Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

The Factory of the Future: Points to Consider

We are truly living in a fascinating time where things once only dreamed about in science fiction are becoming reality: driverless cars, appliances that text you when they need servicing, home security technology that allows you to track your children’s movements from your smartphone, and home healthcare wearable technology that can alert you if your elderly loved one falls.

These are just a few of the hundreds of ways consumers are taking advantage of this new technology landscape brought to you by the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables the automated transmission of information over a network without need for human intervention. Just as the consumer world is changing at light speed with the adoption of IoT technology, the manufacturing world also is in the midst of an IoT revolution. IoT is enabling manufacturers to gain competitive advantage and lay a foundation for the factory of the future with smart connected operations, smart connected assets and the smart connected enterprise. These initiatives to modernize manufacturing plants and facilities will have a huge impact on workers and organizations.

Leading global manufacturers across various industry verticals are putting together strategies that leverage IoT technology to modernize their processes and organizations.  Analyst firm LNS Research sees four main areas for manufacturers to consider when developing their IoT strategy: connectivity, cloud, big data analytics and application development. In this recent article, "The Factory of the Future..." published by Supply and Demand Chain Executive, find out more about each of those areas individually and how they all work together to create a factory of the future. And let us know your thoughts on the Factory of the Future.

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

What are Manufacturers Doing with the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a very hot topic in 2015. The application of IoT technology to common manufacturing processes has moved from being strictly theoretical to the new way that manufacturers are doing business today. Analyst research firm LNS Research recently posted an interesting article on 5 Strategies to Achieve Quality Improvement with the IIot, where they revealed that 37% of 685 survey respondents expect to invest in IoT over the next 12 months. But what exactly are these companies leveraging IoT for? Check out the slide below.


Read the LNS article for their take on quality improvements that can be enabled with IoT technology. And let us know what your company is doing with IoT!

Thursday Nov 19, 2015

New SCM Cloud Plan to Produce Materials Available

In a recent press release, Oracle announced the availability of two new SCM cloud products, Oracle Manufacturing Cloud and Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud. These two products, together with Inventory and Cost Management Cloud, form Oracle’s Plan to Produce solution, a comprehensive and integrated suite of supply chain cloud applications. They are designed to help industrial manufacturing and high technology companies achieve manufacturing excellence while avoiding the costs of expensive hardware and system management overhead. Plan to Produce provides integrated planning, manufacturing, and supply chain materials management with embedded analytics, and outstanding ease of use, enhancing user productivity. Desktop, tablet, mobile, scanning and social technologies are combined to provide a state-of-the-art cloud solution for manufacturing companies.

Check out the new material available on Oracle’s Plan to Produce solution:

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

SCM Cloud Article in SearchManufacturingERP

Check out this recent article by David Essex with SearchManufacturingERP. It showcases the latest SCM Cloud offerings and explains how Oracle cloud ERP is branching out into manufacturing, as well as supply and demand planning. Click here to read the full article.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm

Friday Oct 23, 2015

Planning + Manufacturing=Plan to Produce in the Cloud

Check out this new overview video featuring Oracle SCM Cloud's Plan to Produce solution, which combines the planning capabilities available in Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud with the manufacturing capabilities in Oracle Manufacturing Cloud. Let us know what you think!

Thursday Aug 06, 2015

National Oilwell Varco Uses Oracle for Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is a manufacturing company that provides tools, advanced equipment, technical expertise, and operational support to the drilling and production industry. The company operates three lines of business:

1. NOV Rig Systems and Aftermarket makes and supports the world’s most advanced drilling solutions.
2. NOV Completion & Production Solutions helps well intervention service providers and oil and gas producers complete projects on target, delivering new levels of productivity.
3. NOV Wellbore Technologies integrates people, products, and technology to help producers reach new levels of efficiency and productivity, and enhance drilling performance at the rig─both on-land and offshore. It includes six lines of business: Tuboscope, WellSite Services, IntelliServ, Drilling and Intervention, Dynamic Drilling Solutions, and Grant Prideco.

NOV uses Oracle to deliver engineered-to-order products on time and under budget. In addition, NOV used Oracle to create supply chain dashboards to support the manufacturing-based business, helping to avoid production delays and ensure timely and on-budget completion of customer orders. To find out more about how National Oilwell Varco is using Oracle, check out this video and read this customer success story.


Monday Aug 03, 2015

Lifecell Implements Oracle Process Manufacturing

LifeCell, a leading developer of innovative tissue regeneration products for use in the reconstructive and orthopedic surgical procedures, has implemented Oracle Process Manufacturing and Oracle EBS 12.1.3 to redesign and streamline business processes and ensure regulatory compliance and traceability. Click here to read the complete story.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/scm

Wednesday Jul 08, 2015

New! Manufacturing Solution Space

Oracle has developed a one-stop shop for the most comprehensive source of Modern Manufacturing content where you can learn how to streamline your entire production cycle using Oracle’s Manufacturing solutions. Find everything you need from demos, customer success stories, upcoming events, and more. Browse this brand new solution space here

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/scm

Thursday Jun 11, 2015

New Video on Oracle In-Memory Cost Management Solutions

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions allow businesses to drive their strategic cost management objectives by helping to maximize gross margins and gross profits, optimize product cost structures through minimizing component costs, create profitable product mixes across their global operations, and find the right products to both increase penetration in existing markets and enter new markets. To find out more about these innovative new solutions, check out this new Oracle In-Memory Cost Management overview video:

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions provide a bottom-up approach to maximizing profit and margins by enabling real-time insight into all aspects of cost management. Its extreme performance is possible because of the gamechanging technical innovations of the Oracle Database In-Memory option and Oracle Engineered Systems. For more information on these solutions, check out: Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries and Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries.


Monday Jun 08, 2015

Opportunities for Smarter Supply Chains

IndustryWeek just posted a byline article written by Oracle's Maha Muzumdar and Margie Steele. The article focuses on the Internet of Things and how smarter supply chains enabled by IoT can help manufacturers better understand their demand and inventory, accelerate innovation, and improve quality.  Click here for the complete article.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/scm

Wednesday Mar 25, 2015

Suguna Foods Improves Production Control

Suguna Foods is one of the top-10 poultry companies worldwide. With an upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Suguna has standardized business processes, including sales, production, procurement, inventory, and poultry-health maintenance across 20,000 farms.

Oracle Process Manufacturing allows them to accurately calculate and capture actual batch-feed costs, providing the right amounts of ingredients required to produce the correct feed recipe for specific poultry types throughout their lifecycles. Click here for the story.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

India-Based Poultry Producer Suguna Foods Manages Risk and Saves Costs with Oracle

Founded in 1984, Suguna Foods Ltd. is a leading producer of broiler chickens in India and is one of the top-10 poultry companies worldwide. With more than 60% of the country’s poultry produced through Suguna Foods’ contract-farming model, the company has helped to protect over 20,000 rural farmers from market risks, such as daily fluctuations in broiler pricing, to provide farmers with consistent incomes and improve their livelihoods. With the upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Suguna has realized a number of improvements including:[Read More]

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Mobility in Manufacturing: Points for Consideration

Clearly, we are living in a mobile world. At the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit last week, if you looked in any session room or in the hallways, you could see people on their mobile devices doing things like checking email, tweeting, taking pictures and arranging their schedules. During the sessions, there were some fascinating presentations and demos across all Value Chain solution areas on using mobile technology to perform critical business tasks such as managing and maintaining remote assets, reporting equipment issues and providing status reports on inventory.

During one of the Manufacturing solution area keynotes, Mobility in Manufacturing, LNS Research President and Principal Analyst Matthew Littlefield presented on industry trends. He closed out the session with a few recommendations that companies might want to consider as they develop their mobile strategies:

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Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

The Future of Manufacturing: Predictions for 2015

With the new year, it is interesting to reflect and see how new concepts like The Internet of Things and Big Data are now maturing and being applied in exciting and innovative new ways. At the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit, particularly for the Manufacturing and Maintenance communities, there will be several sessions dedicated to The Internet of Things, Big Data, Mobility, and of course, Cloud. One of the keynote speakers in the Manufacturing general session, Mobility for Manufacturing, is LNS Research President and Principal Analyst, Matthew Littlefield. To get a preview on what he might discuss during his presentation, check out his latest blog, 3 Industrial Internet of Things Predictions for 2015, where Matthew writes about the emergence of the industrial IoT platform, smart connected assets and smart connected operations--all concepts that are defining the future of manufacturing.


Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Mobile Technology is Revolutionizing the Manufacturing Environment

In 1876, in the midst of the industrial revolution, inventor Alexander Graham Bell succeeded in making the first telephone call. 97 years later, in 1973, the first mobile call was made. Since then, it is an understatement to say that mobile technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Mobile technology is leading another industrial revolution--one in which manufacturing processes and procedures can be greatly managed and executed from devices small enough to fit into a pocket.[Read More]
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