Topic: MES

Developers, follow these 10 steps to test your manufacturing code

Testing is an under-rated step on the journey to manufacturing excellence. It often lacks formal procedures. It can be rushed through when things get behind. Testing needs to be an integral component of your project plan, executed with respect. Thorough, disciplined testing delivers: Fewer go-live issues and corrections, not to mention issues in later use Greater operator uptake/use → higher ROI for the project Systems that best carry out the Read More

Sure, big data is awesome – but does yours have a story to tell?

As the rate of data collection has skyrocketed over the last several years, so too has the quest to extract meaning from every single point of data. And while all data tells a story, there are criteria every story must meet in order to convey a meaningful lesson. No lesson? No reason to make an operational change. No operational change? No chance of better performance and profitability. Introduction, conflict, and Read More

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

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

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