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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 14, 2014 | by Michael Bialko | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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4 Trends For A&D Value Chains: New Opportunities, New Challenges

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Su Doyle

Within the aerospace and defense segment, four trends are driving the adoption of RFID to achieve improved process automation, efficiency and traceability.                           

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks Of A Future SMART Plant

October 10, 2014 3:55 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan

The advent of intelligent sensors and wireless technologies has paved the way for the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain wide recognition.                                 

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Extended LEAN Best Practices

October 10, 2014 11:10 am | by Eric Lail

With an Extended LEAN approach, companies examine the whole supply chain, connect end-to-end value streams and use actionable intelligence to ensure a continuous adoption of change.                   

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In Today’s Supply Chain, Anticipating Risk Is Only Half The Battle

October 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Sundar Kamakshisundaram

Companies that embrace the concept of predictive risk management can avoid pitfalls and vault ahead of the competition.                                     

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Change: A CEO’s Job In The 21st Century

October 8, 2014 11:06 am | by Brian Kennell

Pioneering companies proactively embrace change — not on a reactionary basis or simply as inevitability, but as an opportunity to challenge the status quo and achieve greater success.                   

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3 Tips For Moving Operations Management To The Cloud

October 7, 2014 1:02 pm | by Ralf Suerken

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.         

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7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 6, 2014 12:16 pm | by Steve Wooledge

Here are seven use cases that illustrate how big data and Hadoop are being used to improve quality, optimize operations and reduce costs.                                 

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

October 2, 2014 4:28 pm | by Fred Thomas

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product — on demand.             

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How To Select The Right Safety System For Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 4:09 pm | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies.   

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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eBook: Mastering Field Service In Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 4:09 pm | by ServiceMax

Did you know that 61 percent of the best performing field service organizations incentivize their technicians based on team profitability? In this eBook you will learn modern field service best practices based on how the most innovative organizations operate their businesses today.

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Built-In Business Intelligence

October 1, 2014 3:57 pm | by IFS North America

IFS recently conducted a survey of Manufacturing Business Technology readers to find out the extent that companies were adopting business intelligence programs and to what degree those programs were being integrated with their ERP solutions. 

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Optimizing The Digital Factory

October 1, 2014 1:21 pm | by Sean Riley

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.               

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3 Tips For Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 11:41 am | by Dan McGrath

Many industrial operations struggle to find the right approach to protect their assets. Instead of designing protections into their systems, some manufacturers wrongly rely on their system’s complexity to keep assets hidden.       

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are Not Enough

September 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Joe Alphonse

ERP systems, while great for processing business transactions and managing accounting flows, struggle to determine precise accrual rates — a task that can lead directly to the misallocation of money.               

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Q&A With Kenesto

September 26, 2014 3:43 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Stephen Bodnar, senior vice president of strategy and products with Kenesto, took some time to talk with Manufacturing Business Technology about his company and what it has to offer manufacturers.               

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Over a hundred planes fly into Louisville International Airport every night and unload at Worldport, which is on the airport grounds. Packages are sorted and reloaded before the planes return to their respective cities, and all of this happens within a matter of a few hours.

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10 Proactive Ways To Eliminate Distractions In The Warehouse

September 25, 2014 1:10 pm | by Jerry Matos

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Improving Electrical Safety In The Workplace

September 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Christina Chatfield

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

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Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Steve Leavitt

Automation and integration aren’t ends, they are means. Once you implement technology, the hard part is adapting your organization, including your extended supply chain, to capitalize the insights.               

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