On behalf of Global Data Sciences Inc., I want to welcome you to our Blog. This is not only an exciting time for GDS but fantastic opportunity to share our passion for Industry, Manufacturing, and the challenges facing the new evolution of the information age with others such as yourselves. In the coming weeks we will explore such topics as Industry 4.0, Smart manufacturing, and yes the Internet of things. All great terms but…..
Michael T, Mantzke
President & CEO
Global Data sciences Inc.
How to Select a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
Manufacturers that operate without the assistance of WMS are few and far between these days. Being able to track and manage products at every step has become the standard. Selecting a WMS, however, is not necessarily a standard process because every manufacturing operation is different. This list offers the basic criteria to use when selecting a WMS.
Smart Manufacturing: More Than a Buzz Phrase
Smart Manufacturing technology is more than just a buzz phrase about today’s technology and its role in the future of worldwide manufacturing. The term accurately describes the convergence of every component of manufacturing, particularly access and integration of all relevant data. The goal of Smart Manufacturing is to provide internal and external (competitive) intelligence, which is a critical driver of global marketplace success.
Manufacturing Execution Systems Is a Technology Game Changer
When looking at the big picture, it’s easy to see why manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage through the use of a manufacturing execution system (MES). The fact is: a MES drives the execution of all manufacturing operations. The goal of a MES is to reach and maintain a high-performance level. Its role is critical to monitoring and enforcing the correct execution of the production process as well as the material used in it. Also, the MES gathers information about the production process and provides the tools to analyze the data. Suffice it to say, to a manufacturer, a MES is a game changer.
Creating a Competitive Advantage: The Internet of Things
Manufacturers take different approaches when it comes to gaining a competitive advantage in the market. Some use pricing strategies, some ramp up customer service and some choose their information technology (IT) department as their corporate distinction. The latter of the three is a strategic move dating back to 1913 when Henry Ford pioneered the product assembly line and transformed automotive manufacturing. One hundred plus years later manufacturers continue to use technology strategically to gain a competitive advantage by leveraging what’s called the internet of things.
Assessing Legacy Systems: Why Bother?
Many manufacturers are operating with legacy systems that have been in place for years. Not surprisingly, they provide an obscure overview of their current inventory management needs. What manufacturers may not realize is the “aha” factor (clear visibility) they will discover as a result of conducting an assessment of their obsolete hardware.
Lessons Learned in Addressing Cyber-Security
An intense focus on infrastructure cannot diminish the necessity of protecting raw data and keeping it safe. To guard against cyber-security, it is essential to consider the human element and review and revise policy with three essential components in mind.
Weakest Link in Cyber-Security: IT or Human Resources?
A stark reality facing businesses today is the ever-growing threat to create and maintain cyber-security. And though the reality is pervasive, many companies still lack the best strategy for addressing it. The profundity of this concern is not a subject of debate. Companies know it’s essential. The struggle comes from coping with the potential damage to corporate image, negative impact on consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take charge when it comes to preventing data theft.
Data Utilization: Today’s Method for Improving Nearly Every Operational Aspect of a Business
Research shows the importance and value of using
data to improve nearly every operational aspect such as product quality, worker
and workplace safety, energy efficiency and environmental compliance, all while
reducing cost. This is where Smart Manufacturing comes into play. Thanks to
technological innovations that have fueled the growth of Smart Manufacturing
acceptance, such achievements have become reality—something that was anything
but the norm less than 20 years ago.