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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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Ben & Jerry’s

Using InfinityQS by Sage Clarity, Ben & Jerry’s used real-time Statistical Process Control (SPC) to streamline their quality control procedures.
The ice cream manufacturer was looking for a fast and reliable way to collect and analyze the vital quality data of their product as it was coming off production lines. Ben & Jerry’s was measuring, monitoring and controlling four main product attributes – weight, volume, air addition and add-in amounts.

The paper-based system they had previously been using to track this data was proving to be cumbersome for operators and data administrators. Using a paper and pencil, operators would take individual readings and calculate an average of those readings to plot on a chart. Quality Assurance personnel would then perform manual calculations to compute trending and reporting.

Learn how Ben & Jerry’s used Sage Clarity quality management software to streamline their quality control procedures.

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Food Engineering Benchmark study

Food Engineering Benchmark Study reveals…

Food Engineering Benchmark Study: March Issue Breakthrough Manufacturing Benchmarking in the Era of Big Data Operational performance benchmarks take numerous flavors. Some studies build a set of relevant questions and have respondents answer based on how they think their plant is performing. These can be…

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Benchmark data

Sage Clarity Releases Breakthrough Manufacturing Operations Benchmark

Sage Clarity, a leader in Cloud-based supply chain and manufacturing solutions, has released a benchmark to help organizations determine where to focus when developing improvement initiatives. During 2015, Epicor Software Corporation in in a joint benchmarking initiative with Sage Clarity studied over 100 global manufacturing operations worldwide to benchmark performance and correlate over 20 manufacturing KPIs. Researchers applied Big Data techniques for benchmarking Real-time production data analyzed over a 3-month period. Over 500,000 unique manufacturing loss categories were analyzed.

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Supply Chain Management

Sage Clarity Recognized Among Top 10 Supply Chain Management Solutions

FREMONT, CA—February 5, 2016—Sage Clarity Software makes it to Manufacturing Tech Insights’ Top 10 Supply Chain Management Solutions Providers list for its expertise in combining the best of breed manufacturing applications with rich data visualization to enhance supply chain performance.
Annual list showcases the Top 10 Supply Chain Management Solutions Providers 2016. The positioning is based on evaluation of Sage Clarity Software’s specialties in providing combining best of breed software applications with unique advisory services to enhance supply chain performance. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of Manufacturing Tech Insights’ editorial board to recognize and promote Technology entrepreneurship.

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Supply Chain Collaboration

Sage Clarity Selected by CIO Review for its 20 Most Promising Collaboration Solution Providers

FREMONT, CA—December 10th 2015—CIO Review ( has chosen Sage Clarity ( for its 20 Most Promising Collaboration Technology Solution Providers 2015 list. The selection is based on Sage Clarity’s creative mobile analytics technology solutions that advance the way the manufacturing supply chain world works. Sage Clarity provides tools, technologies and advisory services, which enables better decision-making, clarity and insight for manufacturing organizations. A unique capability of Sage Clarity’s offerings is to enable collaboration of KPIs and analytics leveraging other collaboration platforms such as Microsoft ( NASDAQ: MSFT )Yammer.

Read CIO Review article here: Sage Clarity Real-Time Supply Chain Analytics with the OneView Mobile Platform

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The Folly of Deep Data Diving

How to Transition into Real Time KPIs

Data-driven decision-making has become over- whelming for many industries. Pressures and responses to such concerns as globalization, performance margins, integrating supply chains and balancing costs with customer service have produced voluminous amounts of data at previously unthinkable levels. Read about a five step process to make sense of the ocean of data and migrate from static to real-time KPIs.

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Manufacturing Today: Key Performance Indicators

Information overload is more prevalent than ever in today’s manufacturing industry. According to Adrian Ott in her book The 24-Hour Customer, people see more than 34 billion pieces of information (the equivalent of two books) every day. With the wide adoption of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, executives and other decision makers involved in managing the supply chain can drown in emails, work-related conversations and numerous key performance indicators (KPIs). The good news is: there are solutions. Newer approaches to managing information, such as shallow-dive analytics, indirect KPIs and real-time KPIs can help companies manage the fire hose of information and bring more insight to business decisions. These new approaches do not reduce the amount of information. Rather, they focus business teams on providing the right insights for optimal decision making.

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