Manufacturing, cyber security and connected factories: benefits vs risks

As another high-profile cyber-attack makes the news, many of us guiltily breathe a quick sigh of relief that it’s not us.

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Optimising stock allocation and dispatching: from smart planning to delivery

Most of us know the frustration of going to the supermarket and finding the exact ingredient you need is out of stock.

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Where do operators fit with current manufacturing technology trends?

Encouraging the adoption of technology to improve outputs, quality and efficiencies often bring with it questions of where operators fit in current manufacturing technology trends.

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3 Powerful benefits gained from customer-centric manufacturing

Food and beverage manufacturing operations are facing greater competition on a global scale, along with changing customer preferences.

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Manufacturing and cybersecurity: Best practices for secure systems

The interconnectivity of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is formidable. So many components seamlessly working together produce a bounty of positive outcomes for a company. Making better business decisions, uncovering inefficiencies and being proactive in mitigating risk are just a few of the benefits it brings.

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How open-source historians pave the way for improved production outcomes

Every process manufacturer knows, it takes a lot of data to feel like you’ve got a grasp on the production outcomes at your operation. That means for plant-based analytics past, present, and future, what’s become essential is flexible and reliable time-series data storage.

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Minimising supply chain planning risk: maintaining a buffer with safety stock

Determining appropriate inventory levels is one of the most important and most challenging tasks faced by supply chain managers. If you carry too much inventory, you tie up money in working capital and risk writing off perishable goods; if you don’t carry enough inventory, you face stockouts.

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Practical ways IIoT can improve asset utilisation in manufacturing

There’s a lot of talk about Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But how do manufacturers turn the buzzword into a real business advantage? By using the data-based technology to improve asset utilisation.

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Artificial intelligence is changing food and beverage manufacturing

Manufacturing high-quality products at minimum cost is the goal for most companies. Industry 4.0 initiatives promise to get us closer to this dream than ever before. Despite being in varying stages of implementing a digital strategy and digitising operations, many in the manufacturing industry are seeing the huge opportunities these initiatives offer. One of the most talked about initiatives is artificial intelligence (AI).

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3 Quality management challenges solved with automated workflows

As supply chains become complex and food and beverage manufacturers expand into new markets, the quality management process becomes more challenging.

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