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Survey Opportunity – Reduce Wasted Engineering Time

Tech-Clarity is trying to find out how manufacturers increase engineering efficiency and reduce wasted time in engineering through better design data management and the cloud. We invite you to take about 10 minutes to fill out our short survey. As a thank you, we’ll send you a copy of the report summarizing the findings.  In…

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Optimizing and What-if Scenario Planning: What’s Working, What’s New

In this time of uncertainty and new technologies, is it time to re-evaluate how we explore and fine-tune our supply chain forecasts, schedules, and plans? For decades, optimization and what-if planning have been in place in manufacturing supply chains. We’ll discuss new possible approaches and what we have seen working. Are traditional algorithmic and simulation…

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GE Proficy 2024: Expanding on IT, OT, Sustainability, and Operations Scale and Ease

Making plant floor software more straightforward to use, rollout, maintain, and sustain is a worthy endeavor. The fourth annual release of the GE Digital Proficy portfolio as an integrated release was packed! Updates range from expanding industry fit to architecture for enterprise rollout, cloud everywhere, composability, consistency for connected workers, sustainability functionality, and pre-built analytics…

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Denodo Delivers Data Fabric Value via Data Virtualization

Julie Fraser and I were introduced to Denodo through a connection made in the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International Smart Manufacturing Community. Denodo is a large, fast-growing data management company with capabilities supporting enterprise data fabric and data integration. We spent some time with the Denodo team, learning about their solution for data virtualization…

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PDTec offers Manufacturers Innovation through Integration

I caught up with an old friend who has an exciting new role as Executive Board Member and Co-Owner of PDTec, a company that I am excited to get to know better. The company offers a series of composable apps based on their data management platform, ice. NET. I love their tagline “innovation through integration”…

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Reflections on AI, PLM, and more from Autodesk University

2023 is in the rearview mirror and I’m reflecting on a few things that Michelle Boucher and I learned and what they mean for our industry. Here are some takeaways from Autodesk University 2023, including AI and PLM strategy updates, that will have a big impact on the industry. This is only a small portion…

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IndustryApps Industrial Dataspace and Ecosystem Aims to Democratize Industry 4.0

What is holding companies back from Industry 4.0 project and initiative success? A few things: integration for data flows, speed to deploy software consistently to multiple sites for scalability, disconnects between corporate IT mandates and in-the-plant needs, and projects that don’t fit the budget of smaller plants and companies. Recently, Jim Brown and Julie Fraser…

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The Value of the Manufacturing Digital Twin in CPG

Introduction I had the opportunity to join two industry experts, Stephen Birtsas and Leo Moran of Kalypso, in an interactive panel discussion about the manufacturing digital twin. Our goal was to examine the business value of manufacturing digital twins in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry and review some tangible examples of successful implementations.  There’s a…

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MBE in Action Complex Discrete Manufacturing Experts Panel

How can you get on the journey to a model-based enterprise? What are we learning that you can put into action today? Mark your calendars for January 17th at 11AM PT/2PM ET to join us for an engaging webinar covering topics such as: Why transform? What are the biggest benefits as a manufacturer moves toward…

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Ongoing Value from MES as a Semiconductor Company Evolves and Innovates

Semiconductor makers must evolve and innovate, so how can MES keep delivering value? Specialty chips can be great niches, but they don’t necessarily improve linearly or predictably. So, semiconductor companies must become more effective innovators rather than only seeking stability or increased product processing speed. Changing products, processes, and customers can boost win rates. No…

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Getting the Most from CAD

How can you get the most from CAD? What do you or your team need in a CAD solution? What would make your job easier? What are your thoughts on AI in CAD? If you have switched CAD tools before, what advice do you have? We are researching questions like this in our latest CAD…

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The Semiconductor Risk Conundrum: MES Status Quo or Migration?

When can an early technology decision create a risk conundrum? When you’re a semiconductor company that implemented MES a decade ago or more. You now face the decision of whether to stick with an outdated legacy system or migrate to current MES. Julie Fraser explores this risk conundrum in her second of three guest blog…

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BrightFire Aims to Operationalize Innovation Portfolios for Smaller Companies

What’s new and interesting in the product portfolio management (PPM) market? I caught up with Bryan Seyforth’s new company, BrightFire, to find out. What I learned is that he’s planning to make PPM more accessible for smaller companies. This is early, but something to watch. PPM Leader Starting Fresh I was excited to catch up…

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Propel Transitions Leadership, Continues Delivering on PVM Strategy

A lot has happened since I last wrote about Propel and their Product Value Management strategy. Several significant updates are their continued progress toward their vision, very successful Propulsion and Dreamforce conferences, and a carefully executed shift in executive leadership.  Delivering on PVM Let’s start with vision. The goal of PVM, in a nutshell, is to…

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