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IBM brings cognition to the factory floor

Written by Karen Lewis | April 25, 2017 | Events, Factories, Manufacturing

According to Business Insider Intelligence, the growth of the installed base of manufacturing IoT devices will expand to 923 million in 2020 – that’s 3x growth from 237 million in 2015. When faced with exponential growth and demand, the quality versus quantity conundrum is an unavoidable topic of conversation. Here’s why – manufacturing IoT devices ...read more


Four high-value use cases for cognitive manufacturing

Written by Karen Lewis | April 20, 2017 | Asset Management, Manufacturing

Using cognitive to activate the next generation of production success Cognitive computing represents an emerging technology that increases productivity, yield and quality while continuously learning, improving employee actions, processes and outcomes. When combined with manufacturing technologies, it results in cognitive manufacturing. It unites millions of data points into a source that discovers patterns and answers ...read more


Robots and Node-RED: Rapanui, the eco-friendly clothing factory

Written by Dr Lucy Rogers | April 5, 2017 | Blog, Factories

Rapanui, an award winning fashion brand uses Node-RED, MQTT and Raspberry Pi computers to make ethical and eco-friendly bespoke products at high street prices – no guilt tax involved. One of the services that Rapanui Clothing Limited provides is T-shirt printing. They use open source technology to help reduce the batch size of their T-shirt ...read more


A framework for Industry 4.0

Written by Scott Stockwell | February 10, 2017 | Blog, Factories, Manufacturing

We’re surrounded by more and more connected devices we’re calling the Internet of Things. We can turn our heating on from our phones on the commute home. Pegs can tell us when to bring the washing in so it doesn’t get wet. Cars know the hazards  ahead and warn us before we get there so ...read more


Digital darkness in manufacturing floor leaves plant management blind

Written by Binny Samuel | December 9, 2016 | Manufacturing

Most manufacturing plants are digitally dark.  They collect limited set of data from plant floors, essentially only that which pertains to key metrics or key processes.  But for those, there are hardly any digital visibility that drive decision making or predictive insights that illuminates production risks. Plant managers start the day with little visibility on ...read more


What is industry 4.0?

Written by Jen Clark | October 12, 2016 | Automotive, Blog, Factories...

Industry 4.0: IoT does smart manufacturing Industry 4.0 manufacturing is all about the increasing connectivity of smaller and smaller components. It uses the data collected by physical things, either built products out in the real world, or components within a machine on the production line, to impact how these things themselves are manufactured. The more ...read more


Intelligent processes and yield improvement with IoT

Written by Vijay Sankaran | August 25, 2016 | Blog, Factories, Manufacturing

In the previous blog we focused on capabilities and benefits available to manufacturing organizations via the combination of the IoT and analytic technologies – each fundamental components of cognitive manufacturing.  Intelligent, instrumented and connected equipment now enables lines of business closely associated with manufacturing processes to gain a far more detailed and accurate understanding of ...read more