The Smart Manufacturing Revolution

Aug 17, 2016 2:22:45 PM | Posted by John Clemons

Smart manufacturing is having a global impact on the manufacturing industry as a whole and turning it into an economic powerhouse.

Smart manufacturing seems to have the whole world's attention right now. Government leaders from countries such as Germany, France, the United Kingdom, India, China, and the U.S. are banking on smart manufacturing's potential to strengthen their manufacturing industries and their economies with an infusion of advanced information technologies (IT) and a 21st-century business mindset.

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Moving beyond technology: 4 keys to project success

Apr 2, 2015 5:19:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Technology is only a tool for project success. Proper training and access to data combined with the appropriate technologies is a power combination for achieving results.

I’m an engineer and I work for a technology company. All the projects we do are about technology, and rightly so. Technology is an extremely powerful driving force in our world. Technology is used everywhere, and it’s all just amazing.

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Enterprise batch records and enterprise manufacturing intelligence

Aug 20, 2014 4:59:39 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) has its own benefits, but it’s most useful when used with the enterprise batch records, providing personnel with to access the data they need.

In past blog posts where I’ve talked about enterprise batch records, I’ve also mentioned the concept of enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) a couple of times. But, I noticed that I haven’t really spent that much time explaining EMI. So, I thought it would make sense to devote some time specifically to the idea of EMI.

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Enterprise batch records and supply chain traceability

Jul 23, 2014 5:10:23 AM | Posted by John Clemons

In addition to tracking a finished product from the receiving dock to the shipping dock, enterprise batch records can also connect upstream to suppliers and downstream to customers, taking traceability to the next level.

I’ve talked before a little bit about electronic batch records and enterprise batch records. Electronic batch records are all about keeping everything about a batch electronically instead of on lots of paper. That makes everything about the batch easier to manage and supports other things like batch historical analyses, batch-to-batch comparisons, and electronic certificates of analysis (COAs).

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Enterprise batch records: Data collection

Jul 9, 2014 5:53:11 AM | Posted by John Clemons

A commonly asked question about enterprise batch records is how do you get data into them? Many devices can be recruited for this, and once they are set up the benefits reap themselves.

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New ideas for quality management: Part 6

Apr 23, 2014 5:02:07 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Managing manufacturing quality is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Each situation differs and requires unique approaches to technologies, information, and training.

As I promised last time, I’m finally wrapping up this topic on the management of manufacturing quality. If you’ve been following all this, you’ll know that there are a lot of cool new ideas out there and a lot of cool new technology as well. It all means that you can have a pretty big impact on the shop floor and a pretty big impact on the bottom line for your company.

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New ideas for quality management: Part 5

Apr 16, 2014 9:53:14 AM | Posted by John Clemons

By implementing a process of testing rationalization whereby only a minimal number of tests are actually run and more tests are run only when problems occur, a process of management by exception may be implemented.

Well, I thought I was wrapping up these on the new ideas for quality management, but I’ve thought of a few more things that I’d like to talk about.

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New ideas for quality management: Part 4

Apr 2, 2014 4:11:04 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Laboratory information management systems are ideal for facilities that are looking to improve overall lab performance. Does LIMS make sense for you?

In the last post, I started talking about some of the technology that makes all these new ideas for managing manufacturing quality a reality. We had just started talking about the technology aspects, and I thought I would keep it going a little longer.

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