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8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing
The concept of lean principles in manufacturing isn’t new, but it’s taken on a whole new—and urgent—meaning over the past two years. Adopting digit...
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The 10 Best Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 Podcasts for 2022
The 10 Best Manufacturing & Industry 4.0 Podcasts for 2022 Eager to build on your knowledge of manufacturing optimization and industry 4.0 in the new y...
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How Manufacturers Can Achieve a Circular Economy With Improved Plastic Waste Management
Modern plastics manufacturers need to have effective recycling policies in place to reduce waste, placate public opinion, and reduce costs. With more and m...
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Breaking down Information Silos in Manufacturing 
One of the top challenges managers face is understanding what’s going on in real-time in their business, and having full visibility and control over ...
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Smart KPI’s in Manufacturing
How Setting Effective Targets with KPI Management Lets Manufacturing Operations Continually Improve Key performance indicators (KPIs) are an essential part...
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How Digitalization is Helping Plastics Manufacturers Meet Environmental Regulations
Governments around the world are introducing increasingly stringent regulations in efforts to decrease pollution and reduce the negative impacts of big ind...
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Plastic Manufacturing Data Collection: Enabling Data-Driven Manufacturing
Plastics manufacturers are increasingly interested in implementing Industry 4.0 best practices within their factories, recognizing the many benefits it may...
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How to Improve Production Efficiency in the Packaging Industry
Packaging products are integral to the globalized economy that has driven incredible growth in consumer standards of living. The US packaging industry alon...
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Do More with the Matics RtOI Solution
The manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving, with more and more manufacturers integrating advanced solutions and adopting industry 4.0 best practices to...
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What Are the 3 Phases of Shop Floor Control
Mastering the shop floor control process is a key concern for plants and other production facilities. Shop floor control operates in three distinct phases:...
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Why Digital Manufacturing Dashboards Matter for Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 is all about tracking rapid real-world changes and using them to improve the productivity and profitability of your factory. Naturally, data i...
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Real-Time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) in Modern Manufacturing
Simplifying the way manufacturers aggregate, analyze, and act Industry 4.0 has changed the face of manufacturing, forcing manufacturers worldwide to recogn...
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Best Practices for Cloud-Based Manufacturing Software
Choosing the right manufacturing software is a key concern for plants during their transition to Industry 4.0. Without the right tools to support them duri...
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Predictive Analytics in Manufacturing Use Cases & Benefits
Manufacturing can be chaotic. From unexpected machine breakdowns to materials that suddenly cost more than budgeted for, it’s easy for production to ...
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The Importance of Real-time Data for the Packaging Industry
Packaging manufacturers manage time-sensitive issues every day and must adapt their operations quickly to meet consumer demands. Real-time data and analyti...
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How to Improve Internal Communication on The Shop Floor
Every manufacturing facility depends on good communication in order to survive and thrive. A study by Forrester Consulting revealed that senior production ...
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How to Choose Production Management Software for Plastics Manufacturers
The global plastics market is expected to reach a valuation of $750.1 billion USD by 2028 and plastics manufacturers have a golden opportunity. However, th...
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Why Your Factory Needs Shop Floor Control Software
Maximizing production is the ultimate goal of any manufacturer. Manufacturing shop floor control software can help you to achieve that goal. By shedding li...
The Importance of Real-Time Manufacturing Analytics in Achieving OEE
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The Importance of Real-Time Manufacturing Analytics in Achieving OEE
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud, and AI are all transforming manufacturing for the better.
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How to Choose Real-Time Manufacturing Tracking Software
Manufacturing is never a completely smooth process. Dealing with unexpected events is an integral part of running a successful production facility. Product...
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How to Improve OEE in Manufacturing Industry
If you want your manufacturing facility to run smoothly and profitably, you need to know your overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) score. This number reve...
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MOM vs. MES: What’s the Difference?
The manufacturing industry has long debated the difference between the terms MOM and MES. Some people think the two are essentially the same and can be use...
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How Matics Helps Maintain Factory Efficiency in a Crisis through Remote Management
The need to rethink crisis management and streamline remote-work for all industries was rapidly accelerated due to the 2020 global Covid crisis. Today, as ...
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5 Quality Metrics to Track for Manufacturers That Drive Higher Manufacturing Quality
Insufficient quality control can create huge losses for manufacturers. The cost of poor quality is estimated to range between 5%-30% of gross sales for mos...
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OEE Value: How to Calculate the Financial Impact of OEE?
OEE is a well-known manufacturing KPI that measures the total efficiency of a production plant, but it can also be reframed as a potent financial indicator...
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Remotely Manage Factory Operations With Remote Monitoring Technology
Recent turmoil in the global supply chain has revealed just how fragile factory operations can be. 94% of Fortune 1000 companies experienced some sort of s...
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What Makes Data Insights Actionable in Manufacturing Operations?
The market for production monitoring software is expected to reach $6.4 billion by 2023, indicating significant demand for the data these tools provide. Ho...
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How to Build a Dynamic Manufacturing Dashboard
Because of its critical role in disseminating information amongst the team, the dashboard is perhaps the most important element of shop floor control softw...
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The Industry 4.0 Maturity Index: 6 Levels Toward Digital Transformation
Each year, as technology advances, the manufacturing industry gains new and exciting opportunities. Industry 4.0 is perhaps the most promising among curren...
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3 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Quality Control
The term quality control refers to any measures that are taken to ensure that the products made in a particular facility are free of defects. Given the hig...
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CNC Production Monitoring: What Is It and How to Improve Efficiency?
Increasing automation has made CNC machining a highly productive and profitable business, driving a projected annual growth rate of 5.5% between 2019 and 2...
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Manufacturing Industry’s Real Enemy: Why Time Is The Biggest Threat You Need To Worry About
Whether political turbulence, economic challenges, or biological threats, we live in a world that is increasingly less predictable and where volatility, un...
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Best Practices in Mold Maintenance & Mold Monitoring
Molds are critical to cost-effective scalable manufacturing, but they come with a high price tag: a complex, high-quality mold for use in the plastics indu...
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Best Ways to Successfully Reduce Manufacturing Giveaway
The food industry is notorious for having high levels of giveaway in its manufacturing processes despite its lower-than-average profit margins. Reducing pr...
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Leverage OEE with Real-time Data: Here Are The Things You Need to Know
Overall Equipment Effectiveness or OEE is arguably the most important metric in the manufacturing industry. This single stat tells you exactly how well you...
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Using MES to Help With Energy Management Decision Making
The average American manufacturing facility uses 95.1 kWh of energy per square foot each year, and facilities in other countries aren’t far behind. The s...
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Real-time Material Management for Waste Reduction in the Plastic Industry
One of the great challenges in production management is figuring out how to reduce waste in manufacturing. Even if you think your facility is doing well on...
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Are Digital Transformation and Remote Manufacturing Management Achievable During COVID-19?
The COVID-19 quarantine has forced businesses everywhere to shift to remote operations and drastically re-evaluate the scale of their operations for the im...
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7 Ways to Improve Manufacturing Efficiency during Coronavirus
It’s official – coronavirus is here, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Countries all over the world are asking their citizens to make...
Cloud-Based MES vs. On-Premise MES
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Cloud-Based MES vs. On-Premise MES
In the past, manufacturers had huge concerns about using cloud-based MES systems. The cloud was evolving quickly, with hundreds of new providers entering t...
The Factory-Floor Side of Smart Digital Transformation
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The Factory-Floor Side of Smart Digital Transformation
The Factory-Floor Side of Smart Digital Transformation For the past decade, the manufacturing world has been shaping itself slowly but surely into another ...
5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You about Energy Consumption
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5 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You about Energy Consumption
The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. Under the Direc...
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Matics 1.9
We are Pleased to announce the release of version 1.9 of Matics The latest and exciting version of Matics offers tools to the entire factory team, prov...
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I have ERP implemented in our factory, so why do I need MES?
I have been conducting implementation and support for projects implementing our out-of-the-box MES system, Matics, and I often find that MES and ERP roles ...

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