Why You Need a Digitization Strategy?

If you didn’t make it to the recent ISA Energy and Water Conference (EWAC) in Orlando, we wanted to share a small snippet of what you missed. Today’s digitization movement impacts everyone in a slightly different way. There is no single slam-dunk idea or industry 4.0 technology that will solve all the challenges of industrial

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AW North Carolina Raises the Bar: Digital at the Point of Entry

Digitization in manufacturing is a very hot topic, but how many manufacturers are actually achieving it? Research shows that manufacturing lags other industries in digitization of work as well as digital asset management. Laggards are being negatively affected. But conversely, those companies, like AW North Carolina, that make the digital transformation now are seeing the

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Deploying Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES): 7 Ways to Fail

Clients often ask us to assess their Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment and identify any gaps that are limiting their ROI. In other words, “Why aren’t we getting the results we expected?” Since MES is normally a significant investment, often in the millions of dollars, corporate oversight is warranted and justified. Here is a short

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Summer Training “Learn-cations”

With summer already upon us, one idea for staying cool is to take some time to equip yourself with the latest knowledge by attending one of our training courses (in an air-conditioned room of course).  In fact, why not make it a “Learn-cation”.  Depending on personal preference, you might want to combine training with a

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The Power of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – What to Expect

My role allows me to work in various manufacturing facilities across America.  One of the programs most of these plants can benefit from is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) management. If you are considering embarking on an OEE program or looking to re-vitalize an existing program, I’d like to share an element of what to expect.

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Managing Operations Across Multiple Sites – All at the Same Time?

About 80 years ago, scientists discovered that it is possible to be in two locations at the same time—at least for an atom or a subatomic particle, such as an electron.  For such tiny objects, the world is governed by a crazy set of physical laws known as quantum mechanics. Good news!  You don’t need

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Is Your Food & Beverage Plant Energy Bill Too High?

How much is your food & beverage plant’s energy bill? Chances are pretty good that reducing that bill is something you’ve discussed. The food & beverage sector is one of the top 5 consumers of fuels and power in US manufacturing, with Grain & Oilseed Milling leading the consumption. Improving energy efficiency can result in huge operational savings.

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Maple Leaf Foods – The Road to Sustainable MES Adoption

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company with more than $4 Billion in sales. Recently, I had the privilege of working with three Maple Leaf Foods plants during an AVEVA/Wonderware Manufacturing Execution System (MES) deployment. Learn more about the Maple Leaf automated MES program goals here.  Our role at InSource was to

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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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