How To Make Physical Inventory Counts Less Painful

Anyone who has ever worked in or just been inside of a warehouse should be able to understand why the prospect of physical entry counts strike fear in the heart of almost every warehouse worker. Manually counting and cataloging what seems like countless items is a process prone to errors, which…


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Industrial Cybersecurity Beyond the Firewall

Given that businesses across nearly all industries have been using computers for several decades now, you would think that Cybersecurity would be a non-issue. It is natural to assume that companies would, by default, have robust systems in place to deal with the threats they face after all this…


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How Industry 4.0 can Maximize the Potential of ERP

It has long been true that effective communication is integral for a business to run smoothly and efficiently. The different departments of a company, from purchasing, to logistics, to accounting, etc., all need to work in concert to maximize productivity. And while ERP software has facilitated…


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Industry 4.0 and the Future of Reverse Logistics

With the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people have been turning to online retail to purchase goods. Of course, higher volumes of purchases bring higher volumes of returns. Given that online retail is poised to increase its dominance in the coming decades, businesses will have to develop robust…


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How Industrial PCs are Shaping Clean Energy

The future is green. We’ve been hearing it for years. However, for most of the past five decades, clean energy just has not been economically feasible on a large scale. Despite finite supply and increasing environmental pressure from climate change, we are still largely reliant on fossil fuels for…


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How Industry 4.0 Will Change the Oil and Gas Industry

As it has on every other industry, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a marked impact on the Oil and Gas Industry. Already trending downward before the virus, worldwide public health lockdowns caused oil consumption to shrink dramatically. Nevertheless, despite ongoing mass vaccination efforts and a…


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Smart Factories and Their Use of Industrial Computers

With the advent of Industry 4.0, traditional factories are becoming obsolete. Though factories are no stranger to automation, advancements in industrial computers, artificial intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things), cloud computing, and other highly advanced digital technologies have completely…


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What is the “Yatai” Flexible Manufacturing System?

The age of manufacturing’s status quo has long since ended. A weakening labor pool (and increasingly more difficult bar of entry set the stage for that end) and 2020 look like the final nails in that coffin. Now the buzzwords like resiliency, visibility, and smart all describe one core principle of…


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A Practical Approach to Supply Chain Risk Management

2020 has passed and, to be honest, the entire year was essentially one big supply chain disruption. Everything that could have gone wrong, and many things that we didn’t even know could go wrong, did. Fortunately all these trials and tribulations, for all the chaos they caused, instilled in many…


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6 Manufacturing Trends Sure to Pick Up (More) Steam in 2021

It took some doing and a whole lot of adapting, but we’ve finally managed to make it to the other end of 2020. Though many manufacturers can’t say they aren’t worse for wear for the experience, they were able to draw quite a few insights as a result of having their status quo challenged and…


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