utilizing: Internet of..
How Knowledge Sharing Supports a Well Integrated Value Chain
Manufacturers are familiar with the term supply chain. They understand that it encompasses the acquiring of materials through production to delivery to the customer. Supply chains focus on the cost..
How Content Chaos is Hurting Manufacturers
In a perfect world, manufacturing documentation is ordered and controlled. Product Development conducts a feasibility study for a new product idea. Product developers or engineers create a design..
Customer Collaboration: Improving the ROI of R&D
Creating new products is expensive. Ask anyone in the business of delivering new products to the end-user. The R&D budget can quickly become a black hole, where the money goes in, but no successful..
Manufacturing: Do You Have a Business Continuity Plan for Cyberattacks?
When businesses hear business continuity or disaster recovery, they think of a catastrophic event such as a natural disaster or political upheaval. Depending on its location, a company may consider a..
Knowledge Sharing in the World of IIoT
Have you noticed how defining a technology acronym does very little to explain what it is? Take IIoT. What is an industrial internet of things? Is it different than the internet of things (IoT)?..
What Impact Will Robotic Process Automation Have on Manufacturing Documentation?
Once upon a time, documentation specialists consolidated information from subject matter experts (SMEs) into user manuals or “how-to” guides. That meant writers and trainers spent a great deal of..