i-ERP: Intelligent Enterprise Resource Planning

July 4, 2018

by Jonathan Soriano Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications are common business tools that appeared during the 1990s, evolving from simple applications to customizable software systems. However, with the recent emergence of Industry 4.0 and the increased connectivity required across a business to optimize end-to-end production processes, standard ERP systems are becoming obsolete. At its core, […]

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Cyber Security Part 2: How Firms Can Begin to Address Cyber Risk

June 25, 2018

By Jonathan Soriano According to a joint study by Deloitte and The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), “Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing,” there are six critical themes that manufacturing firms must consider when addressing cyber security threats: Executive and board-level engagement Talent and human capital Intellectual property (IP) Industrial control systems (ICS) Connected […]

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Cyber Security Part 1: Six Critical Themes for Addressing Cyber Risk in Advanced Manufacturing

June 15, 2018

By Jonathan Soriano The Fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as “Industry 4.0”) is characterized by the use of the Internet of Things, big data analytics, digital supply chains, and a number of other technological advancements to improve the efficiency of production processes. Although the benefits of adopting Industry 4.0 technologies cannot be denied, manufacturing firms […]

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Additive Manufacturing

June 13, 2018

Video by Arconic by Jonathan Soriano One of the new and innovative technologies that is contributing to the transformation of advanced manufacturing is additive manufacturing (AM). AM refers to the process of constructing a product, layer by layer, to manufacture an object from three-dimensional (3D) data. Previously, products had to be manufactured using traditional molding or […]

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The Digital Thread in Advanced Manufacturing

June 7, 2018

by Kevin Madden A key characteristic that sets the Fourth Industrial Revolution apart from the first three is the rapid pace of change in today’s business environment. While the first three events unfolded at an ever-increasing pace, industrial innovation is now exploding exponentially across a wide range of technologies. One factor contributing to this exponential […]

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Machine Learning and Its Applications in Advanced Manufacturing

May 10, 2018

by Kevin Madden “Machine learning” (ML) is a popular term used by Industry 4.0 enthusiasts. But while there is undoubtedly excitement surrounding the phrase and its potential implications for the manufacturing industry, many people have a difficult time explaining exactly what ML is. It is crucial that manufacturers have a high-level understanding of this concept, […]

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