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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Comments

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                 

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Allied Valve Uses IT Agility And Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 18, 2014 3:37 pm | by NetSuite

Allied Valve, a supplier of industrial valves, repairs and field services to power and chemical plants, refineries and other industrial installations in the north-central U.S., is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.

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Top 3 Underground Data Centers In The U.S.

September 17, 2014 12:49 pm | by Natalie Lehrer

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism and security intrusions, plus they offer a number of advantages for organizations needing maximum data security.           

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Market To Manufacturing: It’s Time To Digitize

September 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by John Paul Williams

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation, but companies need to leverage big data, cloud, social and mobile capabilities to create businesses that get them closer to their customers.     

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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 11:01 am | by Dieter Pape

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

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The Importance Of Leadership And Employee Engagement In Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 1:16 pm | by Greg Goodwin

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by John Paul Williams

To harness the collective intelligence of their global suppliers, partners, customers and team members, manufacturers must embrace virtual proximity to build these connected relationships, while they stabilize and grow both local and global markets.

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How To Overcome The Top 5 Causes Of Project Failure

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Bryan Nielson

It’s a fact of life that not everything will go exactly as you’d planned. Failures large and small — from budget overruns, scope creep and missed deadlines to catastrophic technical issues — can crop up in even the most well-executed plans.   

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Ten Tips For A Successful ERP Implementation

September 8, 2014 12:46 pm | by Larry Korak

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

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Industrial VPN Cloud Services – The Future Of Secure Remote Support

September 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Mariam Gallegos

Every company wants to simplify its business costs and increase revenue but, often, the different applications or solutions available are expensive, vulnerable and too complicated to implement in-house.             

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ISM: Numbers Are Up On Strong Demand

September 4, 2014 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by David Schnitt

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: manufacturers’ over-reliance on purchase orders.

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Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

August 28, 2014 4:17 pm | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settled its long-running proceeding against the manufacturer of Buckyballs. The matter, which saw the CPSC pursue novel and arguably questionable enforcement tactics, provides lessons for all manufacturers.

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To Make Crowdsourcing Work, Move From Contests To Continual Innovation

August 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by John Paul Williams

While crowdsourcing is still in its early stages as a manufacturing enabler, it offers the potential to be a significant disrupter if taken seriously.                             

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Supply Chains, Big Data And Advanced Analytics

August 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer

More and more these days we are hearing about big data challenges and opportunities. So what exactly is big data and why should supply chain professionals care about the idea?                     

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Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity

After years of contraction, stagnation and only modest growth, senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

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Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

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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