MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY IN DISCRETE AND PROCESS MANUFACTURING
Winter 2014 issue summary
Editorial submissions: 5 November
Advertising submissions: 12 November
Publication date: 5 December
Prime provides a digest of new product launches, as well as the latest customer wins, acquisitions and industry trends.
This section provides a range of thought leadership articles that give insight into industry trends from CxO level technology leaders.
Prime talks to senior executives from the manufacturing industry to get their perspective about issues that are affecting their sector. Previous contributors include Philippe Thuvien at L’Oreal and Bernard Charlès, CEO of Dassault Systèmes.
Building intelligent products
The way products are built, serviced and used is changing. Embedded sensors, built-in software and real-time remote diagnostics platforms are now making their way into cars, washing machines, fridges and so on, and this is bringing a new level of complexity to the manufacturing process, requiring companies to bring together numerous disciplines such as mechanics, electronics and software engineering. We speak to Microsoft, its partners and analysts to find out more about what technologies and collaboration strategies can help manufacturers tackle the product development challenges posed by intelligent systems today.
Big data in process manufacturing
Over the last couple of decades, manufacturers have successfully implemented lean and Six Sigma programmes to help reduce waste and variability in their production processes and dramatically improve product quality and yield. But today, given the complexity of production activities that influence yield in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors, it’s clear that manufacturers need a more granular approach to diagnosing and correcting process flaws. So how can process manufacturing companies use big data to assess and improve their practices? That’s the question we aim to answer in this issue of Prime.
Prime highlights successful technology implementations at leading manufacturers.
This piece provides readers with a light-hearted profile of one of the industry’s personalities. Past interviewees include Lotus F1’s IT/IS director Graeme Hackland and ICONICS CEO Russ Agrusa.