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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Automotive, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing

Fifteen years ago, I was studying for a master’s degree in industrial automation at a technical university. We learned about open systems, industrial internet, old and new programming languages, collaborating robots, software-controlled machine clusters etc. Everything that you needed to build the smart factory. I thought all this was everyday life in the manufacturing industry…

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Mercedes-Benz Actros Outside Mirror

by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Automotive

The world’s leading trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, The International Automotive Fair (IAA) for Commercial Vehicles, kicked off last week with a focus on innovation in the automotive industry. One of the central themes of this year’s show looks at what the future of commercial travel will be like—from connected vehicles to automated…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Service Management

We are seeing the growing demand to integrate connected devices for field service operations. In a recent study by IFS, 30 percent of product-oriented companies said they are already using IoT for field service to some extent – a few companies are even harnessing IoT data to automatically trigger work orders or technician dispatches. But…

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by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing

Over the years there have been many paradigms that claim to optimize production and save the world—bottleneck, forward and backward, finite and infinite scheduling models, DDMRP, Kanban—and almost all failed in some way to deliver manufacturing nirvana. One such stratagem was the Theory of Constraints (TOC). But could a fresh approach to TOC, combined with…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Digital Transformation, Energy and Utilities, Mobility

To deliver in the new energy paradigm, suppliers need to focus on two key areas – technology and service provision. The energy market is being disrupted and transformed around the world. According to a recent foreword in the Global Innovation Index Report “Innovation lies at the core of any solution to the challenges facing our…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Aerospace & Defense, Creativity & Innovation

Augmented and virtual reality seem to have existed as buzzwords in lots of industries over recent years—but real-life business use cases have been relatively slow to emerge. Sure, they have proved popular for gamers across the world, but the technology has now taken a step out of the living room and onto the tarmac in…

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by   |    |   3 minutes  |  in Creativity & Innovation

We’ve all heard the promises of efficiency improvements and digital transformation made possible by adopting internet of things (IoT) technologies. This assumes, of course, that the observations coming out of the IoT monitoring system are actually correct. No, this blogpost is not about tampering or other cybersecurity concerns—although that topic would be worth a blogpost…

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by   |    |   4 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation

Predictions vary about when emergent technologies will become a reality. Can taking a look at the past provide insight into what’s next? No matter where you look there are predictions on when technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and driverless cars will become a reality and commonplace in our lives. Many pundits fall back…

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What’s the link between innovation and company performance?

by   |    |   5 minutes  |  in Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Digital Transformation, Events

Martin Gunnarsson, Product Director & ERP Evangelist at IFS, shares his view about the IFS World Conference 2016 panel discussion on the link between innovation and company success. During a panel discussion at IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, we discussed and shared experiences about the link between innovation and company success. Jon Briggs, moderator of…

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