What is Unified Namespace and why you need to implement it to experience Industry 4.0

By  Mario Ishikawa and Alexandre Patrus Many digital transformation actors are not yet familiar with Unified Namespace. Also abbreviated as UNS, this term was coined by Walker Reynolds, president of 4.0 Solutions, to designate a concept that allows real-time processing and traffic of contextualized, normalized, and aggreagted informatoin. Therefore, the UNS is neither a product nor a system, but a central tool for the Industry 4.0 scenario. And in this article we will explain why. It is very common for people to think that there is no data collection and processing problem in their companies, because the Industry 3.0 and factory automation scenario already works with data collection. However, when we talk abou Industry 4.0, we are talking about a much larger amount of equipment connected to a plant's network. And the UNS comes to help enabling the scalability of your digital transformation strategy. Industry 3.0 x Industry 4.0: what are the main differences in data flow? In this example, we can see a typical Industry 3.0 scenario: data flows in one direction only. It goes from the sensors to the PLCs, from the PLCs to the SCADA or MES systems, and sometimes also to the ERP.…

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How CEOs, owners and board members play a key role in digital transformation in manufacturing

This topic is almost an obsession in our PackIOT leadership conversations and in our team meetings. Every day we interact with customers and leads from around the globe, read reports, listen to podcasts, take courses on the future of the industry, and everything is heading in the same direction: CEOs, Owners or Board Members play a key role in the digital transformation journey of a factory. For many, many years, the top layer of the SME industry has been in love with modern machines. A dear person always said: this folks like to go to trade shows and come back with new machines. Not being a guy who comes from an industrial background, I thought this was a joke. Until I started seeing LinkedIn posts of CEOs doing photos and videos, even to this day. And from there came one of the main personal and corporate missions of recent times for us: to help CEOs pull innovation and digital transformation in their factories. We've been trying to do this in various ways, with free educational content, case studies, and raising awareness in the manufacturing community, especially in the packaging, cosmetics, food and beverage and Pharma sectors. This…

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91% of manufacturing companies have increased their digital transformation investments, tells report

An international report developed by Fictiv and Dimensional Research states that the pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technologies. While a lot of the past year has been responding to the crisis, the report finds that in 2021 the companies were planning and rushing to increase manufacturing agility. And that is the main reason why 91% of manufacturing companies have increased their digital transformation investments. According to the report, that you can find here, 95% said the pandemic has had long-term effects on their business and the manufacturing industry will never go back to the way things were. "From automation to sustainability, we are seeing a tremendous shift of strategic priorities for manufacturing companies, led by the very highest levels of leadership. Speed, agility, and resilience are the key business outcomes and digital manufacturing is the current that runs through every innovation initiative." It is also important to point out that 77% stated their investment increase in digital transformation was significant or dramatic and 95% agree that digital transformation in manufacturing is essential to their company's future success. Since Digital Transformation can be defined as a phenomenon which incorporates the use of digital technology to traditional problem-solving, we…

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Pack Expo 2021: top 10 packaging events to attend this year

If you are missing visiting a trade show, we think it is time for you to start preparing to attend one. Organizers are planning their events with all safety requirements. People seem very happy to be back on the road, doing business in person. Everyone we are starting to meet share the same feeling: it is great that we've learned to hold some meetings online, making things more productive, but nothing replaces a firm hand shake and looking in the eyes. To make your life easier, we have prepared a guide best 10 Pack Expo, Packaging Expo, Trade Shows, Fairs, Exposition, Exhibition, Events to attend in 2021. Download the Ultimate List with more than 150 Packaging Events Worldwide: 2021 & 2022 October Plastics Extrusion World Expo Pharmapack Europe Expo / Healthcare Packaging Expo October 13-14, 2021 Paris, France Launched in 1997, Pharmapack is the European event for Pharmaceutical Packaging, Drug Delivery, Medical Devices and Machinery. Pharmapack started as a biannual conference and exhibition, taking place every other year in Paris, until industry developments demanded a more frequent event to help the industry stay up to date on the latest trends, developments and regulations. In the past 20+…

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Key Steps To Start Deploying Analytics On The Shop Floor

By Mario Ishikawa, CTO at PackIOT Industry 4.0 is happening but the reality is that most companies are handling data on paper. To think about analytics on the shop floor, one of the first things to be done is to automate not only the process, but the data collection and transformation. This is a key step to think about Artificial Intelligence or other terms like Digital Twins and that is how Industry 4.0 has to start. Can you imagine a Digital Twin relying on manual input? It does not even make sense, so before we talk about it we have to make sure we have all the required data available in open format, as opposed to data silos, and collected in an automated process. So, how to start with Analytics? And where? It is good to start thinking about what you want to measure. Thinking about analytics, you probably want a good picture of how the production process is going, how machines and shifts are performing so you can understand how it can be improved. And this is where OEE takes place. OEE stands for Overall Equipment Efficiency and was coined by Seiichi Nakajima. OEE basically transforms…

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Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry has a long way to go, tells international report

To help people better understand how dig into Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation the Packaging Industry is, PackIOT developed a new study called Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry. We invited people, from 28 different countries, to describe their packaging factories, data collection and data analysis processes, the metrics and KPIs they follow and softwares they use. Download it now for free! In particular, we were interested in understanding what is the level of digital maturity that the packaging industry is experiencing. We also asked what kind of softwares and tools they have in the factories: ERP, MES, Production Analytics, PLCs. And what kind of production insights they are able to access with those tools. We discovered that the survey findings' identifies a lot of room for improvement in the Packaging Industry. Companies struggle to identify their bottlenecks and to keep track of their OEE. Automatic data collection is not a trend yet, goals are not openly discussed and few plants know if they are on track on planned downtimes. I want to see the full report! You will also be able to compare your plant to others based on the number of employees. Some other insights…

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50 free courses that every modern industry professional should be aware of

Do you want to stand out in your company, get a raise, and be a performer with better results? So this free special list is for you. According to McKinsey, the future of work will require two types of changes across the workforce: upskilling, in which staff gain new skills to help in their current roles, and reskilling, in which staff need the capabilities to take on different or entirely new roles. The key to adapt to the future of work in the manufacturing industry is to acquire knowledge on areas that will help you in the Industry 4.0 environment. And that is why PackIOT developed the special list: 50 Free Courses and Webinars that every modern industry professional should be aware of. This Free Special List covers areas that are trending on the Manufacturing Industry: 01. Digital Transformation This area covers topics like: sustainability through digital transformation, how to build a digital transformation strategy and leadership in digital transformation. 02. Lean Manufacturing and Production Improvement Fundamental principles, practices and tools of Lean Six Sigma, the Hidden Value of lean manufacturing and services and more.  03. Leadership, Management and Future of Work Will automation take away our…

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Your factory may truly disappear if you don’t take care of digitalization. And this is not a rumor

It is hard to talk about the disappearance of companies, the innovation gap, or the loss of market potential without remembering Kodak. If this story is already familiar to you, feel free to skip to the next topic. If not, read it carefully (please). If we stepped back in time a couple of decades to buy a camera: it would not be strange if the camera, its film, and finally the photograph were provided by the same supplier: Kodak. The famous company was founded in 1888 and for a long time one of the most valuable brands in the USA. Knowing the rise and fall of Kodak is an excellent way to understand how difficult it is to maintain a great business in this world of dizzying changes, where it is usual to see giants of the industry fall. The case of Kodak is exemplary: the first digital camera was born in their laboratories (1975) and they began to launch their first digital cameras to the market in the nineties. They were warned at least 10 years in advance of the relevance that digital photography would have and still went under. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy.…

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How data can help you to get a wage increase in manufacturing. Boost your income with simple steps

Manufacturing is still the 1st employer in the EU and 5th in the US. The strength of the industry can be seen in various global reports and companies have revolutionized the way they produce goods and products. And these changes lead to incredible opportunities for professionals who constantly prepare and train themselves. This naturally drives us to other possibilities: better jobs, vertical promotions, and internal salary increases. But how do you combine digital transformation/data with professional opportunities? This is the intent of this short guide. Be aware of your company's main numbers and goals Having clear information on the numbers that matter most to your plant is critical (outside the plant as well). It will make you reason about the data in your area and in your own work more clearly. In this way, your actions will be focused on generating value for your daily performance, for your sector, and for the company's objectives. Knowing these numerical details can make all the difference in the next steps of your career. If you don't know these numbers yet, ask your boss about them. Simple like that! Show interest and your life is going to be easier, you will…

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How you can adopt Post-Consumer Recycled to make your Packaging Industry greener

Sustainability is the number one question for packaging manufacturers around the world. Brands from all over the world have established environmental goals. They are demanding for a sustainable product  from the packaging industry and seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. The easiest approach for them to achieve this goal is requesting from the packaging industry an ecological friendly packaging like Post-Consumer Recycled packaging. The three main sustainable options for environmentally responsible packaging are recyclable, biodegradable and post-consumer recycled. Recyclable can be reprocessed into new products after they have been used, biodegradable packaging has an ability to break down naturally into non-toxic component substances and the post-consumer recycled (PCR) is a collected, cleaned, reprocessed and remade material that consumers have already used and discarded. A local recycling facility collects these used materials, such as aluminium, paper, plastic and cardboard, separates them by type and sells them to companies that seek to reprocess it into a new product. The biggest impact of using PCR materials on packaging is reducing your factory's carbon footprint. For example, on the last ADF Digital Days, Dr. Martin Hartmann, Head of Corporate Quality Management of Nussbaum, explained that it takes 6.7g of CO2 to…

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