How to Prepare Now for the Industrial Internet of Things

Becoming the Factory of the Future: How to Prepare Now for the Industrial Internet of Things

The Internet is the prevailing medium of digital communication worldwide. However, the concept of using instant, pervasive, and globally connected data over the Internet for the benefit of industrial manufacturing is still in its theoretical stages, with few Internet-friendly industrial technologies actually available in the market to put the concept into practice. Despite this, it is speculated that in less than 10 years, the factories of today will learn to harness the power of the Internet not only to connect devices across the factory floor, but also to push and pull meaningful data via the World Wide Web. For factories of the present, the ability to compete in tomorrow’s economy hinges on their ability to integrate with this Industrial Internet of Things. This white paper offers a look into the factory of the future and presents fundamental steps that every manufacturer should take now to prepare for seamless integration when the Internet reaches the factory:

How to Reduce Waste while Ensuring Product Data Compliance

Three-Step Verification for Lean Product Labeling

Product traceability is a growing concern in industries from medical device manufacturing to consumer packaged goods. It is no longer suffi cient for a manufacturer to produce high-quality products to ensure good standing with their customers and avoid rejects, fi nes, or recalls. Today, these costs are regularly incurred by the simple absence, inaccuracy, or illegibility of product data. Label verifi cation systems can be implemented to safe-guard against these issues, but even misuse or misplacement of a verifi cation system can cause loss in time and materials within internal operations. A systematic approach to label verifi cation should be observed for the leanest labeling processes, with verification implemented at three critical steps during manufacturing:

Machine vision technology ensures product quality and traceability at Del Monte Foods

With its products found in the cupboards and pantries of 8 out of every 10 homes in the U.S., Del Monte Foods is a household name in the U.S. and throughout the world. Known as a producer and distributor of high quality fruits and vegetables, it comes as no surprise that Del Monte is a company that takes quality seriously

Understanding the Role of Auto ID in the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) Initiative

The UDI (Unique Device Identification) program is an initiative from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The goal is to improve the nation’s health by standardizing the marking on medical devices so that all of those involved in their production, distribution, stocking, and usage can readily identify the device in question and get reliable access to critical data concerning its use and history.

All-in-one automated printing and inspection solution ensures traceability throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain

Boehringer Ingelheim is a group of companies dedicated to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine. It is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Boehringer Ingelheim was founded in Ingelheim am Rhein (Germany) in 1885, where the corporate headquarters are still located.

Machine Vision System Detects Defective Parts for Precision Stampings Supplier

Jiaxing Hexin Precision Stamping Technology Co., Ltd., based south of Shanghai in China’s Zhejiang province, specializes in the manufacture of precision stamped components, including parts for consumer electronics, pneumatic tools, cutting tools, and automotive and general industrial parts. Continually focused on elevating its product quality to meet the most stringent customer quality requirements, Hexin is poised to become a premier supplier of precision stampings in Asia and throughout the world. The Challenge Dimensional measurement is an essential step in the manufacture of Hexin’s stamped parts in order to ensure that each workpiece meets required tolerances. Traditionally, this has been done with a contact measurement device such as a micrometer or other manual measuring tool. However, as customer requirements for part accuracy and production capacity increase, these manual inspection methods become problematic, resulting in low efficiency and high labor intensity. To address the demands of the growing ..

Understanding Machine Vision Verification of 1D/2D Barcodes

Legible, accurate barcodes have never been more important than they are today, when automated supply chains depend on data accuracy to ensure the reliable performance of global operations. Machine vision verification is one tool that can be used to ensure that barcodes meet a consistent level of quality for readability in an automated process, and that bad codes are identified before they result in costly failures. This white paper introduces 1D and 2D barcode verification and identifies parameters for verifying codes against published standards.