How Customer Feedback Can Enhance Any Business

Everyone knows the old adage, “the customer is always right.” It’s a good motto – after all, if you want your business to succeed, you have to cater to your customer’s wants and needs. Whether you repair cell phones at a mall kiosk or are a global medical and industrial grade computer…


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The Technology Behind Your Favorite Chocolate Treats

It is estimated that people across the globe consume nearly 7.2 million metric tons of chocolate each year. That’s over two pounds (almost a kilogram) of chocolate for every single person on Earth. It’s easy to understand why. With its unique combination of rich flavor compounds, fats, and…


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How Industry 4.0 Can Make HVAC Factory Friendly

Many people see being an HVAC (short for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) technician the same way they see being a plumber – a blue-collar trade for people looking for a career path that doesn’t require a college degree. In reality, just like plumbing, HVAC is a complex and…


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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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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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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?

Manufacturing has used several buzzwords to describe the same value of “flexibility.” “Resiliency” that gives supply chains the ability to bounce back after a breakdown, “visibility” that allows them to catch breakdowns before they occur, “Smart” manufacturing that uses technology such as…


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How Barcode Scanning and Other Tools Can Create an Effective Food Recall Solution

It’s no shocker that food recalls are an expensive, efficiency draining occurrence for food and beverage manufacturers. With needing to trace back bad food batches to its source, the damaged brand reputation caused by poor quality control, and the legal ramifications should consumers face allergic…


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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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