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Turning Data into Dollars using MES and MOM
Kevin Ferrigno

Turning Data into Dollars using MES and MOM

Manufacturers are rapidly increasing their capability to collect and analyze data. This data can be used to deploy KPI metrics, like OEE, providing real time and historical feedback on the productivity of manufacturing operations. This data can also be used as the basis for continuous improvement projects designed to increase efficiency and reduce waste. But how do manufacturers know what impact these projects are having on their bottom line? Are they worth the cost to deploy? DMC and AltaVia...

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DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC Joins the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center

Sam Weber and I recently participated in two meetings for the Siemens MOM Expertise Alliance Center (MEAC). Sam and I spent two days discussing the future of Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management (MES and MOM) with top experts from Siemens and other members of the SIMATIC IT ecosystem. DMC is excited to extend its partnership with Siemens SIMATIC IT by joining the Siemens MEAC.  By joining the CoE, DMC gains access to an outstanding partner network of ex...

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SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Kevin Ferrigno

SIMATIC IT Line Monitoring Tool for Overall Equipment Effectiveness

DMC has recently been working closely with Siemens in expanding opportunities to utilize their Manufacturing Execution Systems and Manufacturing Operations Management platform, SIMATIC IT. One area we've pursued is development of a Line Monitoring tool to help manufacturers implement a cost effective way to measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and perform downtime analysis.   This result is a low cost solution built on a Siemens S7-1200 PLC and SIMATIC IT Line Montioring Syst...

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DMC Presents at the Siemens Bier Tek Conference
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC Presents at the Siemens Bier Tek Conference

I recently presented at the inaugural Siemens Bier Tek conference in San Diego. Bier Tek was designed to help micro-brewers and craft brewers learn about how to take advantage of technology to improve their brewing operations. DMC partnered with Siemens MES to showcase the Simatic IT Line Monitoring System (LMS) software package. Simatic IT LMS is an ideal platform to help even small brewers improve performance in the filling and packaging areas of their breweries.  The LMS presentati...

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Geek Challenge Results: March Madness Part II
Kevin Ferrigno

Geek Challenge Results: March Madness Part II

A big question that lingered after looking at the results of the geek challenge was how much luck played into the outcome against how strong any specific entry was over any other.  Most entries relied heavily on seeding and used other factors to tweak the effect of the overall seeding. Only Dan Freve chose a different approach, weighting strength of schedule heavily and actually using a negative coefficient on the tournament seed. His formula is reasonable, somewhat mimicking the RPI rating...

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Geek Challenge Results: March Madness Part I
Kevin Ferrigno

Geek Challenge Results: March Madness Part I

Congratulations to Dean Schmitz, who earned victory in the March Madness Geek Challenge thanks to Kentucky’s win over Kansas in the final. He used his superior average bracket score to best Dan Freve, who turned in the tournament's highest individual bracket. Six of our seven entrants centered their choices primarily around tournament seed, while DMC employee Dan Freve chose to highlight a combination of Win-Loss percentage and strength of schedule. Both methods proved effective as ...

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