Smart Manufacturing is a term with many definitions that all have one theme in common: using new technologies and capabilities to gain competitive advantage. The Ideal and The Reality At Ectobox, we say that a company is a “Smart Manufacturing” company when they have fully integrated solutions which empower them to be highly flexible and […]
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About Kevin Jones
Innovation driven by data will revolutionize your business: We apply custom industrial intelligence solutions to your manufacturing business to drive efficiency and growth.
Ectobox creates Industrial IoT and custom software solutions, along with business intelligence and reporting solutions - with a main focus on the manufacturing industry and maintenance & reliability.
For nearly 20 years we have been a Pittsburgh-based, friendly, close-knit team who continually thinks “outside of the box” to provide affordable IoT and customized software applications solutions for our clients.
Specialties: IoT, ThingWorx, Custom Software Developer, Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft SQL Server, Azure IoT, Project Discovery, Project Implementation, Project Management, Business Software Solutions, Software Selection, Software and Data Integrations
Entries by Kevin Jones
The best way to begin implementing an IoT solution is to start small – but what exactly does that mean, and why is it important? In this post you will learn how to plan your first IoT solution by looking for a simple problem that IoT can solve quickly, and why that ensures success. How […]
The Past 2018 marks 20 years of Ectobox developing solutions outside the box. Ectobox began as a software consulting firm driven by a simple ideal: we don’t like to see companies suffer needlessly doing work manually that can hold a business back, when there are opportunities to automate processes. Our President and founder wanted to help. […]
Last time, we discussed how to prepare to implement an effective condition-based monitoring system for your operations. In this month’s post, we’ll show you how to choose the right technology. Choosing the Right Tool With the operating parameters and failure modes defined, you can now add effective monitoring to your operations.. Many companies currently employ […]
Summary Diligent monitoring of the condition of equipment at manufacturing plants (condition-based monitoring) can have a big impact on the company. This is an increasingly urgent issue in a market where approximately $65 billion worth of automation systems are at or near the end of their useful life. The oldest equipment still in use dates […]
Summary IIoT can improve a manufacturing company’s asset utilization and production line up-time and produce significant savings in maintenance costs. This is illustrated through the P-F curve method of condition-based maintenance. Causes of Failure Vary: Let’s start with the basics. Failure of an asset or piece of equipment is a process, not an event. The […]
Manufacturers can improve their operations and thereby generate better revenue and profit with IIoT. They can do this by unlocking data from their equipment, calculating the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) for the equipment, and use the resulting data to find and fix issues with their equipment. History Let’s start with a bit of perspective. Manufacturers […]
Your manufacturing company likely has business goals which include growing revenue, margins, and profits, as well as beating out the competition. In today’s market, those goals are increasingly difficult to achieve. Companies must continue to become more efficient, increase output, work for more demanding customers, work under increasing regulations, all the while continuing to earn […]
We have seen some companies attempt to create a custom IoT software platform for their own use. Generally, we recommend against this for several good reasons. First, some background information. [Or, if you are already familiar with IoT, skip ahead to the Why Not to Build section below]. What is the Internet […]
In our post on Four Ways to Create Value with IoT we discussed at the end the fact that making products better and making better products has a bigger impact on profit. And most companies want the biggest possible impact on profit. So, – is making better products the place to start? No. Why? Because […]
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