Overcoming MedTech Challenge #3: Mass Customization and 3D Printing

Patients are bringing a consumer mindset to healthcare interactions and medtech companies are creating consumer-oriented technologies to improve the experience. Innovation is allowing the personalization of devices at scale via 3D printing. Healthcare reimbursement models are becoming more closely tied to patient satisfaction, elevating the urgency for an improved experience. Here are a few key…

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Overcoming MedTech Challenge #2: Intelligent Data Analytics

Increased complexity in products, global supply chains, regulatory landscapes and the rise of the Internet of Medical Things are generating big data, including exponential growth in digital sources of various types, input rates, communication channels and accuracy. Analyzing this data would help manufacturers to identify factors that affect productions costs and quality, but most medical…

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The Essentials of Siemens Opcenter Execution Process 3.0

We are thrilled to bring you this rich new version of our MES for process industries: Siemens Opcenter Execution Process 3.0. This version focuses on integration, connectivity and orchestration as well as visibility and traceability of operations and materials. This is possible thanks to 6 major new features • Equipment- and task-driven automation connectivity •…

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Narayan Powertech gets big win with SIMATIC IT Preactor APS

  Another huge success story in the application of Advanced Planning and Scheduling technology, Siemens’ SIMATIC IT Preactor APS. Narayan Powertech needed support for its growing transformer manufacturing business. Its decision to deploy SIMATIC IT Preactor APS paid off:   Increased capacity utilization and inventory turns by 15 to 20 percent Delivered dynamic and proactive…

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Chief Innovations in Siemens Opcenter Execution Discrete 3.0

We are excited to announce this new feature-rich version of our MES for discrete industries: Siemens Opcenter Execution Discrete 3.0. Siemens Opcenter Execution is the first release of solutions within the Siemens Opcenter MOM portfolio. These MES solutions are available off the shelf with industry-specific capabilities to support the unique manufacturing requirements of Siemens customers.…

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Integrated Quality Tools for Supplier Quality Management

Increasing global competition over the past decade has forced automotive OEMs and their suppliers to improve quality and efficiency. There is a growing need for tools that make it possible to measure the quality processes used by each member of the supply chain, since the OEMs are committed to providing quality products for their customers.…

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Optimizing Quality in Industrial Manufacturing with FMEA and SPC

Innovative processes and new technologies together are having a huge impact on the internal complexity and cost of manufacturing. The way in which manufacturers of industrial machinery adjust to these new challenges plays a crucial role in their competitiveness. Of fundamental importance is ensuring and documenting product quality.   In this new environment, the old…

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Manufacturing Product Quality Excellence

Medical Device and Diagnostic (MD&D) manufacturers have an opportunity to transform their relationship with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and in the process to improve their manufacturing performance and bottom line. The keys to this transformation? A new paradigm at the FDA, and the digitalization needed to make this paradigm work successfully.  …

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Now Available: Preactor APS version 17.2

We are excited to announce the latest version of APS has been released! Preactor APS Version 17.2 features improvements to Advanced Planning, material pegging and Gantt interaction. Preactor software is a family of production planning and scheduling products that improve the synchronization of your manufacturing processes, giving you greater visibility and control to increase resource utilization and…

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Why digitalization is changing everything in MedTech

It’s impossible to exaggerate how profoundly the digital revolution has already impacted our lives, from banking, shipping, home-buying to the way we communicate, get news, and perform our work. Digitalization has opened up new and more efficient ways to get products, and has forever changed consumer expectations as well as supply chain demands. When applied…

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Empowering the Planner

Not knowing that it was impossible, he went there and did it.” This adaptation of a great quote from the French thinker Jean Cocteau still seems to be the only modus operandi for companies large and small across the industrial spectrum — especially when it comes to planning. The idea behind the quote is to…

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ERP – Making the Investment Work using APS

The materials war has been won (via MRP and/or Kanban control), the capacity war has just started. Companies with a high cost of raw materials and/or high value of end products are trying to move towards make to order and away from make to stock but in doing this many are finding that a knowledge…

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Crossing the Chasm from ERP to APS

Today we well know that, with few exceptions, ERP systems assume adequate resources are available when required, i.e. resources have infinite capacity. ERP systems have a BOM exploder and inventory control data that typically take orders for products, breaks them down into component parts and calculates when to start making them based on the individual…

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SIEMENS OPCENTER A reflection of our commitment to your digital transformation

We are excited to announce the introduction of our new, harmonized manufacturing operations management (MOM) portfolio, ‘Siemens Opcenter.’   This launch is the result of our relentless effort to integrate and harmonize our MOM software portfolio, creating user-friendly and industry-centric solutions to support manufacturing excellence.   Siemens Opcenter includes MOM capabilities for advanced planning and…

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New Interactive Game! Hands on with Advanced Planning and Scheduling

How good are you at planning and scheduling? Play the Preactor Planning and Scheduling Game!   You will have to : Choose your character – either Theo, a product manager, or Victor, a planning manager Understand the manufacturing operations required for production Place operations in order across production resources Consider machine and staff availability Schedule…

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Solution Showcase: Preactor AS Express

From strategic planning to detailed scheduling, APS is essential for anticipating manufacturing resource needs; orchestrating efficient use of material, people, and machines; and delivering great customer service and higher profitability. Whether you are streamlining your current operations, or building the next stage of growth, clear visibility into utilization and capacity helps you make informed decisions…

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Whats New In Preactor APS 17.1

  Preactor APS 17.1 Features improved operation properties, properties display and Valor Production Plan integration. Summary: Benefits • New operation properties display panel • Improved operation properties profiles and management • Out-of-the-box integration with Valor® Production Plan software Features • New operation properties profiles • New operation properties panel with highlighting • New integration with…

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Whats New In Preactor APS 17

Preactor APS 17 Features improved scheduling rules and enhanced overview. Benefits • Improved APS scheduling rules • Improved overview, supporting multiple Gantt plots and utilization panes • Improved import performance Features • Preferred sequence campaigning mode • Improved minimize overall setup rule • Improved sequencer overview Summary Preactor software is a family of production planning…

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Siemens Acquires Preactor

By acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK, Siemens further expands its international lead in the industry software market. Preactor’s APS software solutions will add significant new components to the Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

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Get a Glimpse of Preactor 400 GMPS

400 GMPS Is Nearly Here To be launched this year, Preactor 400 GMPS promises to be the essential tool for companies who want to enhance competitiveness, increase profits and improve customer service. Preactor 400 GMPS has an interactive capacity usage diagram allowing the user to drag and drop batches to immediately see the impact on…

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The Leanest Lean you have ever Seen – how APS can get you to 95% Fat Free Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is currently one of the buzz words in industry and quite rightly so. Most companies are under pressure to produce more products in shorter delivery times, without visibility of future demand and with fewer inventories. That’s quite a feat to achieve. The question always arises as to whether there is a place for IT in lean manufacturing initiatives…

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