Archive for Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is Nothing New

I’ve made the argument before that the Internet of Things is nothing new. In the logistics space, for example, we’ve been taking RF scans and using that data to improve warehouse processes since at least 1975 when McHugh Freeman, an early warehouse management system supplier, began business. Internet protocols make it easier to communicate that sensor data to applications. This is a big advance, but I don’t think we are seeing fundamentally new types of applications; just […]

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What is Machine Learning? How will this Technology Change Supply Chain Solutions?

Machine learning is helping support more efficient supply chains. Machine learning is being discussed more often in supply chain contexts because of the buzz created by the Internet of Things (IoT). This article gives an interesting supply chain use case for machine learning, and defines and explains the technology.

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The Internet of Things, Next Generation Supply Chains, and Distributed Intelligence

IoT projects often become Big Data projects. Distributing more intelligence down to the device level could help prevent database bloat and streamline the corporate application environment. But these decisions are not clear cut. There are pros and cons associated with either distributing or centralizing both IoT intelligence and data.

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ARC’s Supply Chain Predictions for 2015: Hits and Misses

At the beginning of the year the ARC supply chain team made supply chain predictions for 2015. This article circles back and reports on how we did. Very often any predictions you can make for a one year period are not about a brand new thing that will occur, the prediction is really part of a larger megatrend that has not only been going on for some time but will also continue for many years […]

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The Internet of Things Changes Logistics in the OEM Spare Parts Supply Chain

By offering IoT-enabled condition monitoring, spare parts, and equipment repair services, equipment OEMs can remotely monitor asset health in their customers’ plants, anticipate failures, order the parts, and often execute repairs before the failure occurs.

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The Contribution of Supply Chain Networks To Smart Manufacturing and Industrial IoT

In my keynote, I stressed that Smart Manufacturing initiative around the world, are all inspired by research that indicates that manufacturing growth, competitiveness and resilience are directly correlated with high technology intensity and manufacturing complexity as well as quality.  These three key factors can be improved and maintained by investment in product, process and productivity innovation.  The smart manufacturing initiatives around the world (for example Industrie 4.0  Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (US), or Horizon 2020 (EU)) all aim […]

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