Interview with an Expert

Achieving New Levels of Efficiency and Reliability Through Performance Management Systems

Peter Thuering shares his insight into how specialty chemicals companies are utilizing performance management systems to increase productivity and efficiency, including some of his recent experiences with customers in the industry.

Interview with an Expert

Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Batch Operations

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) has proved to be helpful for continuous processes, but can the same principles be applied to improve equipment effectiveness in batch operations? The short answer is, yes. With some refocused metrics, manufacturers that run batch processes can shorten cycle times and address their own high-value problems by correlating performance, downtime and quality to products and equipment. We spoke with Stuart Forrest, MES Business Consultant for AspenTech, to get the inside scoop on batch OEE and find out what kind of results manufacturers can expect by tracking it through an advanced MES solution.

Interview with an Expert

Digital Transformation with Vertical Integration: an Expert’s Perspective

Digital transformation seeks to use technology to achieve your goals: fewer errors, more production, better product quality and improved customer service. The vertical integration of enterprise and IT technologies — also known as “smart manufacturing” or Industry 4.0 — synchronizes commercial systems, such as production orders from the enterprise resource planning system, with manufacturing systems like the distributed control systems, weigh scales or barcode readers. Learn how you how can reduce product quality errors, batch cycle times and operating costs through vertical integration.

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