How IIoT Might Fit in an OEE Strategy

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) in its fundamental form is not new to manufacturing; just replace the word “Internet” with “Intranet” and you get my point. We connect to industrial devices like PLCs and Control Systems, which are connected continuously to equipment, sensors, thermocouples, meters, etc. They control, monitor, and report information back to HMIs,

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Recipe Management: What Took Us So Long!

Sometimes an enhancement to life comes along and you say to yourself, “well, why in the world didn’t we think of that before?” Like adding wheels to luggage. It’s hard to think back now and picture how we traveled before luggage on wheels. My teammates at InSource and I have been consulting on recipe management

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The IIoT and Asset Management

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being embraced as a major driver of growth and productivity. Logically, the integration of physical assets and information technology systems makes a lot of sense. Sending asset specific, machine generated data over the internet to data bases provides real-time granular information that enables enhanced modeling, analysis and decision

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The Impact of IIoT on Quality

Few would debate that manufacturing quality has improved over the past 15-20 years. Has IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) made a difference?  When compared to the “old” days, what can we do now that we couldn’t before? How has IIoT impacted the way we can do things?  What makes it better? Definition:  IIot (Industrial Internet

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5 Keys to Operational Excellence

Over the course of my career, I’ve met numerous continuous improvement and operations professionals. While they are passionate about improving their organization and adding value, often they feel their efforts are unsupported and viewed as being isolated from the other departments. Yet, in many of those same organizations, I have heard the executive team talk

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Equipping the Knowledge Worker for Success

Since Peter Drucker introduced the idea of the Knowledge Worker in the mid 1990’s, it has caused us to think about how we evolve and the skills and competencies required to be effective in our jobs. In manufacturing, the challenges are significant to be able to keep up with the pace of change and shifting

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False Choices: A Manufacturing Perspective for 2017

We agree.  Don’t be fooled by false choices. InSource Solutions is lucky enough to live on the edge of technological & process advances in manufacturing and industrial environments.  There’s a lot of exciting stuff going on.  From advanced technologies and the ideas and innovations they are spawning to increased early STEM educational opportunities that will

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InSource Solutions + Giving Back

At InSource, we are guided by our Unifying Principles (UP) to Contribute, Serve, Build, and Care. We take these principles to heart as an organization and as individuals. Since 2012, Whitney Robertson, Ordering Processing Specialist in our Richmond, VA office, has organized a giving drive to help local Richmond families in need. In the past,

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Whatever Happened To The Good Ol’ Days?

A company for years had celebrated great product volume, good customer recognition of product name, and a wide variety of diversity in product. Return on investments was good with great profit sharing to the employees and management team. Change didn’t happen for well over 50 years because the adage was if it’s not broke don’t

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InSource Helps Make it in Maryland

October 1, 2016 — College Park, MD — It was a rainy and cool Saturday as the University of Maryland Terrapins prepared to battle the Boilermakers of Purdue. InSource’s Ted Fluehr and Ann Croom were setting up to welcome the future of Maryland manufacturing. The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD MEP) and Regional Manufacturing Institute

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Effective HMI Design Improves Production Quality

Real-Time and Historical “Decision Support” systems are key operational tools in manufacturing and industrial facilities. Automation has been proven to make a huge difference in operational excellence however, people and their ability to do the right thing makes all the difference in the world. In my last post Better Technology Skillsets Mean Improved Production Up-time,

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