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Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 23, 2014 | by Randy Marble | Comments

The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

John Sheridan, senior account representative at 3M, takes a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.           


What's Trending: GE's First 'Micro-Factory'; How Heartbleed Affects Mfg.

April 18, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback including: Toyota Camry's makeover; Google's purchase of Titan Aerospace; and unveiling a Corvette convertible.              


Case Study: The Right System For A Growing Business

April 18, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

After some homemade cloth diapers sell big on eBay for a Knoxville, Tenn. couple, Blueberry Diapers was born. But the couple found that growing their business wouldn’t be as easy as their early sales. With all of their drive and ambition, limiting technology was holding them back. 


Highlights From The New York International Auto Show

April 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Car makers rev their engines for the New York International Auto Show this week as they show their stuff to reporters. Here’s a look at some of the vehicles being showcased at the Big Apple car show.               


Look To MRP Software For Inventory Management Visibility

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by Pete Zimmerman, Manufacturing Segment Manager, VAI

Manufacturers must have visibility into their inventory because it allows them to make better informed and more financially efficient purchasing decisions.                           


5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Workflow

April 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Manufacturers in general do a good job of protecting their data, but the task of making sure that access within the organization is restricted on a need-to-know basis can be monumental.                   


What's Trending: Tesla Sued By Lemon Law King; Porsche's Plug-In Hybrid

April 11, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Tesla sued by Lemon Law King; the Porsche plug-in hybrid; and 3D printing chocolate.                     


Maintenance Team Training Increase Uptime For Manufacturer

April 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by Videojet Technologies Inc.

With the addition of the new equipment, William H. Harvey Manufacturing Co. had several different printer models on the plant floor. The maintenance team had varying degrees of knowledge regarding operation and maintenance of all the equipment. Eventually, the company started to see an increase in downtime related to simple issues like preventive maintenance and troubleshooting of the printers.


Six Tips To Successfully Deploy Cloud Solutions

April 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jim Shepherd, VP of Strategy, Plex

We are entering a new era of manufacturing — one where manufacturers need to move fast and strike hard in order to stay ahead of competitors and stay relevant to customers. This type of maneuverability depends heavily on technology, leading companies to take stock of their ERP solutions and evaluate if they can succeed with what they have.


How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.


What The Future Holds For Cloud Computing

April 9, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc.

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into the opportunities and limitations of service in the cloud, as well as what the future brings for cloud computing.


Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturers may not be taking full advantage of research and development federal tax credits, so Manufacturing Business Technology took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II from Mueller Prost PC to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.


How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 8, 2014 11:14 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

The current buzz-term “Big Data” may be slightly misleading in the strictest sense. Most manufacturers are quite accustomed to having big amounts of data flowing throughout their organizations, but have historically lacked the context that gives that data actionable meaning — giving birth to the oft used phrase, “data rich, but information poor.”


What's Trending: Caterpillar's Tax Problem; Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Home

April 4, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Beer brewers upset over proposed rule; Caterpillar's tax problem; and Milwaukee wants to bring Pabst home.               


Save Costs On Press Upgrades

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pilz

The competency of the plant and machine builder are in demand when machinery is bought new, but where retrofit measures are concerned, it is the design engineers that are faced with a wide range of challenges.           


Building The Industrial Cloud: The Immediate Future Of M2M Technology

April 2, 2014 12:50 pm

If the Internet of Things is already big news among retail manufacturers, it’s even bigger news in heavy industries. For these companies, the possibility of rolling out cheap, massively distributed networks that can collect and communicate consumer and process data offers tantalizing and easily understood business opportunities. The only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work. 


ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business


Why Should You Invest In A Cloud ERP System?

April 1, 2014 12:34 pm | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock Software, Founder and CEO

Every company has a unique set of circumstances and will require its own way to justify a major investment in new ERP software. Here's a look at some strategies for getting upper management to sign off on software investments.       


Auto News: The Latest From Ford, BMW, GM, FCA & Rolls-Royce

March 31, 2014 12:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

A lot has happened with U.S.-based automakers since the end of last week. Here’s a look at the major news and announcements to recently come out of the auto industry.                        


The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

March 31, 2014 11:01 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.   



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