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A Greener Supply Chain Starts At The Dock

January 28, 2011 9:05 am | by Michael Brittingham, Manager, Marketing Communications 4Front Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

If a company isn’t practicing sustainability yet, chances are good that someone who is part of their supply chain will either ask or demand that they do. More and more companies are becoming aware of the need for a greener supply chain. A recent Material Handling Institute of America survey of material handling and logistics management found that 79 percent of facilities have instituted or are planning to institute sustainability goals for their operations.

Fear And Loathing In Redwood City

January 28, 2011 8:32 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

Most companies wouldn’t know how to innovate if the opportunity wandered up to bite them on the leg — it is simply not within their purview. Last column , I mentioned that our spin-off company, Active Water Sciences (AWS), was a runner up in the Environmental category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards.

Trust In Business A Scarce Commodity

January 28, 2011 8:16 am | Videos | Comments

According to a recent survey, trust in businesses is becoming a scarce commodity in the United States these days. The survey, conducted by Edelman, says only 46 percent of people in the United States trust in business. To get a better understanding of why that is, CNN's Richard Quest picked the brain of Edelman CEO Richard Edelman.

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Full-Featured Soft Starters

January 28, 2011 4:37 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) recently announced that its line of Stellar soft starters now includes the SR44 series of solid-state soft starters to control three-phase AC induction motors. The fully-digital SR44 soft starters use thyristors in all three motor phases.

The Automation Federation And IMS To Develop International Automation Competency Model Network

January 27, 2011 10:54 am | News | Comments

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – The Automation Federation (AF) recently announced that the Automation Federation Board of Directors has approved the participation of AF as project leader for a new manufacturing technology project within the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program. The purpose of this project is to develop an international network through which the Automation Competency Model (ACM), developed by AF and the United States Department of Labor in 2009, can be disseminated, promulgated, and updated.

Opto 22 And Pulse Energy Announce Business Partnership

January 27, 2011 10:44 am | News | Comments

TEMECULA, CA -- Regulating and conserving energy are major concerns for businesses large and small, and many are now seeking to reduce costs by altering their operations and establishing new energy-efficient practices and policies. To help facility managers, building occupants, and executives accomplish this, Opto 22 and Vancouver-based Pulse Energy have combined their expertise to offer customers the visibility and data they need to understand their energy usage, pinpoint problems, and reduce costs.

Photo Of The Week: A Look At The LEAF Assembly Line

January 27, 2011 10:03 am | News | Comments

In this photo taken on Jan. 25, 2011, Nissan Motor Co. workers install a battery charger in a Nissan electric vehicle LEAF on the assembly line at the Japanese automaker's Oppama plant in Yokosuka near Tokyo. Japan's export growth accelerated for the second straight month in December, indicating a revival of overseas demand critical to the country's recovery.

AT&T: We're Going To Push Android Phones

January 27, 2011 9:58 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of AT&T Inc. on Thursday said the company will start "very aggressively" marketing smart phones based on Google Inc.'s Android software now that it will no longer be the exclusive carrier for Apple Inc.'s iPhone in the U.S. So far, Verizon Wireless, AT&T's chief competitor, has been the biggest supporter of Android.

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GM To Withdraw $14.4B Federal Loan Application

January 27, 2011 9:57 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, in another sign of its progress since a government-led bankruptcy, said Thursday it is withdrawing its application for $14.4 billion in federal loans it had sought to help build more fuel-efficient cars. GM, which has posted three straight profitable financial quarters since its 2009 bankruptcy, said it no longer needed the loans because the company's cash position has improved.

Government Panel: Financial Crisis Was Avoidable

January 27, 2011 9:55 am | by Daniel Wagner and Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government-appointed panel investigating the roots of the financial crisis says the meltdown occurred because government officials and Wall Street executives ignored warning signs and failed to manage risks. The crisis could have been avoided, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission determined in a final report released Thursday that was only supported by Democrats on the panel.

Caterpillar Quadruples 4Q Profit

January 27, 2011 9:54 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Caterpillar more than quadrupled its fourth-quarter profit as stronger demand helped increase global sales of mining and construction equipment. The Peoria, Illinois, based company said Thursday that it generated $968 million net income, or $1.47 per share. That's much higher than last year's $232 million net income, or 36 cents per share, but last year's fourth quarter was also hurt by layoff costs that consumed 5 cents per share of profit.

China To Step Up Its Controversial Technology Plans

January 27, 2011 9:53 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to step up efforts to develop clean energy and other technology industries this year, government officials said Thursday, a strategy that has strained trade ties with Washington and other governments. Beijing also will create an "enabling environment" for homegrown next-generation mobile technology and electric cars, said Zhu Hongren, a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Computer Hacking Made Simple?

January 27, 2011 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

Internet security experts are more than a little worried about a new website that offers individuals the opportunity to purchase administrator access to various sites for a specific price. Examples include military sites and university sites, among others. Is it an elaborate hoax or a threat? I'll let you be the judge.

Supply-Chain Analytics: Beyond ERP & SCM

January 27, 2011 8:07 am | by SAS | White Papers

 Leading manufacturing companies have come to realize that to remain competitive, they must do more than just plan and act within the four walls of a plant. To offer the flexibility and increased responsiveness that customers so desire — and to meet their goals of cost containment and improved efficiency — manufacturers must connect across their supply-chains and derive analytical insights from data within.

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Who's To Blame In The iPad Hacking Case?

January 27, 2011 8:00 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Associate Editor, | Articles | Comments

The blame for the incident lays more evenly between AT&T and the two hackers who claimed responsibility for the breach, and neither side comes out completely clean.

Manage The Process And The Product

January 27, 2011 7:55 am | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO, Omnify | Articles | Comments

As PLM has evolved, and its functionality has grown to encompass more information management across an organization, there is an obvious fit for PLM to support downstream processes such as BOM Routing. It is well known that getting a product to market quickly is critical to a company’s success.

Analyze That

January 27, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cranes Software (Bangalore, India) recently announced the latest release of the SigmaPlot 12, a scientific data analysis and graphing software package. SigmaPlot 12 is designed to provide researchers with an enriched user interface and increased ease of use. Furthermore, it is designed to offer new features for the quick analysis of data and the creation of exact, publication-quality graphs.

SYSPRO'S Benadretti On CRN's List Of Top 100 Execs

January 26, 2011 10:22 am | News | Comments

COSTA MESA, CA – SYSPRO, the leading provider of visionary, pragmatic ERP software, today announced that SYSPRO USA President Joey Benadretti has been named one of the top 100 executives of 2010 by CRN.com. Benadretti is included in the group of twenty-five “Top Channel Chiefs in Software.

MTI Systems Announces Record International Sales For Costimator

January 26, 2011 10:15 am | News | Comments

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – MTI Systems Inc.,a leading provider of innovative cost estimating solutions for manufacturing, today announced record 2010 international sales for its flagship software product, Costimator. The company confirmed that it has secured a record number of international contracts in 2010, including orders from companies based out of Poland, India, China, Canada Belgium and Mexico, amongst others.

AspenTech Announces OPTIMIZE 2011 Global Conference

January 26, 2011 10:10 am | News | Comments

BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Aspen Technology, Inc., a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its global conference, OPTIMIZE 2011, will be held in Washington, D.C. in May 2011. OPTIMIZE 2011 will showcase how the world’s leading process industry companies use process optimization to achieve superior financial and operating results.

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