Managing Extreme Vertical Integration with a Single MES


Modeling and integrating MES with other systems is challenging enough when your factory manufactures one type of product with similar flows. But what if your MES implementation includes a variety of manufacturing modes, product types, volumes, and varying degrees of automation? What if your industry is regulated? What if your task is to implement all this variety in a single MES instance?
Ultradent is currently implementing MES, beginning with Electronic Batch Record across a variety of production lines in their Utah manufacturing location.

Join this webinar to hear Craig Pinegar discuss the challenges of selecting and implementing MES in an extremely vertically-integrated MedTech environment, including:

  • Selecting a commercial MES
  • Goals, scoping, and success metrics of MES implementation
  • Big Bang vs. phased implementation
  • Selecting suitable project methodologies
  • Pros and cons of “Paper on Glass”
  • Security and availability concerns of paperless manufacturing
  • Integrating MES with PLM, ERP, and more
  • Automation vs. manual processes
  • How to bootstrap and develop an MES team
  • How to scale from your pilot lines to your entire plant
  • How Lean and MES support each other
  • How to approach software validation with MES
Craig Pinegar Director of Manufacturing IT Ultradent Products, Inc.

IIoT accelerates and sustains process improvements that drive better, faster, and more cost-effective decisions. Improving KPIs that drive operational efficiency and business value is critical to achieving competitive advantage, in any industry. As companies upskill their workforces to execute on data-driven decisions, they are poised to deploy an IIoT strategy that will create a next generation decision support capability across the enterprise to:

  • Gain system wide visibility and support real-time event driven responsiveness across production operations
  • Enhance automation systems designed with a process control “set point” range mindset to include a “change point” advisory approach
  • Better collaborate with value chain business and technology partners
  • Ensure future improvements in cybersecurity and HSE performance
  • Sustain a workforce culture of asset “ownership” and IP generation

Attend this webinar to help you answer some important questions:

  • What is an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategy?
  • Do I really need an IIoT strategy if I am converging my IT and OT organizations?
  • What important considerations are there for Edge-Tier architecture?
  • What must be in the strategy, what’s out, and what’s adjacent?
  • How can get my IIoT project funded if I don’t have hard dollar benefits identified?
  • What are the Key Success Factors to deliver at reasonable risk?
Charles Mohrmann Industry Principal Director Accenture Strategy & Consulting X.0

IIoT – Getting it Right!


5 Steps to Digital Transformation


Digital transformation is achievable by any business, of any size, in any industry. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution in full swing, a clear roadmap leading businesses towards digital transformation is important. By breaking down each step which a company can take to make the most out of Industry 4.0 advances, anyone can benefit from emergent technologies, new philosophies and developing best practice.

In this webinar, Martin Kelman shares insights on the steps to digital transformation that any business should be taking, including:

  • Forming an agile, flexible, autonomous team or ‘squad’
  • Defining, documenting, mapping and maturing business process and data models
  • Integrating processes across disparate and previously unconnected people and systems
Martin Kelman Chief Digital Transformation Officer ATS Global

People are still talking about digitizing their manufacturing floor and deciding if they should invest or not.

In this webinar, Paul has some key messages for attendees:

  • Don’t wait, demonstrate leadership and get started
  • Data first! Digitalization is from the past, artificial intelligence is the future.
  • Take a radical path because there are consequences if you don’t

Attend this webinar to learn how Medtronic, a global pure play medical device manufacturer is managing the transformation to Smart Digital Manufacturing across four business segments with highly diverse and complex environments ranging from high-mix/low-volume to high-volume/low-mix and highly labor intensive to highly automated operations.

Paul Straeten Global Head of Manufacturing IT Medtronic

Path to the autonomous factory


Industry 4.0 Platform: MES, IIoT, Analytics or All of the Above?


At a time when the application of IoT in manufacturing environments is in full swing, and growing at a much higher rate than any other type of application, we can see the first signs that, with the currently available approaches, manufacturers will not achieve the expected returns. As the dust settles, the industrial world is realizing what other markets that have turned to analytics have realized long ago.

In this webinar, Francisco Almada Lobo, will share valuable insights on how to:

  • Take real advantage of the wealth of data that the IoT generates, semantic models, contextual information, data enrichment processes and platform sharing are an absolute must.
  • Unlock the true potential that MES and IoT have to simultaneously control processes, guarantee visibility and traceability, and generate true manufacturing insights.

Only a combined platform will allow manufacturers to succeed in the Industry 4.0 competitive context.

Francisco Almada Lobo CEO Critical Manufacturing

Today factories are running through a transformation based around leveraging data from every smart tool to create “information-intensive” processes. This has far-reaching implications in the way manufacturing processes are run.

In this webinar, Lorenzo Veronesi, Research Manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights EMEA will deliver insights about:

  • How companies see smart factories as an enabler to real business success.
  • How smart factories completely revolutionize how people work in the production process.
  • How crucial it is today that manufacturers put MES applications at the center of their shop-floor technology strategy, to be the catalyst of long-lasting transformation.
Lorenzo Veronesi Research Manager IDC Manufacturing Insights EMEA

What is the future for MES technology?