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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.