Electronic Instructions for Use (eIFU)

Electronic Instructions for Use (eIFU) are digital alternatives to traditional printed product manuals, particularly prevalent in regulated indust...

Corrective Action Request (CAR)‍

A Corrective Action Request (CAR) prompts suppliers or manufacturers to investigate product defects or nonconformities. It triggers corrective act...

Change Control

Change control refers to the systematic process of managing and implementing changes within a manufacturing or software environment. It involves do...

Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete Manufacturing is the manufacturing practice of operating with a bill of materials (BOM) to create various parts of a product that are then...

Condition Monitoring

Condition monitoring is one way to keep track of each piece of machinery’s status and to quickly pick up on any anomalies that might point to a pro...

Batch Manufacturing

Batch production refers to a method in manufacturing in which products are created as specified groups, or amounts, that each go through a series o...

Continuous Manufacturing

Continuous manufacturing, otherwise known as process manufacturing, is a flow production method in which factories are continuously producing goods...

Cloud Manufacturing

Cloud manufacturing refers to running a manufacturing facility’s software systems and platforms on the cloud.


The internet of things, or IoT, is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are...

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is the process by which companies embed technologies across their businesses to drive fundamental change.

Smart Factory

A smart factory is a digitised manufacturing facility that uses connected devices, machinery and production systems to continuously collect and sha...

Connected Enterprise

Connected Enterprise means having your processes aligned and connected across all functions, and your people and partners all working together to m...

Agile Manufacturing

Agile manufacturing is a manufacturing methodology that places an emphasis on being able to quickly meet changing customer demands, needs or wishes...


TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) is a holistic approach to equipment maintenance that strives to achieve perfect production: No Breakdowns. No Sm...


Tool data management (TDM) software solutions ensure that tools are always available where they are needed on the shop floor.


Manufacturing operations management (MOM) is a further development of the traditional MES.


A manufacturing data management (MDM) module can be seen as a point of entry and basis for more comprehensive digitalization based on an MES soluti...


A manufacturing control system (MCS for short) is planning software for controlling manufacturing.


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems process organizational production data to plan, control, and manage these resources at the enterprise le...


Production data acquisition (PDA), also called BDE or PDC, data collection about a company's processes. It is the deliberate monitoring, tracking, ...


A SCADA system typically includes a combination of software and hardware elements: programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and remote terminal units ...


Machine data acquisition (MDA) constitutes the interface between the machines that produce the data and the digital processing of this data.


An engineering bill of materials (EBOM) is a product recipe structured from the design standpoint, rather than the manufacturing standpoint.


Advanced product quality planning (APQP) represents a framework of procedures used to develop products in the automotive industry.

Digital Shopfloor Management (dSFM)

The DSFM applications collect, process, and evaluate production data, enabling decisions to minimize and avoid production downtime in the long term.

Digital Factory

A digital factory is a dynamic network of digital models, methods and tools for planning, commissioning and operating a production facility. Far be...

IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)

IIoT stands for the Industrial Internet of Things and refers to a network of connected devices in the industrial sector. It is a subset of the Inte...


Composable platforms allow nontechnical teams to build software using “building blocks” composed of powerful business capabilities.

Machine Data Acquisition (MDA)

The key to the Smart Factory is the evaluation of machine data. Therefore, the fourth industrial revolution begins with a future-oriented, flexibl...

Order Management

The planning, directing, monitoring, and controlling of the processes related to customer orders, manufacturing orders, and purchase orders.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance (QA) is any systematic process of determining whether a product or service meets specified requirements.

Quality Management System

In short, a QMS helps a company to meet its regulatory requirements and customer requirements, and make continuous improvements to its operations.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) is the active management of supply chain activities to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive ...

Manufacturing Execution System

A manufacturing execution system (MES) or manufacturing information system (MIS) is a comprehensive and dynamic information system that automates m...

Digital Twin

A Digital Twin is essentially virtualization technology and enables transparency and tracking at every point of the product life cycle.

Traceability Matrix

A traceability matrix is a document that details the technical requirements for a given test scenario and its current state. It helps the testing t...


Traceability is the capability to trace something. In some cases, it is interpreted as the ability to verify the history, location, or application ...

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