Intelligent Manufacturing Blog
What is Lean manufacturing? Lean manufacturing or lean production, is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. To be a lean manufacturer, you need an agile manufacturing execution system (MES) that adapts to the manufacturing processes and provides monitoring and control functions to efficiently produce quality product in a non-intrusive manner.read more
The heart of your plant’s manufacturing operations is the manufacturing execution system (MES). If the heart is not performing like it once did though, then it may be time to consider intervention. Below are 10 warning signs that it is time to either replace your current MES or give it some much-needed attention and updates.read more
If it is doing its job, a manufacturing execution system (MES), fulfills the role of system of record by collecting “all” data associated with the manufacturing process. The traditional way to tap into this data avalanche is with reports. A useful system has many reports covering all the parts of the database.read more
As online sales continually rise, so will the pressure on warehouses. Take a look at industry trends according to a recent Zebra survey.read more
Data is constantly the talk of the town. Manufacturers have the ability to collect data on almost anything. So the question becomes, what data should you collect? We identified eight key performance indicators (KPIs) that manufacturers should track and why.read more
Seventeen Non-Functional Airbags Installed in Vehicles – Why You Need Automotive Manufacturing Traceability
When a car crashes into an object, there’s a timeframe of 60 milliseconds to save the driver’s life. Six one-hundredths of a second are all it takes for the driver to make contact with the airbag. And if not the airbag, then the dashboard or windshield.
In an industry where milliseconds mean life or death, perfection is the standard.read more
In the manufacturing world, things don’t always go as planned. It’s common for manufacturers to end up with broken part tabs, scratched car doors or stripped screws.
This causes production slowdowns, long delays and low-quality products which ultimately leads to unhappy customers, lost revenue and possibly a dreaded recall. These consequences make defect tracking and reporting especially important.read more
“Intelligent manufacturing” (IM) means using the combined intelligence of people, processes and machines, to impact the overall economics of manufacturing. Its purpose is to optimize manufacturing resources, improve business value and safety, and reduce waste – both on the floor and in back office operations, all while meeting customer demands for delivery and quality.read more
Innovative technology that promises reduced scrap and waste, cost savings and quality improvement is popping up everywhere in the manufacturing industry. But when it comes to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), there are a number of trends to avoid in your long-term strategy for growth.read more