Blogs & Insights

How can manufacturing develop a data-driven culture?

Smart factories are an opportunity to create new forms of efficiency and flexibility by connecting devices, systems, processes, and stakeholders to optimize current and future supply and demand requirements. This is accomplished by transforming and improving ways in which people, processes and technologies operate to deliver…

May 1, 2019

True OEE

OEE, or Overall Equipment Effectiveness, is a commonly used metric to measure shop floor performance. OEE is a composite metric that combines the availability, quality, and performance, and can be calculated for a device, line, or even for a part. The OEE metric can support…

April 4, 2019

CAM Integration

The “Digital Thread” identifies the flow of information across the lifecycle of design and manufacturing, going beyond information simply flowing from design to manufacturing, to true bi-directional communication across design and manufacturing. Implementing the Digital Thread in a manufacturing enterprise can radically increase the velocity…

December 27, 2018

Distributed Maintenance, Repair, and Operations

The goal of any maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) organization is to get products back in the hands of the customer as quickly and cheaply as possible. However, it’s never easy. Nobody can accurately predict when equipment will fail, (failure prediction is the subject of…

December 7, 2018

On-Demand, Distributed Manufacturing Blog

A supply chain is a complicated system to manage from both the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) perspective and the tiered supplier perspective. OEMs require on-time delivery of quality parts for assembly. Suppliers are looking for a predictable schedule and demand, as well as needing on-time…

October 31, 2018

Learnings from the ‘Digital Transformation: Gaining a Competitive Edge with Data and Diversity’ Conference during IMTS 2018

The digital transformation is here. Manufacturing leaders are driving value through data-driven business decisions and enabling the digital ecosystem by optimizing and automating processes from design to delivery. During this panel discussion the participants shared tips and tricks on leveraging data and digital technology to…

October 23, 2018

Making Additive Manufacturing Work

Most people are unaware; Additive Manufacturing has been around for a long time, over thirty years to be exact. Historically it has been relegated to prototyping and product development, only in the last ten years have we seen a surge in the applicability of additive…

August 29, 2018

Integrating MES and CMMS Systems with Manufacturing Analytics

Operating manufacturing plants at full capacity requires coordinated decision-making across the different functions in the plant, chief among which are maintenance and production. This requires a single-source-of-truth for decision-making – centralized data collection and analytics to support production as well as maintenance decisions. This includes…

August 22, 2018

Improve Maintenance Strategies with Analytics

Manufacturers face tough decisions that impact their ability to grow their business and increase profits because of unexpected disruptions in production due to equipment failures. A critical requirement is finding an optimal strategy to keep their equipment in peak condition for maximum asset availability while…

August 16, 2018

The Digital Transformation is Improving Productivity and Agility

Digitizing the process from order entry and design, to manufacturing the product relies on standards-based information models that provide the framework for data exchange and the integration of IT and OT systems. Thought leaders in digital manufacturing transformation, from PARC, ITAMCO, MTConnect Institute, and VIMANA,…

December 4, 2017

IIC Whitepaper – Industrial Analytics: The Engine Driving the IIoT Revolution

IIoT thought leaders, William Sobel from VIMANA (fka Systems Insights), Eric Harper from ABB, Wael Diab from Huawei, and Shi Wan Lin from ThingsWise, all members of the Industrial Internet Consortium, co-authored a whitepaper that reviews Industrial Analytics: The Engine Driving the IIoT Revolution that…

November 2, 2017

Use-based maintenance beats alternatives hands down

By William Sobel, Chief Strategy Officer, VIMANA Unplanned downtime and production loss due to equipment failure is one of the leading losses for manufacturers. Most shops perform maintenance on a fixed schedule or on failure. This means a machine will be maintained regardless of how…

August 16, 2017