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2017: Growth on all fronts, with strategic initiatives in play for IIoT

2017 was a year of growth on many fronts for Factora. We built up senior management, particularly in the overburdened area of sales/business development. We spent a great deal of time in the sky, mainly visiting current and prospective clients around the globe, but also travelling to industry trade shows. And we significantly increased our investment and commitment to ThingWorx, the world’s most widely adopted Internet of Things platform. Complementing Read More

Fake news isn’t always political! How real are your numbers?

All over the media, we regularly hear the word fake applied to news and information. Particularly in the political sphere. Today, I want to talk about how fake news creeps into the world of manufacturing. And the rabbit-holes it can lead us down. What is measurement, really? What do those terms mean (pun!)? Even a calculation as simple as an average can be misinterpreted. There’s the mean: sum of values Read More

A Look at GE’s Minds and Machines 2017: Predix isn’t a painkiller

As I write, GE is days away from its November 13th announcement re the divestiture of approximately $20 billion of business. This news item cast an interesting shadow over this year’s Minds and Machines conference. Still, Minds + Machines had its best turnout ever, with 3,500+ attendees coming in from nearly 60 countries. As you can see in the pic, GE went all out to glitz it up, with millions Read More

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