Manufacturing Technology
February 17, 2012
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PRODUCT 2.0

HMI Operator Interfaces



Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP), the manufacturer of marine-grade sunlight readable displays, flow instrumentation, industrial displays and HMI software, announced today its line of HMI Operator Interfaces, the KEP MMI Series. A truly affordable human-machine interface, KEP's new line offers a variety of full-featured graphic touchscreen display panel sizes that are designed to fit a variety of operational needs. Backed by a three-year warranty, the KEP MMI Series of Operator Interfaces is an economical yet robust solution for any organization's HMI needs.

Ideal for integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers who want to reduce cost without sacrificing functionality and reliability, KEP MMI operator interfaces are designed for use in a wide range of industrial and process applications. Full-featured, graphic, touchscreen display panels, the KEP MMI Series displays interface with automated equipment using programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and deliver impressive performance at a cost that is less expensive than most competitive products. "KEP's MMI Series products are ideal for companies who are looking to save money but are held back by the premium prices demanded by many HMI vendors," said Frank Colucci, project manager, Kessler-Ellis Products. "KEP is the 'go to' company for anyone interested in a complete HMI solution. Our product line offers the most cost effective solutions and provides customers all of the features they need at an extremely competitive price.

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STRATEGIES

The Benefits of Lean IT in Manufacturing



A conversation with Ryan King is peppered with terms like kanban, kaizen, process improvement and cycle count. Not unusual for a plant manager, but King is director of information technology at ARPAC, a packaging machinery manufacturer based in Schiller Park, Ill. And like his counterparts on the shop floor, King is intent on using lean concepts to improve ARPAC's performance.

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ROBOTICS

Industrial Robotics Expands Beyond the Automotive Industry



Chris Bailey can't emphasize it enough: Lincoln Electric Co. in recent months has been "barraged" with inquiries about the company's robotic welding systems.

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BEST PRACTICES

A Framework for IT Investment for Manufacturing Executives



Information technology is changing the competitive dynamics in the manufacturing industry. For example, manufacturers are using technology to improve their operational efficiency and use it to put pricing pressure on their competition; or significantly improve customer service and use it to steal market share from the competition; or identify new business opportunities before anyone else and use it to grow their topline.

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