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Finding the key to productivity improvement

Suzanne Gill reports on the productivity conundrum facing the food industry and looks at an OEE tool which can identify areas in the food factory where improvements can be made.
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Visualising plant floor excellence

An IDC Manufacturing Insights whitepaper has identified some recent trends for manufacturing operations management across Europe. Control Engineering Europe looks at the main points to come out of the research.
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Optimising all your assets

In the current economic climate it is vital to establish strategies to remain competitive and profitable. This can mean either reducing costs of all kinds, or improving the yield, and therefore the yield-cost ratio, preferably both.


  1. 10/10/2011 MES – meeting the need for improved food safety

    Steve Diggines, business leader – Europe at STICORP, discusses the US Modernization Act and considers its impact on European based food and beverage manufacturers that export to the US.

  2. 21/06/2011 MES: the next generation?

    The terminology of MES 2.0 for a new generation of Manufacturing Execution Systems is not a new one. Bas Broers, technical lead, Manufacturing Execution Systems at Honeywell Process Solutions, explains how MES solutions have matured to a level that makes them incomparable to system offerings of just a few years ago.

  3. 31/05/2011 Tackling preventative maintenance in a targeted way

    Products4Automation has launched PILOT Maintain, the latest module in its Felten PILOT MES platform which makes it possible to plan preventative maintenance for all devices, systems and machines relevant for the production process in a targeted way.

  4. 04/05/2010 Frost and Sullivan forecasts growth in MES market

    Rising competition among end users is driving growth in the European MES (Manufacturing Execution System) market, according to a recent report by Frost and Sullivan. The market analysis firm says end users from both process and discrete industries are going to invest in MES to boost productivity.