News Feature | April 30, 2014

Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs — April 30, 2014

By Trisha Leon, contributing writer

Manufacturing And Warehousing IT News For VARs

In the news, the manufacturing intelligence market is expected to grow 10.67 percent from 2012 to 2016, with the need to improve operational performance as a driver. Also, an articles tells why manufacturing operations management systems could benefit your clients.

Global Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence Market Report Reveals Need For Packaged Software Solutions

Analysts forecast the Global Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence market to grow at a CAGR of 10.67 percent over the period from 2012 to 2016. A key contributing factor to this growth is the need for enterprises to improve operational performance. Traditionally, companies were using in-house solutions, but with the growing competitive nature of the market and the need for better functionality and integration, enterprises are moving toward packaged software solutions which provide better flexibility, reliability, and scalability over in-house solutions.

A Competitive Big Picture Approach to MES Systems

VARs should encourage their clients to supplement their manufacturing execution systems (MES), which focus on just the production process, with manufacturing operations management systems (MOMs), which manage all the business and coordination processes that characterize the entire production department — a more holistic approach to production management. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, operations need to manage and process real-time information that is specific and adapted to the operations staff. With process management solutions, your clients can ensure product consistency and compliance, measure and analyze the efficiency of operational processes, and prevent the loss of operational knowledge that occurs with a change in human resources. According to Luigi De Bernardini of Automation World, If the company, as a whole, has the ability to move in a more or less coordinated way and adapt to the changing needs of the market, this ability equally determines the competitiveness of the product.

Agenda Announced For Industrys Largest Cloud Supply Chain Event

GT Nexus has announced its keynote agenda for Bridges cloud supply chain conference. The industry-wide conference includes a lineup of keynotes, sessions, and networking opportunities. Bridges takes place June 1-4, 2014, at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, FL.

Increase Your Clients Printer Uptime With Maintenance Team Training

According to Manufacturing Business Technology, performance of a production line where printers are in use improves with printer maintenance training. A highly trained workforce can maximize your clients’ uptime and improve their Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Manufacturing And Warehousing IT Talking Points

The "fourth industrial revolution" is described as a marketplace where machines offer their services and exchange information with products in real time. “We are talking about cyber-physical systems and the joining of the virtual online world and the physical ... ," Chris Vains, Head of Siemens Automation Systems Australia & NZ, told Manufacturers' Monthly. The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) has put this into practice in its smart factory located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, built in cooperation with 20 industrial and research partners, including Siemens. In factories like these a product in the process of being manufactured carries a digital product memory with it from the very beginning and can communicate with its environment via radio signals, becoming a cyber-physical system that enables the real world and the virtual world to merge. As part of the initiative, Siemens has announced $100m in funding to help technology-based start-up companies around the world.

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