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Gap Analysis: Driving ROI

June 30, 2015 | by Bilal Paracha | Comments

A gap analysis can move manufacturing facilities into the future of business intelligence. Forward-thinking owners should consider platforms that provide insight into their data warehouses and will connect various systems in order to gain data traceability

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In The Driver's Seat

June 26, 2015 11:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Chicago-area technology manufacturer MBX Systems saved more than $700,000 and increased net profit 23 percent by soliciting employee ideas for working smarter. 


Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 24, 2015 12:15 pm | by Daniel Erickson

In this age of Big Data, it is possible for manufacturers to warehouse and mine internal and external data, and use this data to their advantage.


Establish Authority In The Parts Market To Expand Revenue Channels

June 22, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mark Gross

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from implementing a content management strategy.


Improving Downtime And Disaster Recovery With Virtualization

June 17, 2015 7:53 am | by Jacob Haugen

Virtualization as a manufacturing tool is powerful because it's hardware independent for systems that cannot fail.


Vision, Response Critical For Ensuring Supply Chain Continuity

June 15, 2015 11:59 am | by Joe Shust, Editor

As economies become more global, supply chains have become more complicated. This places even greater emphasis on continuity as a strategic operational element.


Track And Trace Technology: One Cure For The Common Recall

June 12, 2015 11:27 am | by Jack Payne

For the most part companies are stepping up and taking accountability when contamination strikes, but the food and beverage manufacturing industry has much more work to do to prevent the endangerment of lives.


Reducing Touches: Managing Lifecycles In Material Handling

June 10, 2015 12:01 pm | by Larry Korak

The material handling industry is uniquely tied to the fortunes of other industries and, as such, has much to gain from investments in technology supporting the design and on-going management of product lifecycles.


Manufacturers Risk Getting Left Behind Without IT Innovation

June 9, 2015 11:48 am | by Raju Chekuri

Manufacturers must change how they use technology to innovate, or they will be left behind as other, more innovative competitors gain tighter control of their IT environments, and leverage that high-tech capability to drive innovation.


Using Technology To Boost Supplier Relationships

June 8, 2015 11:50 am | by Paul Noël

When it comes to the supply chain, technology can make a significant impact. The problem, however, is that technology is often under-utilized both internally and externally.


Mastering The Art Of ‘Oversees’ Shipping

June 5, 2015 11:21 am | by Rajiv Saxena

In today’s challenging logistics arena, there’s really no such thing as too much visibility — unless you’re okay with the idea of seeing some of your competitors walk away with some of your business.


E-Invoicing Requirements Facilitate Supply Chain Finance Opportunities

June 3, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Lewin

A look at how manufacturers can capitalize on government mandated electronic invoicing to realize internal efficiencies and benefit from supply chain and liquidity improvements.


Best Practices For Sharing Data Across The Enterprise

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Khris Kammer & Keith McPherson

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations.


Tips For Taking Your ERP Paperless

May 29, 2015 10:54 am | by Alyssa Kadansky

So you’ve implemented an ERP solution to help streamline your financial processes. But maybe you want to take your ERP solution one step further and help your office go completely paperless.


Do Your Business Processes Need A Spring Cleanup? Ask These 4 Questions

May 27, 2015 11:38 am | by Jeff Frankel

Here are 4 questions to help determine if your business processes are working across the enterprise or if you need to do some spring cleaning to make the most of 2015.  


The Industrial IoT Enables The First Factory Of The Future

May 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Andy Chang

By adding intelligence to its tools and shop floor systems, Airbus’ production process is becoming more efficient, ultimately bringing planes and aerospace equipment to market faster.


Lean Six Sigma: The Ultimate Tool To Strengthen Your Business

May 22, 2015 11:12 am | by Michael DeCata

It’s sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what’s needed to achieve consistent process improvement.


Automating SOP Management To Improve Quality, Oversight And Efficiency

May 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by Mika Javanainen

While quality and compliance rely heavily on the creation, sharing and maintenance of SOPs, it is through automation that optimal SOP management is achieved. 


How Cloud Apps Are Driving Manufacturing Innovation

May 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Francis Li

Manufacturers are becoming pioneers in the cloud space — despite their previously low-tech reputation — and exemplifying how cloud technology can fuel operational success.


7 Tips For A Successful Enterprise Software Implementation

May 18, 2015 11:43 am | by Sameer Bhatia

Here are seven tips to help your enterprise software implementation be a success.


Manufacturing Automation: Finding The ROI In A Digital Strategy

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by Larry Korak

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.



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