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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 | by Mike Collins | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Daily news and top headlines for IT professionals

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     

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5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Kirill Storch

While businesses already leverage smartphones for communication, companies are only now understanding the power of intra-company smartphone APPs as a mission-critical Mobile Process Improvement (MPI) asset that can actually drive productivity, enhance competitiveness and maximize revenue.

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Danielle Iera

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Katie Hilyar

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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How A Labeling Solution Saved A U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Josh Roffman

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment. 

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 10:36 am | by Laura Rokohl

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 12:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Amy Susan, the director of communications and marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, talks about what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession.           

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping The Industry

November 4, 2014 12:07 pm | by Christina Chatfield

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.               

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Taming The Complexity And Cost Of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ralf Suerken

Not having a single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

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What Mid-sized Automotive Aftermarket Distributors Need To Get Ahead

November 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Joe Swaim

Integrated supply chain management drives better profit margins, increased visibility and control of operations — from supplier to end-user.                               

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Simulation Software Provides Food Manufacturer The Secret Recipe To Achieve Production Goals

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | by Abbey Hatke

Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborate to deliver 10 percent increase in production capacity.                                       

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Do's And Don'ts Of IT/OT Collaboration

October 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Paul Brooks

Some practical guidance that can help professionals from both sides of the divide implement practices that will make life easier for their peers.                              

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American Certified Finds Growing Preference For 'Made In USA'

October 29, 2014 12:25 pm | by Jolie Darrow

A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be approaching its greatest peak in popularity since the 1940s. But it was only recently that American Certified realized to what extent the movement has resurged in the American consciousness.   

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Walk, Don’t Run: A Security Framework For Midsize Organizations

October 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jeff Multz

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.        

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Application Recommendations For Wireless EtherNet/IP

October 28, 2014 12:50 pm | by Eduard Polyakov

Deploying a wireless network requires thoughtful planning and design, as well as periodic monitoring to meet expectations for bandwidth, throughput, reliability and security.                     

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5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 27, 2014 12:33 pm | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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Workforce Management In The Cloud Becomes A Competitive Advantage

October 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by Vicki Bergendal

A cloud-based workforce management system can automated the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                                

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The Role Of Cloud Based ERP In Reshoring Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 10:39 am | by Pat Garrehy

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective — ultimately driving greater revenue.

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