Ideas for Connected Industry

Discussions about innovative, high-performance technology solutions for industryDD

Don’t Over Face the Operators

A couple of weeks ago, I paid a site visit to a cosmetics company that’s deploying a Proficy shop floor recipe system for their manual batch production. This company has promoted some of their operators to system “champions" on the shop floor. They act as support for the shift operators, which is a best practice I highly recommend to anyone deploying a system that requires a technology shift for the users. I asked one of the "champions” how...

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Quality vs Quantity: Why Faster Is Not Always Better

Many companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry have manual tasks, as part of their primary batching process, that can cause quality issues due to human error. A number of these companies are now adopting software solutions, such as our Proficy Workflow, to digitize the process and drive consistency and repeatability through electronic work instructions. They use this either to control and guide the primary manufacturing, or to...

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Impact of Manufacturing OpEx programs on the Supply Chain

Over the past few months I have been developing a white paper (available in early 2013) focused on developing a business plan for integrating manufacturing and the supply chain. I have always believed passionately in the value in doing this, and have a high level understanding of the financial impact gleaned from some of the thought-leading manufacturers that have used Proficy to do it. As part of my research for the paper I took a deep dive...

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All in the Community

As I walked the packed halls of PackExpo 2012 in Chicago’s McCormick Place with a colleague, she asked me a very insightful question. “So, Barry you have been coming to PackExpo for the past few years. What changes you seen over three or four years?” This made me stop in my tracks as I mulled over the various conversations and machine overviews I had had with OEM’s over the week to formulate a response. “Well,” I replied, “not an awful lot,” and...

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Voice of the People

As with many of you I am sure social media has become part of everyday life, in many cases replacing alternative communication methods. When the recent Super Storm Sandy hit the East Coast, I was working in Chicago, and relied on social media to both update me on the progress of the storm as well as keeping in contact with my family. Even when I could not get hold of my family, the social community in Virginia helped me understand the overall...

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Science Fact or Fiction

OK, now hands up all of you that use a tablet as part of your social life. Now hands down if you use a tablet at work on the shop floor. I expect most of you still have your hands in the air, so feel free to put them down, but know that you’re not alone. Walking the halls of PackExpo in Chicago I could count on one hand the number of vendors offering tablet-based mobile solutions. Why is that in this connected world? And, why is that about to...

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Get Connected: Welcome to our Blog

At GE Intelligent Platforms, we work toward a single goal: to help you solve your operations challenges and get to market more quickly with a competitive advantage. Our innovative, high performance technology solutions—combined with our expertise, services and scale—enable us to grow the profitability of businesses for today’s connected world. As a strategic addition to your business, we’re proud that our role goes beyond being just another...

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Podcasts

Collaboration and Innovation Will Pave the Way for Improvement [audio:/sites/geautomation/files/userfiles/images/blog-comm/2013/04/13-GE-0118-GE-Alan-Podcast.mp3 |titles=Collaboration and Innovation]It's time to look at what challenges the world has presented us with and figure out innovative ways to solve those challenges. The aging water infrastructure is an important issue in our world that can no longer be ignored. Intelligent platforms will...

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