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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

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The New Face Of Manufacturing: Conquering An Omnichannel World

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Adam Kline

Omnichannel is one of the hottest buzz-words in supply chain today, but how far does the concept reach? You hear a lot about how omnichannel impacts retailers, carriers and even some wholesalers… but its potential to disrupt the manufacturing industry may surprise you.

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Juicing Up That Other Engine Under Your Hood

August 22, 2014 10:59 am | by Venkateswaran Vinod

The challenge for tech companies and automakers alike is that computer hardware and software embedded in a new car can be obsolete in just a couple years. But the owner will drive the car for an average of six to seven years before he trades it in for a new model. 

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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

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What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

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Distributing Computing Resources Closer To The Decision Point

August 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Andy Banathy

Internal and external factors — namely plant optimization and regulation compliance — are driving plants to bring more industrial computing resources onto the plant floor.                       

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7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 15, 2014 11:27 am | by Will Bacon

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.                       

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Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman

Manufacturers have traditionally sold products through sales channels with a one-size-fits-all approach. However, as the marketplace becomes more competitive and customers have more options, they are turning to data-driven marketing solutions to better target end-users.

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Right-Shoring: Where Is The Optimum Place To Manufacture?

August 8, 2014 11:40 am | by Jeff Sweeney

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important.                   

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Using Social Media In The Supply Chain

August 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ed Rusch

Social media brings businesses closer to their customers, provides a platform for communication and building thought leadership, and when executed properly it can help drive business and provide a significant return on investment.     

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 5, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, says the report is fairly well balanced, yet growth is slower in both imports and exports.            

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Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

August 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Hari Menon

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But, in reality, they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. 

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Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Asana hopes that its software that combines the elements of a communal notebook, social network, instant messaging application and online calendar will enable teams of employees to share information and do most of their jobs without relying on email.

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Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line At A Time

July 30, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chet Namboodri & Patrick Gilbert

From connected energy to more efficient hospitals to smart cities, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is producing real, transformative results. Amongst industries, manufacturing has the most potential for growth and development by connecting the unconnected.

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Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dean Wiech

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

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Smoothing The Transition To ISO 9000 With Effective File Control

July 29, 2014 11:27 am | by Greg Milliken

Moving a library of ISO compliance documents, instrument design drawings and product manuals into a cloud-based, single virtual file repository helped Bentley Instruments find a simple way to store, share and retrieve standards documents with all of its locations. 

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Advice For Moving To Omnichannel Commerce

July 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Ranga Bodla

Manufacturers will modernize their B2B infrastructures to support many-to-many connections and integration between IT systems. Thanks to the advent of cloud-based computing, B2B commerce applications don't require the purchase of additional hardware or software, or need full time IT staffers to deploy and manage it.

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Mixing It Up The KitchenAid Way

July 25, 2014 11:48 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                       

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3 Reasons To Invest In A Pick-To-Light Strategy

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Kevin Sosnowski

Light-directed picking has become a go-to solution for thousands of busy modern warehouses — and with good reason. Here are three ways that pick-to-light technology is an invaluable part of an efficient distribution strategy.       

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