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When you think Zebra, you may think of printers, but we're so much more than that. A leader in developing solutions that feature barcode, RFID and RTLS technologies, Zebra converts the physical into the digital to give assets, people and transactions a virtual voice. When you have more visibility, you can drive more value.

In this blog, we will:

  • Break down the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our connected world is making a big impact on how we work and play
  • Cover all the latest trends in visibility technology, like barcoding, RFID and RTLS, across many industries
  • Give you a closer look at the latest news and solutions from Zebra

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THE TABLET BUILT FOR THE MANUFACTURING LINE

Posted by John Wyer November 3, 2017 at 5:34 AM

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In manufacturing, success used to belong to those who could predict demand long into the future and use this foresight to gain an edge through more effective planning. But things have changed. Increasingly, consumers want personalised products and this has seen a huge increase in product variants and hence need items built to order and dispatched faster than ever. In fact, we’re moving into an era where a plant needs to adjust to orders in real time – with all the consequences that has on managing bills of materials, production and more.

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Topics: Manufacturing

Enabling Manufacturing Traceability

Posted by Hannah Moule November 1, 2017 at 5:28 AM

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Are your customers becoming more and more demanding when it comes to individual component tracking in electrical goods you have produced?

Accountability is increasing in all areas of today’s world – and manufacturing is no exception. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are present in most electrical products: iPhones, computers, televisions, for example. And businesses, especially those in high risk sectors such as aerospace and engineering, want to be able to track and trace individual PCBs.

Global supplier of SMT printing solutions Speedprint Technology has partnered with the Zebra Technologies OEM team to help manufacturers address that issue.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, Speedprint

How modern manufacturers in Europe are delivering product variety through focused quality assurance

Posted by David Stain September 8, 2017 at 8:58 AM

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Our 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study has highlighted emerging key trends, including how manufacturers worldwide are connecting their operations to gain greater visibility and improve quality assurance.

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Topics: Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA

Why Zebra for Android is the enterprise choice for mobile working

Posted by John Wyer August 3, 2017 at 7:01 AM

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The workforce mobility revolution is here to stay. And its beating heart is AndroidTM.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Warehousing, transport and logistics, Mobility DNA, Android, Mx

Who's next? Your cyber risk and what you can do

Posted by John Wyer May 17, 2017 at 9:04 AM

 

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Are you exposed to security risks? 

Security has never been a bigger priority.

As we’ve seen all too vividly of late, a cyberattack can cause major damage to reputation, customer trust, and, your bottom line. Outdated IT systems leave the door open for hackers and cyber criminals. And the mobile space could be the next target.

Enterprises need to be proactive to understand the security risk and take the appropriate proactive and defensive measures that protect your data, your devices and gives you peace of mind.

LifeGuard™ for Android™ is Zebra’s software security solution that extends the lifecycle of Zebra Android enterprise mobile computers. It adds years of OS security support to bring your devices into line with the enterprise hardware lifecycle, helping your business significantly lower total cost of ownership.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Security, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software, T&L, Field Mobility, Warehousing

Automotive Manufacturing keep up with demand

Posted by David Stain February 7, 2017 at 11:13 AM

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UK automotive industry output is set to increase by a third, to two million vehicles a year by 20201. And as the IoT and new technologies take hold, the way these vehicles are designed, produced, distributed and used will change fundamentally. As ever, plant owners will have to maintain productivity and supply chain efficiency, but as demand increases for customised and connected vehicles, the challenges will be around managing process time and product assortment.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Manufacturing, EMEA, Industrie 4.0, IoT, automotive, Enterprise Asset Intelligence

How parts identification supports a stronger brand and better customer service in hi-tech

Posted by David Stain January 23, 2017 at 7:05 AM

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The biggest challenges hi-tech facing manufacturers today revolve around product variety. Producers not only need to keep up with existing production requirements, but ensure that they maintain backward compatibility in order to support device repairs as they arise. This is in a landscape where product specifications change continuously, with design cycles and selling shelf lives reduced to between 12 and 18 months to drive demand.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, hi-tech, track and trace

Using track and trace to keep pace with change in manufacturing of electrical-based goods

Posted by David Stain December 19, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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In hi-tech manufacturing environments, change is the only constant. Whether it’s fridges sending out text messages if they’re too warm, or food mixers operating to pre-configured speeds and settings for given recipes, retailers are constantly finding new ways to use the technology available. New sensing capabilities and communications protocols lead to intuitive devices that increase user convenience.

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Topics: RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, process compliance, IoT, hi-tech, track and trace

Knowing what’s what (where, when and how): ensuring process compliance in food and beverage

Posted by David Stain December 1, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Food scares and brand reputations have led to more rigorous processes across the food and beverage industry. Manufacturers have tightened up the management of their ingredient providers, with the focus firmly on the traceability and authenticity of foodstuffs. Trace ingredients back to the farm of origin, sometimes even the field, and there’s a hugely powerful and positive story to tell consumers. The less clarity around provenance, the more likely that goods will be rejected.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, Food Safety, Wi-Fi, process compliance

Manufacturing in Aerospace: Navigating the complexities in a heavily certified environment

Posted by David Stain November 29, 2016 at 7:05 AM

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Business globalisation means that the market for air travel continues to grow, and there are more aircraft on the move across the world. At the same time, economic growth in specific markets including the Middle East and Asia means that more people can afford to travel by air.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, EMEA, OEM, aerospace