Industry 4.0: Practitioners Share Real-World Examples

In 2018, Industry 4.0 achieved “viral” status as it was a frequent theme of articles, workshops, and webinars in the industrial marketplace. Of the potential benefits, Automation World said, “Industrial Internet of Things, isn’t just a new way of trying to get you to loosen your purse strings. It brings the promise of improved business

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Does Your F&B Plant Suffer from LPF Syndrome?

Paper forms (work order tracking, lab results, maintenance and safety rounds, etc.) are the oil that keeps your Food and Beverage plant’s engine running.  Somewhere in that ocean of paper is the insight you need to save money and run your plant more efficiently. A common barrier is overcoming LPF (Lost, Piled & Filed) Syndrome.  You recognize

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Waste Less Corn Syrup! How to Offset the Rising Costs of Raw Materials.

Bud Light’s now viral corn syrup commercial created a lot of post-Super Bowl buzz and shed a humorous light on what actually goes into the products we drink. While it tickled the public’s funny bone, for food and beverage manufacturers, the rising costs of raw materials are no laughing matter. In fact, talking with our

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Give Your Workforce a “New” Reality. Watch How One Company Did Just That.

According to Forbes, “Digital Transformation isn’t a buzzword anymore. It’s the way.” In today’s increasingly competitive marketplaces, every business is looking for an opportunity to exploit a new competitive advantage that helps combat their industry and market pressures. Numerous cutting-edge technologies promise to help overcome these pressures. What’s more, digital technologies like digital twin, mobility,

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Training Drives Adoption and Facilitates Independent Workers

Wonderware Version 2017 It’s not likely in today’s world that many will argue that training has no value. After all, each of us is where we are, in part, due to years of learning; some formal training and some on-the-job training (OJT). The exact benefits may be harder to pin down. The chart below comes

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Why is My Packaging Line Down?

“Why don’t our packaging lines achieve their design capacity? Why are we down?”  Do those words sound familiar? As an IT Manufacturing Solutions Company, InSource ranked this as one of the top business issues voiced by our clients in Food, Beverage and Commercial Product Goods manufacturing in 2018. Finding the answer is important as companies face

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Digital Twins for a Digital Maintenance Work Culture

Successful manufacturers of the future will need to embrace digital maintenance technology to remain competitive in their industry. Digital transformation empowers people, improves profitability and return on capital across the operations and asset lifecycle. These smart manufacturers manifest stunningly accurate digital twins of equipment, production lines and even full-scale plants and the processes within them.

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Industrial IIoT – Use Cases, Not War Games

Growing up in the 80’s, I was fascinated by the evolving computer presence and narratives found in the movies. From Terminator to No Way Out, I watched these films and they sucked me into the world of new age of computers and how they could be applied. War Games was an especially memorable movie for

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Ripped from the Headlines: An Industrial Cyber Security Plan

In today’s Breaking News, a malware named Triton recently brought down a Saudi Petrochemical Plant. Sounds like another shock & awe headline from this fall’s torrent of political ads? You might be surprised to learn it’s not fake news but a real-life industrial cyber-security threat that warrants a little more investigation. It’s all about Russia

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Creating Value with a Democratization of Data Strategy

My family and I love taking trips together and just like millions of others, we love hiking to beautiful waterfalls.  In many cases, when we hike to see waterfalls they are overcrowded because they are so beautiful.  However, in some rare cases, we may find that one gem of a waterfall where no other person

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Industry 4.0 Packaged Solutions: Frictionless at All Levels

I speak and write frequently about Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing. My goal is to educate listeners and readers on how to apply the available modern technology stacks to real-life applications. Differentiating terms like IIoT and Industry 4.0 is helpful but the real outcome I am seeking is to provide solutions and architectures that solve problems. An

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