Monthly Archives: August 2012

Engineering Data Collection, the missing piece to a functional MES package.

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Is Engineering Data Collection important for your Organization? If I am right it’s extremely important to be able to view the process related Data in order to analyze and optimize any operation. Let me elaborate by explaining what is Engineering Data Collection or EDC and why this data should be an inseparable part of your MES system. EDC is basically the collection of all vital data related to your ops-procedure. Every product when manufactured requires complying with some predetermined quality standard, generally there is a tolerance level associated with the desired outcome which can be both positive and negative. Now … Continue reading

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Are you looking for a Manufacturing Excellence Package that Saves You Money, Reduces Redundant Efforts, & prevents Equipment Downtime?

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There are many questions that come to our mind when we think about a manufacturing excellence package. In today’s blog I will ask a few of these questions and then answer them. This would help us realize the importance of a Manufacturing Excellence Package but more importantly it would help you gauge the value of The Manufacturing Excellence Package by I2DS and why is it the better solution for you. Well then what are we waiting for, let’s begin by asking the most basic question- Do we need a Manufacturing Excellence Package? The answer is really another question, which is- … Continue reading

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The Phases of a product development lifecycle

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The product development life-cycle is the journey of a product (tangible or intangible), from its conception to its execution and beyond. You will gain further clarity on the above statement as you go on reading this blog further. Any product no matter how simple or complex it may be in terms of design, shape, size, features etc. has to go through various stages of development to eventually become a commercially viable product. Each stage or phase is extremely important and is a prerequisite for the next phase. So then what are these phases of product development cycle? First and foremost … Continue reading

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Advanced Process Control – An R&D Tool that enables real-time and rapid process development.

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APC or Advanced Process Control is a necessity for today’s Organizations for their R&D segment. APC is composed of different kinds of process control tools, often used for solving multivariable control problems or discrete control problem. Advanced process control involves control engineering, signal processing, statistics, decision theory and artificial intelligence. In simpler terms APC is a tool that enables real-time process development and process control. Presently organizations lack the capability of being dynamic in process control and development, increasing operational efficiency while keeping the cost low is a major challenge. i2DS’ APC is a comprehensive tool which helps experts in … Continue reading

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Does your organization lack the ability to effectively track Safety and Quality Issues and Prevent them from happening again?

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Today Organizations worldwide are struggling to achieve sky high quality standards and a safe working environment for their work force. The aim is to achieve the requisite quality at minimal operational cost. So you would agree with me when I say that, Quality and Safety are the major concern for all Organizations. Now the question is are we tracking issues related to safety and quality effectively and taking care to prevent issues before they become a major problem? Conventional packages for manufacturing organizations lack the ability to track issues related to safety and quality, also they lack the capability of … Continue reading

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SPC Control in an MES System, Real-Time Decision Making for the End-User.

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Statistical Process Control or SPC as we all know it is one of the most important decision making tools for an organization. It enables accurate process control and ensures quality parameters are achieved. SPC can be applied universally to any process where the required output can be measured. Some key tools used in SPC include control charts; a focus on continuous improvement; and the design of experiments. In simpler words SPC is a tool for Quality control that aims to achieve the following objectives 1) Objective analysis of any variation 2) Increasing Productivity 3) Early detection of quality and performance … Continue reading

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An R &D MES Solution best suited for your company

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Many of today’s MES packages considerably lack the R&D Manufacturing flexibility and functionality needed by process development organizations. These solutions are more focused on “controlling” the production floor rather than delivering on the research process needs. R&D companies are seeking solutions that not only track their material in the production line, but also enable them to capture changing process conditions in either a batch or continuous process, allow process engineers to split and merge parent and child lot material, and capture critical or non-critical engineering data parameters real-time. I2DS delivers on these capabilities as well as other functionality for both … Continue reading

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What are the Industry Gaps when Striving for World-Class Manufacturing Excellence?

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Manufacturing Excellence can be achieved for every organization with a comprehensive system that covers all aspects pertaining to operations. However, there are various industry gaps when we consider the present manufacturing excellence packages. One of the major pain points is the inability to track Factory performance on a daily basis and enable real time decision making. Then there are critical gaps in Safety and Quality management such as, issues occurring on a daily basis get lost in the paper trail or cumbersome database. Similarly issues related to equipment can’t be analyzed historically and this may lead to the equipment becoming … Continue reading

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The importance of having an MES Standards Document during the vendor engagement process.

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It is vital during the vendor engagement process to define the guidelines that vendors must adhere too. Not having standards can lead to unnecessary headaches for both the customer and the vendor during the tool bring up process. I2DS engages with the vendors on the customer’s behalf during the vendor engagement process and institutes an MES Standards document that defines the customer’s requirements for software, hardware, documentation, and various other items. This helps the customer take the guess work out and allows them to focus on the more critical issues.

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Improve Your Safety Performance with I2DS’ Safety Management Solution

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Is Safety a priority in your Organization? If Yes, we are the partner you have been looking for. I2DS provides the most advanced Safety Management Solutions in the industry today. Our Safety management tool allows you to track each safety issue in real time, assign owner to each action item for safety, capture workplace safety training sessions and above all our solution is flexible enough to accommodate to all your safety needs. We at I2DS believe in providing our clients to choose the functionality they require and map thos requirements to a solution best suited for their organization. So you … Continue reading

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Does your legacy system prevent you from pulling data in a quick and organized fashion?

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Many organizations for a variety of reasons may choose to continue the use of their legacy systems. Some of these legacy systems, due to the original design, are challenged in the way data is pulled, stored, purged, and maintained. I2DS has provided its customers with creative solutions to extract data regardless of the various hardware or file format the data is in. For multiple customers, i2DS has provided a customized UI that pulls from legacy and modern day systems, merges the data and provides information that can be critical to support daily business operations. I2DS experts, with their technical depth, … Continue reading

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