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The Internet of Things Comes to Manufacturing

The Internet of Things Comes to Manufacturing

What that means for you now, and in the years ahead When it comes to manufacturing, IoT developments can certainly impact what you make. The use of IoT-enabled devices – everything from cars to consumer appliances to healthcare equipment – is exploding. Actually, that might be an understatement. According to a Gartner Research report published in February, “8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. Total spending on endpoints and services will reach almost $2 trillion in 2017.” So, chances are pretty good that, sooner or later, the things you produce will have the ability to communicate with other things, and to share data. The application of IoT technology is spreading that quickly. But no matter what you manufacture, the Internet of Things is certainly going to change how you make it. In fact, that’s already happening. Walk around your own factory floor and you’ll see examples – large and small – of how IoT is transforming your processes, improving efficiencies, reducing downtime. That doesn’t mean your manufacturing facilities are going to run without human oversight next week or even next year. But even if […]

Jan Baan Reviews: “From Legacy ERP to Smart Industry 4.0”

http://www.automation.com/automation-news/article/from-legacy-erp-to-smart-industry-40-the-pace-layered-application-strategy-model The four revolutions are: Economy 1.0:Steam Engine, Economy 2.0:Mass Production; Economy 3.0: Digital Revolution/Internet Technology; and Economy 4.0: Mobile Internet and Internet of Things. When Jan Baan writes about where we have come from to how we are going to adopt to Gartner’s suggested Pace-Layered Application Strategy Model in our software approach, we are excited to read it. After all, Baan, who is Chairman and Founder of Vanenburg Software and who established Baan Company in 1978 to became a pioneer in the ERP industry, should be able to provide a terrific overview. The article appears in one of the industry’s leading websites, Automation.com. (Bolded italics are by the blog author.) In the piece, Baan relates how, in the 80’s, “relational database technology and MRP algorithms helped us further expand our logistics systems to so-called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. In addition to planning and stocks, the financial data were linked, thereby, simplifying periodic reporting to shareholders. Therefore, the ERP solution belonged to the core systems of the company, which also has, unfortunately, led many users to feel locked into their software vendor since it is the software vendor that programmed those core algorithms.” Then, “at the beginning of this […]