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Critical Manufacturing White Papers

White Paper: Augmented Reality

Digital Twin and Augmented Reality: From Ideal to Real with MES

White PaperThere are many new technology approaches to consider in Industry 4.0. This paper focuses primarily on two approaches: digital twin and augmented reality (AR). It points to a third, digital thread, which is more of an ‘ideal’ data flow and approach that ties other technologies together.

Concepts discussed are:

  • Digital Twin and Digital Thread.
  • Integrated Manufacturing Software Approach.
  • The MES-based Digital Twin.
  • MES Boosts AR.
  • Making it Real with Augmented MES.

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White Paper: Advanced Planning and Scheduling

APS Goes Native for Industry 4.0. Why Advanced Planning and Scheduling Must be an MES Capability

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For Industry 4.0 to have its full impact, advanced production planning and scheduling (APS) must be native to the manufacturing execution system (MES). Why? To optimize outcomes for the high-mix, constantly changing, automated Industry 4.0 environment.

Only when APS is built into the MES can companies rely on it being fast, accurate and efficient. This is the pragmatic approach to planning and scheduling activities in the plants in an optimal way.

This White Paper focuses on:

  • Defining Advanced Planning & Scheduling.
  • Defining Native APS in MES.
  • Comparing Native to Traditional APS.
  • Operational Benefits.
  • IT/System Benefits.
  • Business Benefits.
  • Going Native for Industry 4.0 Success.

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White Paper: IIoT vs MES

IIoT Has a "Thing" for MES. Why IoT Platforms Won’t Replace MES for Industry 4.0

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The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is ushering in a new era, and we believe it will only succeed once it is coupled with MES. Some say IIoT will spell the end of MES – that it will no longer be needed.

THE THING IS, IIoT NEEDS MES! MES provides a dozen capabilities that are essential to the success of IIoT projects. This white paper describes those briefly, along with the characteristics of the New MES that is designed to support this environment. Leveraging IIoT makes MES more important than ever. In fact, we see that IIoT has a thing for MES.

This White Paper explains:

  • The IIoT World / What IoT Platforms Do.
  • The Critical Role(s) of MES for IIoT.
  • A Dozen Things MES Delivers for IIoT.
  • Why Some Want MES to Vanish (And Why It Still Won’t).

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White Paper: Industry 4.0-ready

The New MES: Backbone of Industry 4.0

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Industry 4.0 is the vision of manufacturing of the future that allows not only lower cost, higher quality, and faster processing – but all of that with personalized products. It's a marketplace where smart products and smart equipment interact autonomously for dynamic optimization on the fly.

For most companies, Industry 4.0 is a concept, and the way to implement it is not clear. While testing out new technologies and creating a new approach to production and supply chain operations, there is one critical foundation piece companies must create, and that is a new manufacturing execution system (MES) that is Industry 4.0-ready.

This White Paper defines how the role of MES as an orchestrator, dynamic engine, broker agent for the marketplace players, and documenter is essential to making Industry 4.0 a reality.

It covers:

  • What’s so different in Industry 4.0?
  • The New MES for Industry 4.0. Traditional MES vs New MES.
  • Ready to Implement Industry 4.0? Functionality a New MES must have.
  • How the New MES Fosters Industry 4.0 Benefits.

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White Paper: Advanced MES

Guide to Successful MES Replacement. Migration Strategies Explained.

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Companies with an older generation MES are now facing a looming question: whether to update or replace these custom solutions with commercially available MES software.

Critical Manufacturing's White Paper addresses the challenges for the global manufacturers that consider migration to a modern MES, and helps them evaluate the business and operational drivers for MES replacement.

The context conditions help to set the path for adapting one of the three main replacemet techniques: Big Bang, Phased Introduction or Parallel Systems. When selecting the right strategy for changing the MES, manufacturers must take into consideration level of interdependencies, automation and downtown impact which determine the critical factors of that decision: time, cost, and risk.

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