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Smart manufacturing at the center of the fourth industrial revolution

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In the fourth industrial revolution (also known as Industry 4.0), smart factories will be able to reconfigure themselves in response to changes in demand; industrial scale USB ports will control thousands of sensors and computer-enabled devices in a plant, enabling them to change to different tasks and modules in an instant. This is the vision of Professor Detlef Zühlke at …

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Software as glue – connecting smart technology with manufacturing

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“There’s a new era of manufacturing,” General Electric’s President of Transportation Jamie Miller told an audience of manufacturers at a major industry conference in Chicago in May. “The Industrial Internet isn’t just a probability, it’s really here today,” said Miller at MESA 2016. Additive 3D printing, lean and virtual manufacturing, sensor-based technologies and supply chain optimization are revolutionizing GE’s operations, …

System Modernization Offers Manufacturers an Opportunity for Process Improvement

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Legacy system modernization is a big trend in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturers are beginning to realize their fragmented labeling processes and IT systems leave them ill-equipped to compete in today’s dynamic, global environment. Many are now planning big changes to modernize their labeling systems and processes in order to achieve greater agility. When manufacturing companies undergo modernization efforts they tend to …

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Process Optimization – the NiceLabel Solution

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Process Optimization – the NiceLabel Solution Lower costs, greater responsiveness, more efficient compliance, easier data management…the list of advantages that NiceLabel offers its customers takes Lee Patty, Vice President and General Manager for the Americas, a while to get through. “The main thing we offer is process improvement,” says Patty from his base in Wisconsin. “We take a consultative approach, …

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Krka gets SMART

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In search of world class efficiency performance, leading European pharma company Krka recognized that its international expansion ambitions depended upon having the best data management technology. Label data management was a crucial part of Krka’s operations and with thousands of products distributed to at least 70 countries worldwide, labeling had become a challenge for the company. The company’s label catalog …

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It’s War! Smart Manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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We are at the beginning of a manufacturing arms race. The European Commission recently announced a €2 billion investment into ‘Factories of the Future’. President Obama earmarked US$1 billion for a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes across the US. At stake is a huge portion of global trade. Figures suggest that 30 per cent of US imports from China …