Analytics are the Key to Getting Value From IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the factory floor with a proliferation of connected sensors and smart devices that can gather literally billions of data points from on-going activities. This data provides an unprecedented view of minute details of production events and activities – in real-time – to controllers and operators so that […]

The Future of Electric Vehicles

The Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla’s Model S. These are just a few of the electric vehicles (EVs) we’re now accustomed to seeing on America’s roadways. Although drivers and riders are increasingly adopting plug-in cars, the latest industry reports indicate plug-ins are still only slightly above 1% of total automotive sales in the U.S., […]

Is Your Planning Integrated?

Most manufacturers take advantage of planning software (MRP and its variants) to set production schedules and lay out replenishment requirements for inventory. Most companies also engage in a formal business planning process to set strategic objectives, plan cash flow and financial requirements, allocate funds to major business functions, plan capital expenditures, etc. But are these […]

Self Driving Cars Hit the Road

Self-driving cars are inching closer to reality, not just in the development labs of big car companies and tech giants, but on the road in a growing number of communities, which are launching pilot projects to put the technology through its paces. According to a list compiled by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, upwards […]

Inventory Optimization in the Supply Chain

Every company wants to have the right amount of the right inventory in the right place at the right time, and that has been the primary focus of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software and its successors and descendants including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Distribution Requirements Planning. Traditional planning systems use traditional logic that calculates […]

Generative Design: Design the Future

Well thought-out design is often an important prerequisite for innovation. Thanks to generative design, you can now leave most of this ‘thinking’ to smart algorithms. What is generative design? Generative design is a process in which software based on algorithms independently generates design proposals. Designers enter beforehand as many variables as possible, such as the […]

How the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Can Transform Industries

When industries expand and new technologies emerge, there are a variety of companies that want to boost adoption through as-a-service offerings. In recent years, it’s become standard to see technology as a service — from software to infrastructure and simulation. With the emergence of big data, analytics and predictive maintenance, some industries may wonder if […]

Is There a Self-Driving Zamboni in Your Future?

Want to work the overnight shift at Walmart scrubbing floors? I didn’t think so. How about scanning shelves to see what merchandise need to be replenished before the morning rush? For that matter, did you want to work the night shift at all? And if you did, wouldn’t you rather be handling online orders, coordinating […]

Digital Manufacturing: What Would FC Barcelona Do?

You’re modeling a digital manufacturing strategy around a use case of new product introductions (NPI), because the corporate emphasis is organic growth through a constant stream of new offerings. You want to understand demand as early as possible in the product life cycle, to continuously adapt your manufacturing and supply chain response for timely replenishment. […]