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  • 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)
  • The EPC Mandate ROI Guide
    Published August 2018
    CYBRA has published this e-book, written by Sheldon R. Reich, to help retail manufacturers and distributors understand the intricacies of RFID implementation and EPC mandates, as well as how to benefit from such mandates. Aspects highlighted include how RFID can benefit retail brand owners, how to move an RFID pilot to production and the five-step plan for RFID deployment success. (10 pages)
  • What Is the Use of the IIoT?
    Published July 2018
    The world is becoming more connected every day. Connectivity can now be found in both consumer and commercial environments, from smartphones to sensors at a factory. In this white paper, Radley Corp. discusses what the Industrial Internet of Things means for the manufacturing sector. (8 pages)
  • Bar Codes Versus RFID for Work-in-Process Tracking
    Published January 2018
    This white paper, from BellHawk Systems, outlines when radio frequency identification and bar codes are each preferable to monitor WIP. With bar codes, a user must perform scanning, typically using a mobile computer equipped with an integrated bar-code scanner, whereas with RFID, scanning takes place automatically. BellHawk explores the merits of each type of tracking in manufacturing organizations, with an emphasis on the needs of organizations that make custom and semi-custom products. (5 pages)
  • RFID: Transformative Technology
    Published April 2017
    Radley Corp. explains why RFID technology provides a competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector. With realistic goals, a committed team and knowledgeable vendors, manufacturers can trust that incorporating RFID into their business is a viable option to help them stand out from the competition and succeed. (10 pages)
  • iDTRONIC GmbH Provides Burg F.W. Lüling KG With Embedded Modules
    Published February 2017
    Last year, Burg F.W. Lüling KG, a manufacturer of locks and locking systems, entered into a partnership with iDTRONIC GmbH, a provider of RFID hardware. This case study discusses the embeddable high-frequency (HF) module that iDTRONIC supplied to Burg, providing it with greater flexibility than its previous low-frequency (LF) RFID system allowed. (3 pages)
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