What is the greatest threat to the American manufacturer? The great recession? Close, but not quite. Corporate espionage? Save it for the movies. Obamacare? Let’s not go there.
Integration is a word that many people in manufacturing use, a subset of those interact with and a much smaller subset truly understands. From a very high level, it makes absolute sense that various systems should be aware of each other and communicate as much as possible. I’d like to make an addendum and change the last word in that sentence from "possible" to "practical".
Having been involved in quality and process control for quite a few years now, I tend to read any article regarding a quality issue or anything related to new ideas for quality or process improvement.