Improving manufacturing efficiency through the Internet of Things

Factora, manufacturing consultants who use software to help factories reach their potential, is now a ThingWorx System Integrator Partner. ThingWorx is the most widely adopted Internet of Things platform in the world.

"The ThingWorx System Integrator Partner program enables Factora to deliver solutions on the leading edge of the Internet of Things," said Andrew Waycott, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer. "As IoT, and in particular IoT in manufacturing, becomes more commonly adopted, ThingWorx will allow Factora to ensure our customers remain firmly on the path to World Class Manufacturing."

Analysts estimate there will be 50 billion connected "things" by 2020. "By leveraging the ThingWorx platform we are able to deliver visibility to key information to operations staff in a much shorter timescale and with dramatically less custom development than has previously been possible," said Factora's CEO Charles A. Horth. "This will enable Factora to dramatically accelerate the time to value of our improvement initiatives."

The Internet of Things for manufacturing — which allows companies access to incoming real-time data — is a part of Factora's strategic direction for 2016. In the upcoming year, Factora has intentions of using Internet of Things technology for Process Information Management (PIM) to monitor factors such as waste, whether costs are under control and whether equipment is running to target, to name a few of its functions.

Factora's manufacturing consultants use software to help factories achieve their full potential by raising the visibility of key information on the shop floor so that plant management, employees and company leadership can run even more efficient manufacturing systems. The company has set out to become the dominant MES provider by 2020.

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