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How Has Manufacturing Changed? As technology has changed at a rapid pace, so has manufacturing. Only twenty years ago, practically nothing had internet access. Now, it is hard to find something without internet access. A common way to explain how the manufacturing sector has changed is by referencing the steps of technological advancement that the ... Read More »
Smart manufacturing is a technology-driven approach that utilizes Internet-connected machinery to monitor the production process. The goal of SM is to identify opportunities for automating operations and use data analytics to improve manufacturing performance. Smart manufacturing wasn’t developed in a single moment in time but a progressive series of smaller instances over 30 years that ... Read More »
  • Posted: January 22, 2020
  • Category: OEE
The term OEE stands for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. Have you ever heard about OEE? Many times, right? It sounds like a buzz word for a quality team. Overall Equipment Effectiveness is a standard metric for measuring manufacturing productivity for products or services. Whether you're running a small or large business, implementing Overall Equipment Effectiveness is ... Read More »
There are many misconceptions when it comes to IoT challenges in manufacturing. In this article we will not only address many IoT Challenge myths but debunk them as well. First off, let’s understand IoT: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that ... Read More »
IoT in Manufacturing is on the rise in record numbers. The global IoT market will grow from $157B in 2016 to $457B by 2020, attaining a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.5%1. IoT in manufacturing has become the prelude to which many believe will be the 4th industrial revolution or as it is commonly ... Read More »
  • Posted: April 11, 2019
  • Category: Events
April 9th is IoT Day and is a great opportunity to learn more about the Internet of Things and what it means for all of us.  As manufacturers, the networking capability that allows information to be sent between different objects and devices using the Internet can help organizations increase performance, productivity, and profitability. We reached ... Read More »

Smart manufacturing requires more than just investing in the latest IIoT solutions and technologies. Organizations that successfully incorporate smart manufacturing must experience a top-down shift from a process-first mindset to a culture-first mindset, effectively prioritizing the people side of the business. When every level of an organization is engaged and invested, a company can truly move forward and join “industry 4.0.” The following are necessary focus areas for successful integration of smart manufacturing principles and solutions.

An increasingly global manufacturing marketplace continues to expand the competitive borders of the manufacturing environment. At the same time, tighter margins, smaller lot sizes, and higher quality requirements demand advanced technical solutions that help organizations achieve lean manufacturing across each stage of the production cycle. Since 2013, 5ME LLC has provided manufacturers with a web-based software suite that does just that. FREEDOM™ Smart Manufacturing platform delivers real-time collection and analysis of important manufacturing data that is accessible on any web browser and any device, connecting every asset on the shop floor and providing analytics to its users everywhere from the shop floor to the top floor.

There’s an influx of information on the internet about smart manufacturing, IoT, and IIoT that makes it difficult to know what publications to pay attention to. At FREEDOM™, we know smart manufacturing – with our Smart Manufacturing Platform we stay up-to-date on industry trends, insights, and publications around these topics. Here are five articles we gathered to help keep your competitive edge.

An operating platform is a foundation to manufacturer’s entire infrastructure. Depending on what systems are in place, these applications work together by sharing data which give manufacturers real-time visibility that enables instant decision-making. So, what’s holding manufacturers back from implementing smart manufacturing technology?  Let’s take a look.