Enterprise Technology

Industry 4.0, automation

Guest Post: Industry 4.0 – How Far Is It From Here to There?

In manufacturing circles we see a number of different perspectives on Industry 4.0. Why? Because different organizations and managers see different levels of risk, value and return in it. Because we don’t have to use new technologies and capabilities simply because they’re available. And maybe because, although we’ve described a better manufacturing future, we’ve glossed over how to get there. What’s the path to Industry 4.0?

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5 Best Practices for ERP Vendor Selection

Whether your company is implementing an ERP system for the first time, or replacing a legacy implementation, it’s critically important to make the right
choice. What new capabilities do you need and want? What problems are you trying to solve? We asked our expert consultants to give us their thoughts on best practices in ERP selection, and this is what they told us.

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How to Select the Wrong ERP Solution

The ERP solution you choose will affect the way you conduct business for years to come. But many organizations get off-track right at the start when they go into the selection process believing in some common myths about the process – misconceptions that can result in the wrong solution for your business. Here are the top five misconceptions that derail the enterprise software selection process.

Industrial internet of things and innovative manufacturing

Expert Q&A: Rapidly Changing IEM Marketplace Requires New Capabilities

As the industrial equipment manufacturing (IEM) industry rumbles through the remainder of a challenging 2021, headed for a potentially more successful 2022, we asked one of Ultra’s most experienced manufacturing consultants what smart IEM companies need to know to thrive in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

Manufacturing processes

Digital Transformation, IIoT and Making the Move to Predictive Maintenance (Video)

For manufacturers, the capabilities offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution, particularly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation and connected machines, are enabling greater operational efficiency, higher product quality and improved maintenance processes – and are driving changes to long-established business models.

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Will Biden Infrastructure Plan and Trade Changes Boost IEM?

Changes in the national political landscape inevitably have a significant impact on the business environment. And the Biden Administration, working with the Democratic Party-controlled U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, already is proposing transformative change to the nation’s economic policy. Will these changes benefit industrial equipment manufacturers?

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Pacific Plumbing Supply Enables Future Success With Broad Change Now (Video)

Like many mid-sized distributors, Pacific Plumbing Supply Company chafed against the limitations of its legacy management platform and scraped by with a number of time-consuming manual workaround processes. Owners and managers knew it was well past time to implement a modern ERP solution and gain the advantages it would offer.

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Expert Q&A: Manufacturing Execution Systems

A manufacturing execution system (MES) offers different things to different manufacturers – and different things to manufacturers in different industries. To reduce the confusion, and to provide insight into the value of MES solutions in the IEM and industrial products verticals, we asked a longtime consultant to share his insight.

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