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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.

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  • 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
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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

Why modern demand chains are a tightrope for tier 2 automotive suppliers

Posted by David Stain November 1, 2016 at 10:17 AM

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Nothing is ever simple. This is especially true in manufacturing environments, complex in even their most basic forms. In the automotive sector today, managing product assortment has become central to fulfilling contracts and running a successful business. The term ‘On Time In Full - OTIF’ is the nirvana.

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, automotive, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, just-in-time, track and trace

INDUSTRIE 4.0: THE NEXT WAVE OF INNOVATION IN MANUFACTURING IS HERE

Posted by Zebra EMEA October 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Periodic innovations in technology transform the way we work, are informed, and entertained – the internet and mobile computing spring to mind in recent memory. We’re now in the midst of a new era of innovation thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT): a trend that has been termed ‘Industrie 4.0’, for its potential to spark a new industrial revolution. But what does it mean for manufacturing? In my view it means significant disruption and ­opportunity.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Internet of Things, Industrie 4.0, Enterprise Asset Intelligence

Driving man and machine in smart manufacturing

Posted by David Stain September 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM

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The modern manufacturing environment requires flexibility to meet the needs of consumers who expect products customised to their preferences. With such variability in production, the need for collaboration between humans and smart manufacturing technology is essential. Working side by side on a daily basis, process compliance plays an integral role in ensuring both the safety of workers and the quality of the final product meet the necessary standards. These standards are driven by legislation, regulatory bodies and company/product specifications. Adhering to defined expectations in the manufacturing of large quantities of product presents a significant challenge, and forms the basis for the technological opportunity.  

 

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Topics: Manufacturing, EMEA, Technology, process compliance

THE POTENTIAL OF WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY COMES TO LIFE

Posted by Ashley Ford July 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

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Wearable technologies are becoming a staple of everyday life. Used across multiple disciplines and throughout various fields these ground-breaking innovations are fundamentally changing the way we collect and analyse data. This is particularly evident across the sporting world.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Wearables, Data Capture, NFL

How wearable tech can increase productivity in your warehouse by 15%

Posted by Zebra EMEA June 29, 2016 at 4:40 AM

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Since the advent of the internet, new technologies have transformed the way we live and work. From the smartphone to Netflix, each new technology has altered the way we carry out day to day tasks, and many would argue for the better. One area that is increasingly drawing attention is wearable technology. These devices can sync up with your smartphone and allow you to make payments, take calls, and even measure your heartbeat, all from your wrist. Much like the smartphone, wearable tech took things to the next level.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail, Manufacturing, EMEA, Wearables, mobile computing, Warehousing, mobile devices