The Top Features & Benefits of FactoryAI and its Impact on Maintenance Management

The Top Features & Benefits of FactoryAI and its Impact on Maintenance Management Unplanned interruptions to production are detrimental to a manufacturer’s overall efficiency and profitability. Some interruptions stem from issues such as poor scheduling, unplanned personnel absences, or environmental issues. Others happen when equipment fails to function properly, requiring a shutdown to investigate the […]

The Importance of Lean Material Management

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The Importance of Lean Material Management Lean manufacturing is the continuous process of improving productivity and reducing waste. Waste comes in many forms, including time, effort (labor), or other resources that are used in the production process. As part of lean manufacturing, materials management is an important aspect of keeping inventory low and maintaining the […]

A Guide to Sustainable Manufacturing using EnergyMax Software

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A Guide to Sustainable Manufacturing using EnergyMax Software Revenue generation isn’t the only target manufacturers work toward annually. In fact, a variety of key performance indicators (KPIs) drive manufacturing operations. There is a growing desire among manufacturers to improve sustainability when it comes to energy use. Motivations behind these efforts vary.  For some, it is […]

The Importance of Long-Term Planning in Manufacturing

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The Importance of Long-Term Planning in Manufacturing Most organizations, no matter the industry, operate with some type of plan in place. In some cases, plans can cover short-term goals or objectives. However, it’s generally smart for any business to outline long-term goals so that efforts moving forward are effective at meeting those goals. In addition […]

The Differences Between Scrap, Rework, & Spoilage

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The Differences Between Scrap, Rework, & Spoilage In the manufacturing world, the terms “scrap,” “spoilage,” and “rework” are often used – all describing costly occurrences that companies make all efforts to avoid. In a perfect world, equipment wouldn’t malfunction, humans wouldn’t make operating errors, and all raw materials would be converted into finished products able […]

The Importance of Supply Chain Agility

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The Importance of Supply Chain Agility Most people have a general understanding of what a supply chain is. Essentially, everything that goes into producing and delivering a product/service is part of its supply chain. This begins with sourcing raw materials from which to use in the production process and ends with a product or service […]

How does an MES Help to Increase Machine Uptime?

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How does an MES Help to Increase Machine Uptime? The benefits of implementing a manufacturing execution system (MES) are plentiful. Among these, MES software can aid in increasing machine uptime in a number of ways. Uptime refers to the efficiency and availability of a piece of manufacturing machinery or equipment. Any time a machine is […]

3 Ways a Manufacturing Execution System Can Improve Customer Satisfaction

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3 Ways a Manufacturing Execution System Can Improve Customer Satisfaction Implementing a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can completely transform operations within a facility. By providing real-time communication between the manufacturing side of things and all other organizational functions, it can also have positive impacts beyond the shop floor. In fact, an MES can help significantly […]