Articles & News on MES and Operations Management

PLCopen releases 3rd edition of the IEC 61131-3 standard, version 1.01 for comments

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With the 3rd edition of the IEC 61131-3 standard and some additional wishes from the implementers, an update was needed. The final version 1.01 will have the major changes in Table 26 – Mapping IEC 61131-3 elementary datatypes to OPC UA built in datatypes, which in addition contains a new column with a NodeID for each type , and in Table 39 – Numeric Identifiers for IEC 61131-3 defined nodes.

AVEVA combines with Schneider Electric's industrial software business

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The combination brings together AVEVA’s design, engineering and construction capabilities with Schneider Electric’s industrial software business, which ranges from simulation through to real-time manufacturing operations management.

Swisslog Logistics announces new Americas executive leadership team

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Markus Schmidt, President of Swisslog Logistics Automation Americas, announced the appointments as part of Swisslog’s global initiative to focus on key customers and industries.

Picking Automation to Optimize Omni-Channel Capabilities

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By Vikrant Angia, VCO Systems Too many in the picking product space fail to understand the complexities of the fast-changing omni-channel experience and associated total supply chain costs. Organizations must be optimized to provide the right product to end customers, across the various channels that share inventory.

SAP Leonardo Enterprise Wide IT/OT Integration

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By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com Taking place from November 2-3 2017, the event put a spotlight on SAP’s IT/OT real-time transaction processing and integration of manufacturing controls and automation for their customers.

The Top 7 Manufacturing Pains Today And How To Remedy Them

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By Anthony Borges, PINpoint Information Systems There are many common challenges manufacturers face on their assembly lines which must be overcome to produce quality products in the most efficient way. It is after-all the assembly line where products are born, from physical actions, or process steps performed by both line workers and machines.

Lighthouse Systems helps SunPower integrate MES and automation in Mexican facility

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The manufacturing system - combining smart equipment, improved processes, plant automation and MES software - delivered on traceability and compliance requirements as well as on efficiencies.

Körber announces acquisition of HighJump Software

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The purchase of HighJump will be from its parent company, Accellos Holdings and its primary investor, Accel-KKR, a technology focused investment firm. Both parties agreed not to disclose details of the purchase price.

Aegis helps Protoduction Inc implement MES in their manufacturing operations

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Protoduction’s proprietary process, “Concept 2 Reality”, is designed to bridge the gap between design engineering and manufacturing, providing customers with a consultative approach to product development.

Kistler Group announces acquisition of IOS GmbH

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Monitoring and data acquisition products for the manufacturing industry are already a key part of Kistler’s portfolio of integrated quality assurance solutions. The acquisition of IOS’ MES software is designed to take Kistler to the next level.