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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 16, 2014 | by Allison Parker | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

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Why Failing To Deliver On Time Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

July 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Steve Leavitt

In the competitive world of manufacturing, few things are worse than failing to deliver products on time. Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers or, even worse, drive them toward a competitor.         

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When Shopping For An ERP Solution, Beware The Empty Promise

July 11, 2014 10:51 am | by Timothy D. Garcia


Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

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How One U.S. Supplier Helped Bring Manufacturing Home

July 10, 2014 10:42 am | by Robert Moakler

Undeniably, U.S. supply chains suffered structural damage due to many years of offshoring. However, daily evidence indicates that domestic relationships are being strengthened and rebuilt, which is exactly what happened when one automotive designer and engineer met a U.S. manufacturer and they began to collaborate.

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Purchase Order Management Must Go Way Beyond Simply Tracking Purchase Orders

July 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Successful manufacturers need to keep track of inventory from the moment it's ordered from the supplier to the moment it is delivered to their customer.                            

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For Manufacturers, No Time Like The Present For Exchange Server Hosting

July 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by Adam Stern

A dedicated, remotely hosted Exchange Server enables companies to save money on the cost of ownership and administration. And it comes with a significant dividend: the ability to redeploy IT staff for other projects and initiatives.     

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How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Steve Leavitt

Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist that provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the startling price tag and complexity.                   

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Adaptive Process Control Delivers Greater Profit

July 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by Robert Golightly

Model-based predictive control techniques have become a pragmatic choice in the industrial world. While there have been significant benefits with sustained value tools they have not been able to solve the whole problem in an integrated, systematic way.

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ISM: Manufacturing On Solid Ground Heading Into Second Half Of 2014

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 13th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 61st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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The Knowledge Management Opportunity In Manufacturing: INO’s Success Story

July 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Pierre Bergeron

Institut National D’Optique realized that it needed a better way to share critical knowledge and information across teams, to ensure an accurate, consolidated view of all information, in near real-time, and get new employees up to speed quickly in order to be efficient.

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 1, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jason Peck

The costs and inefficiencies of paper forms are no longer lost on manufacturing businesses that are ramping up efforts to shift paper forms and manual processes to mobile apps — and to integrate mobility with key business processes.     

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IaaS: Increasingly, The Smart Choice For Growing Manufacturers

June 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by Adam Stern

Specialized offerings not only make IaaS providers more competitive and differentiated, they give manufacturers greater choice — a true win-win.                               

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Group Dynamic

June 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

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T1red Of P@sswords? Y0u @re N*t @lone!

June 27, 2014 11:48 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer

Trying to remember the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol passwords created to access various online accounts can be a headache. But you're not the only one with this problem.                   

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Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

June 27, 2014 11:28 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology; it’s here today.                                                   

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Blurring The Lines Between Manufacturing And Retail

June 25, 2014 12:19 pm | by Chuck Fuerst

Here's a look at three ways a warehouse management system (WMS) can pave the way to success in a multi-channel marketplace.                                     

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4 Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

June 24, 2014 12:57 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.       

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Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

June 23, 2014 12:54 pm | by Michael Harris

It is important to have a proper program for reporting and tracking both productive and non-productive aspects of operations. Looking for ways to remove idle time and eliminate bottlenecks requires diligence over time and a focus on continuous improvement.

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 19, 2014 3:50 pm | by Dan North

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.                 

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Opening A Window To Linux Virtual Server Hosting

June 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by Adam Stern

In the belief that simpler is better, small and midsize manufacturers are increasingly turning to Linux virtual server hosting. But in order for manufacturers to determine if this type of hosting is the appropriate solution for their specific needs, it’s necessary to understand how it works.

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Taking Action From Analytics

June 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by Pradeep Amladi

Practical advice for using data analytics to make smarter manufacturing decisions and add value.                                            

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