2019

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Bottled Better: Coca-Cola’s Connected Factory approach

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

When the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States recently increased their number of production centers from 5 to 13 (through acquisition) they knew that getting them to work together would be a challenge. With issues around proprietary infrastructure, an explosion of data, and the age old issue of IT vs. OT, integration had to start off solid.

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Demand forecasting for retailers: the benefits of AI

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Arnaud Gauthier, President & Chief Customer Officer, EMEA at Symphony RetailAI The ability to quickly and accurately anticipate demand is essential for those who want to remain competitive in the retail industry, where even the slightest variation in production volume, distribution networks, or just the weather can have an immense impact on turnover.

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Leo and Topics

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Leo lets you track specific topics, companies, and keywords in your feeds. Broad business and tech publications produce hundreds of articles per week. Not all those articles are relevant to the topics, companies, or products you care about. Manually filtering out the noise can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Relevance is a problem we are very passionate about.

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Simplify Robot Programming with G-code

Universal Robots

Many of our customers have expressed a strong interest in using our cobots to automate process applications, such as dispensing, gluing, deburring, polishing, sewing, etc. You spoke, and we listened. We first added the Remote TCP (tool center point) feature in Polyscope 5.4, which enables our robots to move at a constant speed.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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What You Need to Know About Hot Runner Systems and How to Optimize Their Performance

Mold Making Technology

Hot runner systems involve hot halves/manifolds, nozzles, gates and temperature controllers whose design and maintenance are critical for optimal cycle time, final part quality, long mold life and minimal maintenance. A hot runner maintenance program should involve purchasing, processing and preventive maintenance training. Source (All Images) | MMT Hands-on learning is without a doubt an effective addition to classroom curricula when it comes to learning about almost anything.

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Quantum Computing in Manufacturing

ATS

Share Innovation is essential for sustained success in manufacturing. This means looking at new and emerging technologies to determine how, if at all, they can help boost efficiency and profitability and enable production of new products. One of these emerging technologies is quantum computing. A big advance over classical, binary computing, this offers the prospect of solving hitherto insoluble problems.

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Trimantec is ISO 9001:2015 QMS Certified

Trimantec

Winston-Salem, N.C., August 27, 2019—Trimantec, a specialist in providing manufacturing solutions, announces they are ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) certified. Trimantec’s Engineered Solutions and Electromechanical Manufacturing groups underwent the validation process and were awarded the ISO 9001:2015 QMS certification based on the following scope: design, manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly of electromechanical and machined components.

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Realizing Industry 4.0

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Written by Carlos Rojas, Global Industry Solutions Leader, Cisco Systems, Inc. What is Industry 4.0? Although many demands on manufacturers drive the need for change (increased customer preferences, improved methods of product access, new delivery and consumption models, and of course the neverending desire to have higher value for one’s spend), the one constant behind all changes in manufacturing processes, technologies and operations, is the pursuit of continuous improvement.

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5 ways chatbots can help drive sales

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Conversational interfaces are revolutionising sales by offering customers 24/7 product information - boosting customer acquisition, conversion and retention.

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Sound of success - WMS/Voice Picking Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of voice-directed picking systems – including those concerning augmented reality, the rise of e-commerce and the emergence of blockchain.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Digital deliveries

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Mattan David, Supply Chain and IoT Director, Polymer Logistics. Sensor-equipped pallets and roll cages can provide highly accurate location, temperature and humidity data, meaning that products reach retailers at the right time and in perfect condition. Polymer Logistics explains how these Internet of Things-enabled technologies are creating the smarter supply chains of tomorrow.

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One in three retail workers holding out for redundancy before switching careers

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

34% of retail workers in the UK are waiting to be made redundant before switching careers, according to a survey released by professional training provider Learning People.

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Bringing digital fluidity to bricks-and-mortar retail

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Derrick Harris, Principal Product Marketing Manager, Pivotal Software Inc. Boarded up windows, closing-down sales and a huge growth in e-commerce retail has seen the UK’s high streets continue to suffer in recent years.

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Innovation key to creating successful global supply chains

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Budding managers can learn how to successfully lead supply chains of the future by creating cultures of innovation and adopting latest technologies, in all sectors of their organisation. This is one of many areas covered in the University of London’s latest degree programme, the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics.

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5 Ways CMMS Software Transformed Broderick's Manufacturing Plant: A Case Study

Discover how CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) transformed and revitalized Broderick's manufacturing plant in 5 productive ways. Before the CMMS, the plant faced challenges such as reactive maintenance due to staff shortages, inefficient inventory management, and poor team communication. With the CMMS, the plant experienced increased equipment uptime, streamlined maintenance processes, enhanced inventory management, improved communication, and better decision-making through real-

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Leo and Mute Filters

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

We’ve built a new Leo skill called Mute Filters to let you cancel the noise in your feeds. Some of the sources you follow in Feedly are broader than the topics and trends you care about. That additional noise can add up and become overwhelming or result in you wasting precious time. In this article, we’ll show you how to use Leo mute filters to mute keywords, companies, people, topics, authors, sites, and more.

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Digitalised data is sustaining the supply chain, says luxury packaging provider

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

From fragmented thinking, to out of date infrastructures and poor processes, there is a long list of reasons why supply chains can become unsustainable. But, according to a luxury packaging provider, digitalised data is set to transform the industry in a big way.

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How To Make Your Supply Chain More Efficient

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

by James Daniels, freelance writer. There are multiple benefits to creating a more efficient supply chain in your business, you’ll be able to cut unnecessary costs from your spending and respond more quickly to market changes, supply irregularities and fluctuating demand.

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The best things come in small packages for retail SMEs

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Matthew Robertson, Co-CEO, NetDespatch. “Britain is a nation of shopkeepers,” is the famous phrase coined by economist Adam Smith to explain the desire of a commercial nation to secure ever-expanding markets for its wares.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Leo understands funding events, product launches, and partnership announcements

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Easily track key business events like funding events, product launches, or partnerships. Industries are changing at a faster pace than ever. Keeping up with new threats and opportunities can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Today, we’re excited to announce a new Leo skill that lets you easily track key business events like funding events, product launches, or partnerships.

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Hey Google, Talk to Feedly

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Have you ever wished Google Assistant could read you the articles in your Feedly? Now it can. Nick Felker has created a Google Assistant Action that integrates Google Assistant and Feedly. Thanks to the Feedly action, Google Assistant can list the headlines in your feeds, read specific articles, and even save articles into boards for later access. We are looking for fifty users to test drive the beta experience and provide Nick feedback on what works and what could be improved.

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AI and machine learning in the warehouse

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Following Manhattan Associates’ recent EMEA Exchange conference in Barcelona, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s UK managing director, Craig Summers, about the current state of play within omnichannel retail and how it is now more important than ever for retailers and warehouse professionals to be able to serve both brick and mortar and direct-to-customer delivery models equally efficiently.

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Premium Fonts

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Feedly Labs has been a really interesting experience for us because it has helped us get a deeper understanding of who the Feedly community is and how we can better serve you going forward. One of the insights we learned last fall is that the community seems to care deeply about typography. Conversation with the Lab community about fonts. ITC Charter vs Merriweather.

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Modernizing MES: A Guide for Complex Manufacturers Adapting to Industry 4.0

As engineers push the boundaries of innovation with groundbreaking hardware products, their success depends largely on the speed and efficiency of production. The challenge? Manual processes and disparate systems lead to multiple versions of documents, incomplete records, and duplicated work, creating a chaotic system of records that is difficult to manage.

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Leo and Summarization

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Reading through a large number of articles every day can be time-consuming, especially if those articles are long. Helping you save time is a problem we are very passionate about, so we are excited to release today a new Leo skill called Summarization. We have taught Leo to read and summarize the articles in your feeds so that you can more efficiently scan through articles and determine which ones are relevant.

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Men are spending more on the high street than ever before - new research from the Fashion Retail Academy

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Better clothing designs for men, more styling options and an improved shopping experience are all helping to drive men’s fashion sales, according to research from the Fashion Retail Academy.

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European Commission launches Evolve Project to tackle big data processing

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Evolve is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

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Are robots finally getting a good reputation? Advanced report reveals workers’ growing appetite for disruptive technology

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

A new report from Advanced, one of the UK’s largest software and services providers, has revealed workers’ increasing hunger for innovation to improve the way they work. Findings from its Annual Trends Survey for 2019-20 show that disruptive tools are fast earning their spot as must-have tools in the day-to-day workplace.

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.

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TrueCommerce recognised as a Leader in IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Multi-Enterprise Supply Chain Commerce Network

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity, integration and unified commerce solutions, has announced it was positioned in the Leaders category of the IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Multi-Enterprise Supply Chain Commerce Network report.

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The four trends that will position procurement as the driver of organisational change

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Alex Saric, Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua. We are heading into an uncertain year. Whether it’s the increasing complexity of the supply chain in the face of globalisation, the race to discover and deploy the latest emerging technologies or the impact of Brexit on the supply and movement of goods – organisations need to be able to overcome the challenges ahead and keep everything running smoothly.

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Exertis announces intention to acquire COMM-TEC GmbH

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

DCC Technology trading as Exertis1, the route-to-market and supply chain partner for global technology brands across consumer, business and enterprise, has announced the acquisition of COMM-TEC GmbH2, the supplier of Pro AV solutions to resellers and systems integrators across Europe.

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Deduplication Skill – Leo

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Leo can detect that multiple articles are near exact duplicates of each other and cut the noise from your feeds. It’s frustrating to be skimming through your feeds and run into duplicat e articles. This happens, for example, when you have overlapping keyword alerts where two different keywords exist in the same article. It also happens when some sources publish the same articles into different RSS feeds.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.