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:
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:
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