ERP, MES, WMS, APS… WHY THE ISA-95 STANDARD?

29.5.2017

Internet of Things (IoT) and digitization are today’s hot topics.  In practice, they more or less refer to the same thing. Intelligent, networked products and services require a new type of multi-layered technology infrastructure. IoT does not run on a single technology or platform; it covers a vast array of technologies. IoT allows things that […]

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MANUFACTURING DIGITIZATION AND AUTOMATION – INDUSTRY 4.0

It was apparent at the CeMAT fair in Germany in the fall how actively Industry 4.0 is discussed internationally. Its benefits are seen as highly significant and a lot of investments are being made in it. Industry 4.0 is a vision on how manufacturing in the future will be more customer-oriented, automated, flexible and faster. […]

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MANUFACTURING MATERIAL FLOWS – INDUSTRY 4.0

According to different Industry. 4.0 visions, the factory of the future is able to both mass-produce customized products and create individual, customized products.  This is accomplished in synergic cooperation between automation and people. Quickly, without errors and of course cost-efficiently. In addition, the growing and more time-sensitive growth requirements must be considered while doing so. […]

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WHAT SEPARATES ONE CONSULTANT FROM ANOTHER?

The wording in the heading is representative of what many think of consultants. However, the motivation for this piece came from the following statement: “I had a fear of consultants, but it was spontaneously cured.” A few days later, a consultant I know said that he didn’t dare send a customer an invoice, as they […]

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Quality: Ikea vs. Finnish machinery manufacturer

You have likely had the questionable pleasure of shopping for furniture at Ikea. I bought a dresser for my son Juha at Ikea. When assembling it, I was reflecting on the discussions we had at work the past week on the logistic performance of manufacturers. Sure, Ikea has massive volumes when compared to a Finnish […]

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