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After Reshoring — Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 | by Pat Garrehy | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Aurimas Adomavicius

Interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation of data for digestion, interpretation and automation of strategic decisions to maximize uptime and profitability.

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by John Zegers

The director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, John Zegers, consults with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, he's been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to him that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing. Take a look at his predictions for the new year. 

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5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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Learn How Big Data And Analytics Are Driving Operational Excellence For A&D Manufacturers And Suppliers

December 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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The Importance Of Testing IT Readiness And Strong Backup Plans

December 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Chris Cooley

Every manufacturer recognizes that its IT network and application infrastructure get more complex every day. At the same time, pressure mounts to make sure that critical IT projects run smoothly, are cost-effective and provide a higher-than-ever ROI. Manufacturers also know that disruptions and outages are inevitable — and they understand the costs when a disaster strikes.

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Shoes, Perfectly Balanced

December 5, 2014 10:15 am | by New Balance

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

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The ABC’s Of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory)

December 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Tariq Choudry

We all know the that the goal of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is to provide a mutually beneficial relationship where both sides will be able to more smoothly and accurately control the availability and flow of goods. But how many of us are confident we’re actually doing it right?

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Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by Peter K. Bullen

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow — or both — an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

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Forget 'Made In China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

November 21, 2014 4:09 pm | by Kip Anthony

Once known as the “Workshop of the World” Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Onshoring

November 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by Noreen King

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.                  

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left

November 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by Tobin McGregor

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                   

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Home Is Where The Smart Is

November 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by Steve Chalgren

Smart appliances and integrated products depend not only on ideation and generation but also component innovation — better, faster, lighter, and connected are the new rules of the game. Manufacturers who take the lead in developing these products need a way to be as smart as the homes they are helping to build.

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 4:34 pm | by Mike Collins

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     

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4 Predictions On The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

November 17, 2014 12:35 pm | by Steve Erickson

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     

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5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Kirill Storch

While businesses already leverage smartphones for communication, companies are only now understanding the power of intra-company smartphone APPs as a mission-critical Mobile Process Improvement (MPI) asset that can actually drive productivity, enhance competitiveness and maximize revenue.

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Danielle Iera

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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