The Difference Between Supply Chain Visibility, Traceability, and Transparency: Why it Matters

Manufacturers need to be able to optimize supply chain management now more than ever; factors like supply chain disruptions, increasingly strict regulations, and consumer and shareholder expectations demand it. There are a few key concepts that support enhanced supply chain management: visibility, transparency, and traceability. Read on to find ...
BLOG Aug 09

What Does Pharmaceutical Traceability Mean for Manufacturers and Wholesalers

Traceability in the pharmaceutical industry is of paramount importance, now more so than ever as recent challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, increasingly strict regulations, and intensified consumer demand for transparency have put more of a global spotlight on pharmaceutical supply chain operations. In light of such developments, end-to-end ...
BLOG Jul 26

Why You Should Be Contextualizing Data Upstream Midstream and Downstream

It’s one thing to have access to data — amidst today’s data explosion, that’s easy. It’s quite another to be able to make sense of that data. Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing technologies are now making advanced contextualization of data possible, so manufacturers can leverage the full value of the wealth of operational information available to ...
BLOG Jul 05

The 5 Stage Path Towards Smart Manufacturing in the Food & Beverage Industry

Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing helps Food & Beverage manufacturers take control of their operations through a digital transformation driven by continuous intelligence, automation, and connectivity in a cyber-physical environment. Smart Manufacturing harnesses the massive amounts of data Food & Beverage manufacturers have available to ...
BLOG Jun 21

The Role Traceability Plays in Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Safety

Ensuring the quality and safety of products in the pharmaceutical industry is critical, without question. The global population depends on many of the modern medicines produced in pharmaceutical manufacturing for health and survival. But recalled, substandard, or counterfeit drugs have the potential to cause substantial, in some cases irreparable ...
BLOG Jun 14

Realtime Reporting On Critical Activities And Events For Manufacturing

What’s the bedrock of a manufacturing business that runs smoothly and efficiently? Realtime reporting. Managers of manufacturing enterprises need to know what’s happening with their operations, the granular details that illuminate progress, process, and potential problems, and they need that information to be accurate, and timely. As Industry 4.0 ...
BLOG May 25

The Mass Balance Approach To Chemical Manufacturing

Let’s talk about the mass-balance concept of sustainability. There are no two ways about it - the world’s plastic waste problem has increased exponentially over the last several decades, between the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the devastating effects on sea life and resulting threats to the human food chain, and the grim estimates indicating ...
BLOG Mar 30

Three Different Examples Of MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems)

With the fourth industrial revolution (aka Smart Manufacturing or Industry4.0) well underway, it’s crucial for manufacturers want to stay efficient, competitive and in compliance with industry standards by upgrading to the smartest digital equipment. And a well-oiled shop floor is a critical component of an efficient, competitive and compliant ...
BLOG Feb 16

What Are Recent Renovations In Chemical Supply Chain Safety?

Your senses of smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight serve a greater purpose. They’re not just for breathing in freshly baked bread, swishing a glass of pinot noir, listening to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, squeezing the Charmin, and laying eyes on the love of your life. All wonderful pursuits of course, but the most vital task of the ...
BLOG Oct 06

How To Contextualize Your Supply Chain Data And Expose Root-Level Problems With Smart Manufacturing

Not everything is what it appears to be on the surface. A sports car may have stunning lines and exotic accents, but you’re always going to want to check under the hood and make sure that make/model isn’t known to be parked at the shop all the time. Curb appeal is fine and good if you’re looking for a house, but what if that beaut is smack dab in ...
BLOG May 26

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