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Intelligent Manufacturing Systems: Beating the Odds, Mightily - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series explained IQMS’ upbeat posture despite a hostile and depressed environment, while Part 2 analyzed the recent developments of

flowcharting icons  with drill-down capabilities internal flowcharting tool for creating visual process flow diagrams RealTime Production Monitoring  “speedometers” that filter by manufacturing cell or a plant and give instantaneous shop floor feedback alert messaging ( management by exception ) from both remote and local business units to do Web approval lists with direct access to approval details direct customer relationship management (CRM ) access with internal calendar, calls, tasks, support actions, notes, and

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