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  • MYTHINGS vs. LoRa
    Published September 2019
    This BehrTech report, concluded by Dr. Thomas Lauterbach, purports that in real-world Industrial Internet of Things deployments, the MYTHINGS platform delivers higher interference resilience than LoRa technology, and that in a high-interference environment at the same network range, MYTHINGS loses no messages—whereas there will always be some failed LoRa transmissions, regardless of signal power and range. (9 pages)
  • Intelligent Packaging with RAIN RFID
    Published May 2019
    RFID tags, either embedded or attached, provide value to all categories of packaged goods throughout the supply chain. This white paper from the RAIN RFID Alliance, which offers an introduction to intelligent packaging, covers the terminologies, the most important applications and the expected future developments. (11 pages)
  • Industry 4.0: Redefining How Mid-Market Manufacturers Derive and Deliver Value
    Published March 2019
    Industry 4.0 calls into question the definition of manufacturing, blurring the lines between tangible and intangible, digital and physical, product and service, and redefining how manufacturers derive and deliver value. According to BDO's "Middle Market Industry 4.0 Benchmarking Survey," however, only 5 percent of middle-market manufacturers are implementing an Industry 4.0 strategy. This report outlines various technologies manufacturers use or plan to use, including the Internet of Things. (36 pages)
  • Building Tomorrow's Business: Pioneering Digital Transformation in 2019
    Published January 2019
    BDO's inaugural "Middle Market Digital Transformation Survey" polled 300 C-level executives at organizations with revenues of $250 million to $3 billion about their digital transformation plans and strategic readiness. Among the findings: 42 percent of mid-market companies are currently deploying IoT technologies, while 48 percent are considering doing so. (34 pages)
  • Testing Approach for Next-Gen IoT Solution
    Published October 2018
    The Internet of Things has become an important tool in driving competitive advantage. It has the ability to take analytics to a different level, which can help companies to reduce costs and gain market share. This paper, from SunPower's Nikhil Padhi, highlights several key aspects of test planning during an IoT project. (6 pages)
  • Developing a Testing Approach for Robotic Automation
    Published October 2018
    Robotic automation has become ubiquitous during the past decade, and has the strong potential to reduce costs and improve productivity at factories. During such a project's implementation, testing sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. This paper, from SunPower's Nikhil Padhi, highlights several key aspects of test planning for robotic automation. (6 pages)
  • Should Manufacturing Applications Be Hosted on the Cloud?
    Published September 2018
    Social, mobility, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies have dominated discussions in recent days, with companies increasingly adopting these trends to improve productivity and reduce cost in smart factories. Most major software providers offer cloud-based options, and organizations must assess whether applications and infrastructure can be moved to the cloud, and whether they can achieve a return on investment. SunPower's Nikhil Padhi provides a broad-level evaluation approach. (14 pages)
  • Selecting a Manufacturing Execution System for a Smart Factory
    Published September 2018
    Manufacturing execution systems (MES) are a key application for smart factories. Many companies opt for a home-grown system so they can map custom business process steps, but in recent years, there has been a strong adoption of packaged MES technologies. One challenge has been how to select the appropriate MES. SunPower's Nikhil Padhi outlines several key elements to consider during selection. (14 pages)
  • Leveraging Robots in Smart Factories
    Published September 2018
    Robots and robotic automation are key components of a smart factory. As factories become smarter, robots and resulting automation will play an important role in enhancing productivity and reducing costs. This paper from Nikhil Padhi provides a high-level approach for robotic automation within a factory. (10 pages)
  • Creating a Digital Strategy for Manufacturing
    Published August 2018
    A growing number of businesses are embarking on their digital journey, including manufacturing-driven companies. Digital technologies such as automation, robots, advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, 3D printing and more have the potential to transform factories. This paper, written by Nikhil Padhi, answers some relevant questions that plants may face during planning and execution. (8 pages)
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