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Swimming in the Shallows

Shallow-dive analytics is a new approach to managing the enormity of big data and the resulting information overload via a one-click, quick review of only the information that is most pertinent to business objectives. By focusing on key performance indicators (KPIs), proponents believe that the shallow-dive concept can enhance supply chain performance through better and less-time-consuming data management. 

Read the full article to learn how Mattel uses Shallow-dive analytics to improve their supply chain performance. 

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Cargill Salt

Cargill improves productivity with real-time analysis and manufacturing performance metrics.

Cargill Salt produces more than 1,000 salt varieties and different package sizes for national and regional brands. Seasonal product demand combined with inconsistent capacity use across manufacturing locations caused sporadic excess and out-of-stock finished goods inventory.


  • Reduce overtime and inventory costs while supporting a reliability program
  • Gain access to consistent and accurate data on key manufacturing metrics
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Named Top 10 Manufacturing Intelligence Solution Providers 2017

FREMONT, CA — Sage Clarity earns a place in the list of “Top 10 Manufacturing Intelligence Solution Providers 2017” by Manufacturing Technology Insights.

“It’s a great pleasure to include Sage Clarity in our ranking list for its continued success in developing cutting edge solutions that address the most urgent industry challenges and provide our growing list of satisfied customers with the highest value solution, on-time and on-budget,” said Laura Davis, Managing Editor of Manufacturing Technology Insights.

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Case Study: The Central America Bottling Corporation

Filling up on Efficiency With Epicor Informance® EMI and Sage Clarity The Central America Bottling Corporation (CBC) is a multinational beverage corporation— operating in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America—with the industry’s largest portfolio of products in the region. It manufactures both PEPSICO products…

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OEE Benchmark

2017 OEE Benchmark Study

Executive Summary Manufacturing Performance OEE Benchmark Study For Fast Moving Consumer Goods Manufacturing organizations undertake a variety of performance improvement initiatives such as Lean Manufacturing, Six-Sigma, TPM and TQM. Organizations leverage KPIs, including Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to manage and measure such initiatives. Sage Clarity...
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Root Cause Analysis tool

Root Cause Analysis Solution for Packaging Lines

High volume, food manufacturing lines thrive on standardization to pull through operational efficiencies, be it control architectures, processing systems or supply chains. Managing multiple plant standardization within an enterprise has been a great challenge for the last twenty years in the food and beverage industry, often due to integrating acquired companies.

For the food and beverage industry, identifying the source of downtime on fast-moving packaging or production lines can be difficult. However, advances in industrial networking technologies and cloud solutions are now enabling companies to be nimble and targeted with improvements for operational efficiencies.

In 2016, Chicago-based Sage Clarity introduced its Auto-tagging Business Logic Engine (ABLE) application that performs root-cause analysis via cloud-based modeling of machine centers for many types of manufacturing applications, including food and beverage.

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For more than two years, Unilever has been implementing total productive maintenance (TPM) but found manually collected data was hard to utilize. Implementing the Epicor Informance EMI system enables the manufacturing plants to target and prioritize opportunities for productivity improvement. Epicor Informance has been rolled out division-wide in more than 15 plants to date.

Productivity Challenges

Unilever relies on overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) to judge the success of its TPM initiative. According to Tony Lippert, plant manager at the Elgin, Illinois facility where Epicor Informance was initially piloted, OEE is by far the best indication of line performance. The corporate standard is to measure OEE at the filler. At the plant-level, operational effectiveness (OE) and cost per ton are additional key metrics.

Learn how Unilever teamed up with Sage Clarity to deploy enterprise manufacturing intelligence software to improve their bottom line.

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Nestle Waters

A Case Study in Quality Control

Nestle Waters, the world’s leading bottled water company, has built a solid reputation on the quality and purity of its products. Established in 130 countries, with a portfolio of 72 brands, Nestle Waters continues to meet consumer needs by keeping its wide variety of products flowing through strong distribution channels.

Challenge: From Paper-Based to Electronic Data Analysis and Storage

Nestle Waters’ goal was to implement a system that would allow them to easily monitor, review and trend realtime quality data.

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Diageo accelerates performance with a sip of mobile technology from Epicor About Diageo A leading premium beverage business, Diageo’s wine, spirits and beer products are sold in 180 markets around the world. Diageo’s brands include: Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Baileys, J&B, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo,…

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