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Sensor Tech And IoT: Building The Intelligent Supply Chain

February 27, 2015 | by Jim Haughwout | Comments

Combining sensor and supply chain management data creates a smarter, more intelligent supply chain that aids companies in solving a variety of business problems every day.

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Why Manufacturers Need To Do Their Duty To Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 11:17 am | by Mariano Nunez

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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M&A In Manufacturing - Top 3 Data Lessons Learned

February 23, 2015 11:05 am | by Eric Stout

As manufacturing companies look toward the fast-growth areas of their business in favor of reducing non-core assets, M&A has become an effective strategy. However, from a data perspective, manufacturers must take the right steps to ensure proper quality and migration for all enterprise data involved. 

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Adopting Technology To Go Lean In 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 11:16 am | by Dave Lechleitner

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.

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The Untethered Technician

February 17, 2015 11:43 am | by Mark Hardesty

What maintenance technicians are accomplishing through wireless mobile devices is revolutionizing factory efficiency.

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Is It Time To Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

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Competing For The World’s Customers Calls For Managing Content Wisely

February 11, 2015 11:40 am | by Robert Bredlau

No matter how long they’ve been in business, global manufacturers for B2B and B2C goods must face the reality of a digital world in which customers expect a company’s website to provide them with all the information they need, and quickly, on whatever platform they’re using. 

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 10, 2015 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.     

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Technology On The Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Lori Payne

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor.

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Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Jesper Lillelund

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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When Operational Performance And Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 5, 2015 11:30 am | by Jack Moran

While there’s no one-size-fits all approach to costing, manufacturers should take a close look at their current method to ensure it generates data that enables management to drive the business forward.              

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The Challenges Of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 11:58 am | by Adam Gittler

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words ‘defect’ and ‘problem’. Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 3, 2015 12:29 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet Of Things Market

February 3, 2015 10:58 am | by Bart Fischer

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of today’s biggest business opportunities in the electronics and high tech industry and there are several ways high tech companies can capitalize on this burgeoning market.         

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How Manufacturers Can Activate Their Brands In The Digital Realm

February 2, 2015 11:10 am | by Mike Stutman

A lack of proactivity and investment is, at best, providing your competitors with space for differentiation and, at worst, putting your brand on a path toward irrelevancy and massive missed opportunities for business impact.       

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5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

January 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Doug Fair

There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise.             

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Manufacturing: 2015 Outlook

January 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond.                                       

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The Convenience Of Cloud For Process Integration

January 29, 2015 11:56 am | by Dave Sukowatey

As more companies get comfortable with cloud computing, the benefits of PLM delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application become more appealing.                           

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The World Of ME-Commerce

January 28, 2015 12:22 pm | by Derek Rickard

Automation levels the playing field for goods-to-person distribution against the mobile and electronic commerce explosion.                                     

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

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How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

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