Is U.S. Manufacturing Still Strong?

U.S. manufacturing’s success is driven through the entire value chain – increased productivity, efficient supply chains, innovation, speed-to-market, and flexibility. To be competitive manufacturers must look for the most efficient and effective ways to produce products and satisfy demand.

What is the difference between IoT and IIoT?

The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things are two concepts that are being used more and more in supply chain management discussions. Here’s what you need to know.

Enjoy the seasons… all of them

Don’t worry when sales are down and panic when sales are up (can we fill those orders?) especially when the pattern is seasonal and predictable. Plan production and inventory to make the most of available resources and use any leftover capacity profitably.

Demand management through S&OP

The sales and operations planning (S&OP) team works on developing a “best” plan that makes effective use of the resources available to meet an optimum amount of the demand.

Coming soon — The Digital Factory

The digitization of manufacturing is proceeding rapidly as companies take advantage of new, inexpensive, connected devices to provide unprecedented visibility on the plant floor. How digital is your plant? Do you have plans to expand that digital footprint?

What the Industrial Internet means for manufacturers

It’s hard to imagine a manufacturing business that doesn’t have full-time Internet access, a local network and most likely at least a few sensors or devices connected to that network. Larger plants have hundreds or even thousands of sensors and devices feeding data through the local network. Simply put, that’s the Industrial Internet.

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