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 to convince your boss to bet on digital transformation

We are already familiar with the story of having to convince someone about digital transformation: you found a fast, cheap and efficient solution for your factory, you left the last project meeting excited, but you still don't know how to persuade your boss. The ROI is positive, he can take a lot of benefits from it, so can you, and the company will win. But you can't make him/her jump in. It can be frustrating to go through a situation like the one above. But the idea of this article is to help you implement something new by convincing your boss of how important it is for everyone. And that's the first tip: everyone needs to realize that they are winning. First of all: it's all about negotiation Like it or not, you are a negotiator. Negotiation is a fact of life. These two sentences open one of the most important and best-selling books on the art of negotiating, "Getting to Yes" (Penguin Books), by authors William L. Ury, Roger Fisher. If we are all the time making agreements and resolving conflicts of interest in our lives, it is also true that, in a negotiation, the road…

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PackIOT has been shortlisted for NOS and AWS innovation program on 5G

We are honored to announce that we have been selected to be part of the 5G Accelerator - Collaborative innovation program is an initiative by NOS and AWS (Amazon Web Services), in partnership with Startup Lisboa, to accelerate 5G transformation and innovation in Portugal. With much faster speeds (up to 10 times faster than 4G), low latency (instant and real-time response to any command), and the ability to connect millions of devices, 5G will be one of the main drivers of the digital economy. There were only 15 companies selected from a list of hundreds of competitors, and PackIOT is the only one focused 100% on technology for the manufacturing industry. "We are very excited to be part of this program. 5G technology is going to have a big impact on production processes and in the digital transformation of the industry. And this is all part of our mission and vision"- Cristiano Wuerzius, CEO of PackIOT. With this program, NOS and AWS intend to support the construction of an ecosystem of innovation and 5G entrepreneurship ecosystem in Portugal, leading the digital transformation and fostering the creation of opportunities associated with the new mobile technology.

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Lean Manufacturing Implementation: from zero to hero

For any type of business that wants to be successful, they will need to understand and fully implement the lean manufacturing principles. This is a business concept that has been around for decades but it is only now that the actual effects of the lean manufacturing method are being felt. If you go back to the 1970s, many large corporations tried to use lean manufacturing methods as a way to cut costs and improve productivity. But now, almost every major company that you look to for a new job or even an employee is doing this. What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean manufacturing, or Lean production, is a management philosophy from the Toyota Production System that focuses on reducing the seven types of waste (overproduction, lead time, transportation, overprocessing, inventory, motion, and defects). By eliminating this waste, quality improves and production time and costs decrease. Lean tools include continuous review processes (kaizen), pull production (in the kanban sense), and fail-safe elements/processes (Poka-Yoke). Lean Manufacturing was developed by Toyota executive Taiichi Ohno during Japan's post-World War II reconstruction period. The term was coined in 1988 by John Krafcik, but more clearly defined and popularized by James P. Womack and…

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How finance professionals play a key role on digital transformation in manufacturing

A worldwide survey by KPMG carried out in partnership with Forbes, entitled"Digital Transformation", pointed out that 79% of 261 CFOs had already started the digital transformation procedure in the companies they lead. The poll also showed that this movement has opened the way for the introduction of more advanced emerging technology such as large data, computer vision, and machine learning. These capacities can provide information and help companies respond more efficiently to business fluctuations. The intelligent automation provides professionals with the essential information-gathering tools for decision making and enables them to concentrate more on approach. "What we've seen, lately, is that this procedure has also been intensified in the finance function in the other organizations due to the urgent need for automation which has arisen in the face of the challenges imposed by the social distancing determined as a health measure to fight Covid-19", points KPMG. In our daily dealings with factories in a variety of areas of the planet, we've seen many fund managers who are more open to electronic transformation. The covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this process, sometimes in a tumultuous manner. But we believe it is a road with no turning back. Contracts are…

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Digital Maturity in the Packaging Industry Benchmark Report

PackIOT decided to create a Benchmark Report to understand how digital mature are the packaging manufacturers around the globe. The goal of this benchmark report is to help the packaging industries to have a better understanding of itself during the journey through Digital Transformation. If the Digital Transformation could be defined as the attempt of companies and businesses to use technology and tools to innovate certain processes and products within the enterprise environment, the Digital Maturity would be the stage that the company is during this transformation. A digital mature organization is more prepared to respond and take advantage of technological innovations.  And that is why you should get a full understanding of what is your stage of Digital Maturity and where you are among the whole packaging industries. To build a complete report, we are approaching themes like: the importance of a transparent, easy and accessible information flow inside the factory; how involving people with different specializations in specific projects can bring success to your company; real-time data collection to see the trends, get insights and identify what is harming the manufacturing proccess; using the fast information flow to act upon unexpected problems in a short period of time; and…

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The Cosmetics Industry Is Being Transformed By Industry 4.0

By Mariana Costa, Marketing Specialist at PackIOT Today, more than ever before, the beauty and cosmetics industry is starting to experience what it is like to have technological innovation at the heart of its value chain, contributing to higher performances, greater agility and flexibility. This not only applies to the consumer but also to the employees since it simplifies and facilitates their everyday and enables better ergonomics. What does innovating mean? Not only means to be able to rely on the expertise of the teams but doing so while adopting the latest 4.0 technologies with cutting-edge capabilities, to create the most efficient solutions and conditions both for employees and consumers. We have already mentioned several times how Industry 4.0 and technological innovation concerns all parties of the value chain and the different fields of an industrial group, such as: research and development, environment, design, production and digital, for example. It is also crucial for operations and performance management. This is an omnipresent component from design to distribution, product development and manufacturing. Production processes in the cosmetics industry will only become more networked. Centrally controlled plants will be replaced by production systems which allow the communication between machines,…

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When Is The Best Time To Integrate an ERP With Your Production Analytics Software?

By Fernando Pacheco, COO at PackIOT We have constantly been talking about how digital transformation in the industry should start with baby steps or pilot projects (or MVP, if you are already familiar with this concept). Manufacturing plants around the world have been looking for production optimization and Industry 4.0 solutions, and there is always one question on top of the decision tables: when is the best time to integrate an ERP with your production analytics software? We will explore this topic throughout this article but one thing is already clear: ideally, you should not integrate any new software with ERP from the start. Example: Are you implementing a MES or an IoT system? The first step is to make sure the roll-out will be a success. After, you can focus on the other integrations. 1_Each thing is a unique thing: ERP Enterprise Resource Planning is an information system that links all the data and processes of an organization into a single system. The interconnection can be seen from the functional perspective (finance, accounting, human resources, manufacturing, marketing, sales, purchasing, etc.) and from the systemic perspective (transaction processing system, management information systems, decision support systems, etc.). ERP is…

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