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Muda is the Japanese word for "wastefulness" and was initially popularized by Toyota as the main concept behind lean manufacturing. Muda refers to any activity that consumes resources without adding any value to the end product, including waste, overproduction, defects,

Almost everything in our homes has become a smart device, from refrigerators and thermostats to lights and televisions, with a U.S. household having 22 connected devices on average. But despite the rapid proliferation of devices, there are still security concerns. Nearly

In our extensive conversations with industry leaders across four continents, a recurring theme has emerged: the persistent challenge of internal resource constraints and overwhelming workloads in the realm of digital transformation. According to 2020 research by Gartner, 79% of organizations

Today customers expect higher quality products, consistency in production, improved operating practices, stricter adherence to safety and environmental regulations, and customized products. Therefore, to remain competitive, manufacturers must meet these growing expectations by tapping into process data produced by their

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing software systems. Francisco Lobo, the CEO of Critical Manufacturing, shares his insights and vision on how AI is shaping the future of

You don’t have to agree with environmental policies to know that sustainability is a part of business and life today. Supply chain partners, regulators, customers, and investors are demanding more environmental accountability from manufacturers—and with good cause. According to the

Modern manufacturing has undergone profound changes in the past two decades due to the advent of advanced technology and the digital age. Among these changes is the move towards connected manufacturing, which is known as Industry 4.0. As a result of

The promise of Industry 4.0 has many manufacturing leaders thinking big. They envision a future in which real-time access to data opens the door to unprecedented levels of operational flexibility, predictability, and business improvement. For many, early-stage wins often lead

Industry 4.0 adopters in factories around the world recognize that industrial data is gold. More users and systems want access to this data in real time to convert it into valuable information they can act on to predict machine failure,