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Tools To Aid With Predictive Maintenance

By Willem Sundblad on Feb 21st 2018

Predictive maintenance is important in a smart factory because it allows a business to mitigate unplanned downtime. By having accurate predictions of when a machine may lose efficiency or malfunction, a company can plan ahead to ensure that the lost production from that machine will not influence their operations.

How to Launch Your IIoT Journey

By Willem Sundblad on Feb 14th 2018

I had the pleasure of attending Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council plant tour and roundtable discussion at Merck & Co., Inc.’s Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing in Durham, NC the last week in November. As the CEO of an Industry 4.0 software provider, I found the experience invaluable in keeping a pulse on the challenges faced by manufacturers today.

Let's Meet! Oden 2018 Events Calendar

By Alexis Drayton on Feb 7th 2018

Have questions about Oden Technologies, our Industrial IoT platform, or production data and analytics in general? Stop by our booths or presentations at any of the following events, to get answers and meet the Oden team.

Will Smart Factories Replace Humans? No.

By Willem Sundblad on Feb 6th 2018

It is a common belief that the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution will be detrimental to the job market and lead to significant losses in jobs. In fact, some even believe that AI will completely outpace humans in all areas of productivity, which would result in a fully automated workforce.

Examples of IIoT In The Workplace

By Willem Sundblad on Jan 31st 2018

All of these examples of IIoT in the manufacturing industry come together to form what is referred to as a “Smart Factory.” When paired with AI and machine learning, a smart factory can start to make predictions that lead to smarter business decisions for a manufacturer.

Oden Co-Founders Make Forbes 30 Under Europe Industry List

By Alexis Drayton on Jan 22nd 2018

The Oden Team is proud to announce that our co-founders, Willem Sundblad and Peter Brand, have made this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Industry List.

What Is Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communication?

By Willem Sundblad on Jan 16th 2018

Machine-to-machine communication, or M2M, is at the core of what makes a smart factory smart. The smart factory model relies on a machine’s ability to track and report on data that is relevant to its operation and productivity. Without this capacity, the machinery is useless and cannot contribute to the insights that may be generated through a cloud-based platform.

Using Big Data in Manufacturing

By Willem Sundblad on Jan 9th 2018

Big data can be likened to the “next wave” of innovation, and it is clearly changing the way that people are making decisions in the manufacturing industry, among others. Although this sounds exciting, there’s plenty of confusion around the way in which big data can be applied to a factory’s operations. By the end of this article, you’ll have a better understanding of exactly what big data enables you to do in your factory.

What is IIoT?

By Willem Sundblad on Dec 20th 2017

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to the industrial applications of a network of internet connected devices. The devices that are used in such a system measure, track, and share information about various components in the manufacturing process. IIoT will allow manufacturers to acquire and access vast amounts of data at quicker speeds, ultimately leading to more factory insights and efficiency.

How Industry 4.0 Will Change Product Quality

By Willem Sundblad on Dec 13th 2017

Poor product quality results in low customer satisfaction, refunds and returns, dissolved partnerships with distributors, and an overall nightmare for manufacturers. How do manufacturers swiftly detect and prevent product quality failure in their factories? This is where Industry 4.0 technology comes in.

What is The Cost of Quality in Manufacturing?

By Willem Sundblad on Dec 7th 2017

The production of high-quality products is arguably the most important part of successful manufacturing, but it isn’t cheap. The costs incurred from producing a low-quality product can be much more expensive. Gaining access to data and insights via IoT devices empowers manufacturers to solve quality problems within their plant faster.

John Turek Joins Oden Technologies as Chief Technology Officer

By Alexis Drayton on Dec 5th 2017

New York, NY - Oden Technologies, the New York based manufacturing analytics company, today announced that John Turek has joined the company, as its first Chief Technology Officer. The former SVP Engineering at Jet.com will drive development of the company’s Industrial IoT platform

The Cost Of Downtime In Manufacturing

By Willem Sundblad on Nov 28th 2017

The cost of downtime in manufacturing can be pretty significant. There are many areas within the manufacturing process that become affected when a system malfunctions or does not operate at its normal efficiency. Downtime influences factors like equipment availability, labor overhead, maintenance, engineering, and production.

Industry 4.0 Misconceptions Debunked

By Willem Sundblad on Nov 14th 2017

In the world of manufacturing, there is plenty of skepticism and mystery surrounding Industry 4.0 technology. Will it live up to the hype? Is it too early to consider? Is the manufacturing industry really moving in this direction? We feel that it’s time to address the objections to adopting advanced technology in manufacturing.

Interview with Momenta Partners: How Oden Unlocks Value From “Hidden Factories”

By Willem Sundblad on Nov 2nd 2017

"With waste, there is a concept called Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). World-class manufacturing companies score around 85 or above. The hard reality is that most manufacturers score their operations between 30-65. This gap is called the 'hidden factory'.”

Industry 4.0 In-Depth: Sensors and IIoT

By Willem Sundblad on Oct 19th 2017

Today, we’ll be talking about IoT and sensors, one of the most important terms to understand for manufacturers who aim to build a smart factory. Machine sensors aren’t anything new, but the development of devices that can extract information from these sensors is garnering a new age of information distribution and empowered decision making.

Oden CEO Willem Sundblad Selected as "Rising Hotshot" by Wire Journal International

By Alexis Drayton on Oct 9th 2017

The Wire Journal International (WJI) named our CEO, Willem Sundblad, as one of their "Rising Hotshots" in the wire & cable industry, and is featured in the October 2017 issue of the magazine.

This Month In Industry 4.0: Challenges, Solutions, and Megatrends

By Willem Sundblad on Oct 3rd 2017

It’s no secret that Industry 4.0 is taking the world by storm. There are dozens of articles published each month regarding Industry 4.0 advancements, how it’s making an impact on the world, and how competitive manufacturers are implementing this technology in their plants to improve the performance of their workforce and to make more with less.

Big Data — What Is It Really?

By Willem Sundblad on Sep 21st 2017

With the manufacturing world moving in the direction of smart factories and Industrial IoT, it is vital that manufacturers understand the terminology associated with those advances, and the technology behind it, or risk getting left in the dust of innovators. With big data serving as one of the basic pillars of Industry 4.0, it shouldn’t be ignored, because it helps manufacturers make data-driven decisions both quickly and accurately.

A Manufacturer’s Glossary to Industry 4.0 Technology

By Willem Sundblad on Sep 13th 2017

Digitization. IoT. Big Data. There are plenty of technical buzzwords being thrown around in the world of manufacturing, and it can easily be overwhelming for manufacturers who might not have a background in technology. Innovation happens at lightning speed, and keeping up with the times is difficult. We’re here to clear the waters with this brief glossary for non-technical manufacturers.

How Big Data Improves Manufacturing

By Willem Sundblad on Aug 29th 2017

With the manufacturing world moving in the direction of smart factories it is vital that manufacturers understand the technology behind it. Big data serves as one of the basic pillars of Industry 4.0, because it helps manufacturers make data-driven decisions both quickly and accurately.

Oden Fall 2017 Events Schedule

By Alexis Drayton on Aug 21st 2017

Have questions about Oden Technologies, our Industrial IoT platform, or production data and analytics in general? Stop by our exhibitions or presentations at any of the following events, including our own Oden Extrusion Data Conference, to get your questions answered and meet the Oden team.

Oden Technologies Raises $5.9M to “Lead the Next Industrial Revolution”

By The Oden Team on May 8th 2017

Oden Technologies, the New York based industrial analytics company, today announced the completion of its latest financing round of $3.5M. This combined with previous investments brings Oden’s total seed funding to $5.9M. Lead investor in this round was EQT Ventures along with Oden’s existing institutional backers Inbox Capital and LocalGlobe.

Case Study: How Google Cloud Made Our Industry 4.0 Platform Even Better

By Willem Sundblad on Apr 11th 2017

Learn all about how the Google Cloud Platform made Oden IoT devices more efficient, secure, and powerful at providing complete production data analytics to our manufacturing clients.

Spring 2017: Plastics and Manufacturing Technology Conferences

By Alexis Drayton on Mar 28th 2017

Have questions about Oden Technologies, our Industrial IoT platform, or production data analytics and acquisition in general? Stop by our exhibitions at any of the following plastics and manufacturing trade shows to get your questions answered and meet the Oden team.

2016 in Review: A Year of Data With Oden

By Willem Sundblad on Mar 16th 2017

Explore the hard numbers on how we have helped our clients increase capactiy and productivity while reducing waste and downtime.

Industry 4.0: What It Means and Ways You can Stay Competitive

By Willem Sundblad on Jan 30th 2017

Manufacturers have been talking about Industry 4.0, or the next industrial revolution, for some time now. It’s an important concept, because it will dictate how to stay competitive, but few actually have a good idea of what it means. Especially in extrusion, where advanced control systems have not been commonplace like in Oil & Gas, Aviation, and Power.

Why We Built Oden

By Willem Sundblad on Dec 12th 2016

We began Oden Technologies under the belief that there’s no higher pursuit than to create things. There are those who forge steel, operate machines, and run factories–the men and women producing the products we use every day, building our world on factory floors everywhere. These Makers know their craft, and with their craft they make incredible things. Oden’s purpose is to empower Makers with data so that they can keep building our world.

Extrusion Best Practices: Tips and Tricks from Industry Experts Chris Rauwendaal and Bob Bessemer

Dec 5th 2016

At this years Oden Extrusion Data Conference, attendees gained insight into both the importance of being a data-driven culture and ways to increase the quality and efficiency of an extrusion line. Whether you’re looking to truly live by lean manufacturing principles or are trying to improve your root-cause analysis process, this list is a must read.