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Lean Six Sigma: Where Waste Reduction Meets Quality Improvement Sam Russem Mon, 05/20/2019 - 08:51

No matter which industry they’re in, industrial organizations should strive to make their processes as free from waste and inconsistency as possible. What program is best at helping them get there? Many manufacturers have found that a program known as Lean Six Sigma is the most effective methodology for continuously improving their processes. However, even when a company has decided to implement Lean Six Sigma, other questions can remain: What is the first step we should take? Who in the organization should be involved? How do we measure our progress? And, should software play a role?

ICC 2018 Recap: A Conference Worth W8-ing For David Dudley, … Tue, 10/09/2018 - 10:39

Even if you didn’t attend the 2018 Ignition Community Conference, you don’t have to miss out on the knowledge and inspiration that ICC has to offer. You can read the blog post below for a recap of conference highlights, check out the social wall, or get full access to session videos by purchasing a Virtual Ticket.

12 Powerful Ways to Use PLCs with SQL Databases - Part 2 Lauren Walters Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:51
The Ignition SQL Bridge Module goes above and beyond as a tool for connecting SQL databases to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). With SQL Bridge’s multi-functional capabilities, Ignition community members have implemented sophisticated solutions for their industrial control systems that would have otherwise been a costly use of time and resources. In part one of this series, we discussed Co-Director of Sales Engineering Travis Cox’s first six applications of SQL Bridge, which he presented in the webinar “12 Ways to Use PLCs and SQL Databases Together”, which included barcode scanning, scheduling, and other connective operations. In this second post, we’ll explore six additional uses of SQL Bridge, from recipe management, to OEE, to handshaking, and more.
Vertech Brews Up Winning Solutions — and Beer Too! Jim Meyers Wed, 05/30/2018 - 15:29
You’re doing something right when you can double your size in four years. That’s exactly what Vertech has done, which is part of the reason we traveled to Phoenix to make a video about the company.