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Supporting Manufacturing Automation Goals by Aligning MOM Technology

By Kathy Barbeire on Jan 25, 2021 5:17:43 PM

The 2020 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies among manufacturers. In the wake of lockdowns and social distancing measures, manufacturers are vulnerable to their dependence on manual labor, and this vulnerability is driving them to look at automation. The Manufacturing Operations Management Institute (MOMi) has released the MOM Solution Guide 2020 as a resource for manufacturers looking for technology vendors with solutions aligned to their industry. The 475-page Guide tracks trends in the MES/MOM industry (Manufacturing Execution Systems / Manufacturing Operations Management). This year, the report included feedback from MES suppliers from around the world who submitted data on 43 MES products, their services, technologies, quality, and industry focus.

Topics: plant floor optimization manufacturing software process alignment mom software mes software continuous improvement software manufacturing execution system manufacturing operations management software improving manufacturing performance
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Version 10 Now Available

By Kathy Barbeire on Oct 4, 2018 3:16:47 PM

New Functionality Available in FSQM

Dynamic Data Keys - Users now can create and modify their own dynamic data keys. We only advise users with some SQL knowledge should use this as these data keys can have major impacts on system functionality.

Process-Change Logging - FSQM now offers Process Change Logging. With this functionality, users can monitor changes on various parameters, personnel, and departments against a product code. This will allow users to document how specific changes affect processes.

CUSUM - Per the US Government Publishing Office 2016 CFR, title 9 vol. 2, part 381, cumulative sum (CUSUM) is defined as a statistical concept used to determine compliance with finished product standards (pg 455). CAT Squared developed a software solution for calculating CUSUM scores, CUSUM status (InAction or InControl), and scheduling audits. This SOP goes over how the initial setup for CUSUM with the CUSUM Wizard.

Topics: food quality system mes software manufacturing software upgrade process food safety software
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Get the Most out of Your ERP

By Kathy Barbeire on Aug 9, 2017 3:28:50 PM

In last month's feature, we discussed various categories of data-management software systems used in manufacturing. This month, we’ll continue this conversation by more deeply defining the difference between ERP systems and MOM / MES systems and discussing how ERP integration with MES systems empowers manufacturers with real-time business intelligence to make better decisions.

Topics: manufacturing automation manufacturing software process alignment process mapping manufacturing technology erp integration plant-floor software mes software food manufacturing automation real-time data continuous improvement software manufacturing execution system
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ERP? MES? MOM? Which is the Best Food Industry Software?

By Kathy Barbeire on Jul 10, 2017 10:43:51 AM

Information technology has changed the face of traditional manufacturing. Every day, there seems to be a new buzzword defining another software category to help you manage your company’s data. But which kind of software system is best for your company? What software system will give you the best ROI? Do you need an ERP or an MES? Can an ERP function as an MES? What’s the difference? And while we’re asking these questions, can someone please define some of these acronyms?

Topics: manufacturing wms software warehouse management system erp integration mom software plant-floor software mes software
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ABC Costing Case Study for Food Manufacturers

By Kathy Barbeire on Apr 6, 2017 3:38:30 PM

To maximize profitability, companies must have a firm grasp of what it costs to manufacture and process each product. This becomes increasingly challenging for large companies with thousands of employees and long supply chains or multiple manufacturing plants. This study demonstrates a return on investment of less than just a few months of full integration of CAT Squared's costing system.

Topics: plant floor optimization food processing continuous improvement manufacturing software process alignment plant-floor software mes software food manufacturing software ABC Costing System Activity-Based Costing Software
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CAT Squared Identified as Unique MES Fit for Food Industry by MESA

By Kathy Barbeire on Oct 20, 2015 11:02:41 AM

In October 2015, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International released their annual MES Product Survey. This is the 16th year MESA has published this report tracking trends in manufacturing execution systems (MES). This year, the report included feedback from MES suppliers from around the world who submitted data on 71 MES products, their services, technologies, quality, and industry focus. Of the 67 participating vendors, CAT Squared was the only solutions provider whose sole focus was serving the food industry.

Topics: mom software mes software food manufacturing automation food manufacturing software manufacturing execution system manufacturing operations management software