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Beyond the Basics: What’s Next for Industry 4.0?

While the basics of Industry 4.0 may sound futuristic, it won’t be long before we see even more sweeping changes in manufacturing. When new technologies arrive on the scene, it can be hard to imagine how they will affect the world as we know it. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting new […]

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Real-Time Productivity Tracking from OEE to Time & Attendance

Don’t forget these few facts…Part 1 Accurate factory floor production reporting is becoming more and more important for many manufacturing companies for a variety of reasons. Reasons that range from process improvement projects to more effective and accurate costing. But there are several things to know before taking on the task of implementing a new

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QAD 2018 Explore Conference

[smartslider3 slider=”3″] The QAD 2018 Explore Conference was another great success for FACTIVITY and the various customers and potential future customer that came by our booth to talk. On display was our newest in factory floor MES software as well as our Advanced Planning & Scheduling System. Both systems provide the latest in production management

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Industry 4.0: Changing the Face of Manufacturing

Manufacturers in the age of Industry 4.0 must be smart, connected, responsive and customer centric. The factory of the future must operate flawlessly, delivering products on time with acceptable quality and a minimum of scrap and rework. In addition, manufacturing must offer increasingly customized products, low prices and faster deliveries. It’s a tall order, which

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Selecting Technologies for Industry 4.0

Our recent post Getting Started with Industry 4.0 lays out a path to the future of smart and modern manufacturing. The best way to achieve your Industry 4.0 goals is to create a roadmap for converting, upgrading or adding new systems that are the backbone of this digital transformation. Unfortunately, many companies will try to

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Industry 4.0…what you should know while at Explore!

What is Industry 4.0? You may be hearing a lot of buzz about Industry 4.0 and wondering what all the noise is about. The concept arose from a project commissioned by the German government in 2011 through 2013. The term, which is sometimes written Industrie 4.0, refers to the fourth wave of the Industrial Revolution.

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Getting Started with Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 encompasses so many technologies and offers so many transformational opportunities that it can be hard to know where to start. For example, McKinsey lists almost 30 distinct functions across eight different manufacturing business areas that can benefit from Industry 4.0. No company has unlimited resources, so you need to be sure you work

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Scheduling Software…How Plastics & Metal Manufacturers can make better operational decisions…faster!

“One major differentiator between Advanced Scheduling Software and using your current ERP and/or spreadsheet based scheduling system is the ability to quickly and easily provide realistic ship dates to customers…” Providing timely delivery to customers does not have to be a complex process. Accurate and optimized production scheduling in plastic parts and metal fabrication factories

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Manufacturing Labor Time– Not what it used to be!

As recently mentioned in the NY Times Newspaper of Jan 3, 2018… “Tech has helped undercut the power of incumbent institutions — governments, political parties, the media, the patriarchy…” Not to mention the incumbent institution of labor time reporting! Many metal fabrication and plastic parts manufacturers still have labor time systems that were not designed

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