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Manufacturing Research Notes

Short, tailored research notes aimed at providing you with timely insights, relevant to your industry. Hot off the press, these notes will be published regularly and pair great with your morning coffee.

Employees Are the New Target for Hackers Looking to Steal IP from the Manufacturing Sector

Date published:

October 13, 2017

Author

  • Ian Mulholland

Intellectual property theft in the manufacturing industry is a devastating reality all over the world. With organizations continuing to implement increasingly effective security controls to keep hackers from breaking in, hackers have opted to go after a commonly unprotected vector: the end user. A lack of security awareness and training, in addition to poor identity and access management for employees, can create easy targets for hackers to manipulate.

A Culture of Innovation in Manufacturing

Date published:

September 22, 2017

Author

  • John Burwash

Innovation and digital adoption seem to be on the mind of many business leaders these days. In the past few weeks, I have talked with several CIOs and CEOs about evolving digital trends in the manufacturing industry as well as how they can foster a culture of innovation within their companies. This desire, or need, to be more innovative can be driven by a multitude of factors: change in leadership, competitive pressure, shrinking market, new technologies, survival, etc. Many, however, underestimate the magnitude of what this means to an organization, and most don’t know where to start.

Seeing Is Believing: Advances in Automated Image Recognition

Date published:

September 22, 2017

Author

  • John Burwash

Humans are acknowledged as having exceptional visual abilities and associated cognitive skills which, until only recently, could outperform computers as their error rate exceeded ours. That is the case no more; improved optical systems, artificial intelligence, enhanced algorithms, and vast amounts of data that IoT can provide have powered computers to do a better job at identification and perform much more quickly.

Continuous Improvement May Not Be Good Enough

Date published:

September 7, 2017

Author

  • Andy Woyzbun

The idea of continuous improvement in application enhancement, rather than the periodic deployment of major changes, is gaining much support. This is a particularly attractive approach during periods of rapid and uncertain change in organizational direction and especially if the organization has adopted a continuous improvement philosophy. However, continuous improvement is often insufficient to achieve significant organizational impact. Organizations should continue to implement major disruptive change effectively along with continuous improvement and not depend solely on the latter.

Do Not Pass Go…Before Setting Yourself up for ERP Project Success

Date published:

August 17, 2017

Author

  • John Burwash

ERP projects are difficult. There is no point in sugar-coating it or spinning it any other way. They are complex in scope and structure, touch numerous parts of an organization, can span multiple locations and geographies, carry a high profile across an organization, and can create real bottom-line damage when they go wrong. Google “ERP Failure” and you’ll be staring down the barrel of over one million results; not a confidence booster if delivering the project is your responsibility and life’s focus for the next year or more.

Can Your Organization Afford Phones That Crash When Dialing 911? A Lesson in Prioritizing Requirements

Date published:

August 2, 2017

Authors

  • David Lee

  • Brad Wells

Capture must-have requirements early through best practices in requirements gathering, which you can adapt no matter what project management methodology you use.

Containers and the “End” of Server Virtualization

Date published:

August 2, 2017

Author

  • John Sloan

Just as hypervisors and server virtualization appear triumphant in the data center, you may be hearing that virtual machines (VMs) will give way to containers. But the death of virtualization is somewhat exaggerated. This is not an end but merely the next chapter.

Going Paperless: Reduce Paper in the Manufacturing Process With Simple Innovations

Date published:

June 19, 2017

Authors

  • Ilia Maor

  • Ryan Smith

There is an undeniable opportunity to reduce (if not eliminate) paper throughout the plan-to-produce process by extending technology onto the plant floor.

Building Key Enablers in Real-Time Data Integration for Industry 4.0

Date published:

June 9, 2017

Author

  • Brian King

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is on its way, and with it comes seamless, rapid integration of data required for enhanced efficiency and agility of the competitive manufacturing environment. This note provides an overview of the problems in the current data integration landscape and presents a practical means to be the next revolutionary manufacturer through real-time data integration (RT DI).

Enable Your Manufacturing Crystal Ball

Date published:

May 19, 2017

Author

  • John Burwash

Manufacturing is big business and must run very lean with minimal inventories and a high demand for uptime. Ensuring that equipment keeps running, and determining when it might fail, has always been a challenge, but with the evolution of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and embedded sensors, the crystal ball is being replaced. The immense amount of data collected, shared, and processed in real time and focused on predicting the future is the industry’s new steam engine.

The NAS Is Back and It Is Bigger Than Ever

Date published:

May 19, 2017

Author

  • John Sloan

Network attached file storage has been around for decades but it is having a renaissance with scale-out and software-defined technologies. In spite of a range of disruptive storage technologies, organizations continue to need ever bigger file storage buckets and NAS can fill the need.

Modernized Backup Begins in 3, 2, 1

Date published:

May 19, 2017

Author

  • John Sloan

Options abound for modernizing data backup – from disk to cloud to virtualization. But though the functional pieces of the puzzle are changing, their basic role has not. It still begins and ends with the three, two, one rule.

3D Print Success in Manufacturing

Date published:

May 19, 2017

Author

  • Viktor Popov

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) can benefit companies that need to produce low-volume batches or reduce the number of components in a part; those use cases continue to grow as the technology is further refined. Recent trends in product personalization demand will see to it that this manufacturing method becomes a staple at many companies.