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IIoT Implementation: Benefits, challenges and practical considerations

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, has rocketed in just a few short years from being a novel idea to its current role as a major driver in manufacturing and automation. Today, most manufacturers either have an established strategy for IIoT, are pursuing Proof of Concepts, or at a minimum are investigating the business case and applicability. In this blog, I’ll be talking about the critical benefits, challenges and Read More

Internet of Business (online) publishes piece on AR and manufacturing, co-written by Factora’s Michael Chang

Factora’s expertise shines through in this piece published recently on the Internet of Business (online). Entitled “Why manufacturers should welcome the age of augmented reality”, the article digs down into how AR makes factory work faster, safer and more accurate, and ends with the compelling question: How are you going to bring AR to your factory and take your own company’s operational efficiencies several big steps beyond where they stand Read More

Smart manufacturing tools are evolving quickly – a client story

Just a few years ago I was working with a customer who makes baked snacks – one-serving apple pies, cakes, chocolate swirls, you get the idea. Factora had been called in because of a waste issue. To give you an opportunity to see how tools have evolved, I’m going to tell you how we solved it then, and how we might solve it today. Too tall is wasted The problem Read More

7 tips to successful knowledge transfer in manufacturing

Project Go-Live was a success. The MES system is up and running, on schedule and on budget. End users are starting to see the projected results, the key information that will move them further along the road to world-class manufacturing. Not to mention, deliver a healthy ROI on their investment. Time to move on? Not a chance. Now it’s time for knowledge transfer It’s never easy to transfer knowledge, and Read More

UX is the new UI: The user is king in great IIOT design

IIOT technology has evolved to the point that self-serve solutions are easier to configure, with your own display mash-ups and data analytics. Who needs that data scientist? Or system designer? No one! Uh oh, not so fast. There’s a flipside to this build-your-own-world. You still need good design and data management to make the content meaningful. But now, that role has been pushed out to the end user. The flexibility Read More

Does your integration partner speak your language?

Mandarin and Spanish are the world’s two leading languages, based on numbers of native speakers. Mighty English can claim only 3rd place. However, English is by far the most prominent second language. Millions of people, in every country on Earth, choose to learn English because it’s the lingua franca of business. As a Costa Rican software engineer, I see myself as having two native languages, Spanish and Technology. But to Read More

Being Dr. Dolittle: Smart Manufacturing is a mindset

Let’s say you’ve had your dog Woofgang for quite a while. You probably know how to interpret what Woofy is saying. His behavior tells you if his water bowl is empty, it’s time to go outside, or it’s been too long since the last run. But sometimes you fail in your interpretation, there’s a communication breakdown, and you come upon the unhappy result on your new Persian carpet. Uh oh! Read More

The big divide – with solutions for bridging it

The big divide – with solutions for bridging it Today I’m writing about the big divide in our society – the polarization that everyone’s talking about. The one that makes it tough for all of us to see eye to eye. You know the one I mean! The divide between manufacturing and IT people, on every shop floor. Joking aside … to have success in any manufacturing project, one of Read More