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What it means to digitize processes: Pt.6

We have reached the end of the digitization process Or better... the most important... most advanced part is missing. In fact, we have reached the top of what we mean today when we talk about the digitization process. In this last episode we will talk about something...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.5

In the fifth episode we’ll approach the reality that concerns logistics. It’s a reality through which the digitization can do and give a lot in order to improve productivity, flow speed and the improvement of the quality of the products. Resume of the previous...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.4

In this episode, we’ll continue our digitization route in order to improve our performances. This time we’ll pay particular attention to another of the three KPIs monitored with the OEE: quality. Resume of the previous episodes  We started digitizing the performances...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.3

Here we are back with the third episode! We’ve already digitized a lot and we consequently reached crucial efficiency objectives. That’s not the end though as we can still improve a lot. Let’s see how: Resume of the previous episodes  We’ve used a PLC, an HMI and the...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.2

Here we come with the second step of digitization of an environment, previously, not automated. Resume of the previous episodes We’ve used a PLC, an HMI and the OEE module (software agents in a server machine). Those three ingredients have been enough to know the...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.1

With this episode we’ll start a journey going back through experiences in order to find out, step by step, how we could improve our machines (production), thanks to the progressive digitization of the processes. All of that until we reach the “Smart Factory”. Why is...

Maintenance: reactive, preventive, proactive, predictive

We are in the middle of Industry 4.0. era. The work environment, and not only, is increasingly ... smart. Smart means connected. Connected almost always means automated. Machines and robots become absolute protagonists in an automated environment. The technician...

From processes digitalization to WCM

What is mentioned in the title concerns our activity since the foundation of NeXT: we provide "software tools" that allow our partners to achieve their goals.In designing software solutions we have always listened to the people we met in order to start together a path...

Business Innovation: best practices

Today, a software house, together with its business, services, know-how and its investment in research and development cannot stand as an ordinary provider of technological services, but must support the customer and become a real business innovation partner. Now that...

Automotive, Kitchen hoods, Tissue, Food, Energy: our best case history

Today we talk a little about ourselves, in particular about our work through successful stories, and about our experience beside the main partners, with the precise mission of satisfying their needs for continuous improvement, especially in production efficiency area....

Digitize yes… but not the waste

Whoever deals with the industrial world today cannot fail to come into contact with ideas such as the digitization of processes, the smart factory and all those concepts related to them such as the Internet of Things, Big data, Cloud, etc. But those who have dedicated...

Vertical and horizontal integration of systems: what it means

"Integration" is the slogan of the 4.0 era we are living. Everything tends to integrate: objects, subjects, systems with other systems ... to create a single environment in which everything communicates. All this integrated communication is a consequence, but also the...

The OEE and the “defeat” of Waste

When we talk about waste, our thoughts go directly to the principles of lean production, organizational "philosophy", even before being merely productive, of distant origin, both temporal and spatial: we are between the '45s and the '70s when Toyota Production System...

Case study: machine learning to support the solution to quality problems

The case study we are about to deal with won the "Second best paper" award analyzing the topic of "Manufacturing and Industrial Process Design". This is a case study that refers to a real machine learning project to support the solution of quality and process...

First of all: the OEE in your company

First of all what does it mean? It means that before talking about Industry 4.0, we should see if the basis of our company is able to deal with implementing something that can really be referred to as Industry 4.0. It's like saying you want to win a race by driving a...

Industry 4.0: instructions for use

The title is provocative, but properly describes the topic of this article: we will try to understand what could be the best approach to innovation and change, as required by the fourth industrial revolution that we are witnessing. Without stopping to describe the...

Machine learning and problem solving: artificial intelligence test

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning. These words represent the sound carpet of our times, for those who, like us, are involved in IT and related technologies. Internet, TV, specialized magazines are invaded by these concepts: they draw the future,...

Production efficiency monitoring (video)

Production efficiency monitoring. That is, the (good) obsession for each company, for each plant and lean managers. We talked a lot in our blog and we'll talk again: indeed it is our core business ... Yes, because the environment in which we operate as a software...

NeXT with IMPROVE… to conquer the world

Yes, the news is summarized by the title of this article, but obviously there's a lot to say about this success that fills us with pride and energy. The fact is that an important multinational company has chosen IMPROVE, software developed by NeXT, to implement the...

Brand new web site!

New year, new web site... in a new langue Dear readers who follow us for some time, we are proud to present an innovation that relates to our website: as you know, 2016 saw the birth of our new site: now, right on the end of year, finally sees the light also the...

What it means to digitize processes: Pt.3

Here we are back with the third episode! We’ve already digitized a lot and we consequently reached crucial efficiency objectives. That’s not the end though as we can still improve a lot. Let’s see how: Resume of the previous episodes  We’ve used a PLC, an HMI and the...

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