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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need To Invest In APM

April 27, 2015 | by Dan Miklovic | Comments

Failure to meet regulatory reporting requirements carries a direct impact on profitability, ranging from a fine or penalty that might or might not be substantial to outright invalidation of the product requiring rework at the least or scrapping in the worst case.

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Could Your Supply Chain Be Your Weak Link In Risk Management?

April 24, 2015 11:06 am | by Steve Durbin

Supply chains are a vital component of every organization’s global business operations and the backbone of today’s global economy. However, security chiefs everywhere are concerned about how open they are to an abundance of risk factors.

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Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 23, 2015 11:02 am | by Lori Payne

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing software and are beginning to evaluate their options, here are four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 10:48 am | by Bob McKee

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

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Manufacturers Are Looking To The Cloud

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 15, 2015 11:12 am | by Sid Geddam

Three factors that should be top of mind so that the lean warehouse can change, grow and help enable shifts in a company’s expanding business.

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How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

April 14, 2015 10:31 am | by John Kelley & Kerrie Jordan

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail – product lifecycle management.  

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Who Owns The Asset And The Data In APM And Servitization?

April 13, 2015 11:15 am | by Dan Miklovic

Asset Performance Management (APM), like so many other evolving enterprise applications is beginning to move to the cloud. The advanced analytics and the big data aspects of asset reliability are well-suited to amalgamation in the cloud. The level of confidence in a prediction is often dependent on the quantity of the data used to make the prediction.

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Embedded Database Technology Will Enable The IoT

April 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Wayne Warren

As an ever-growing number of smart, connected devices generate more and more data in a global information space, here’s a look at how embedded database technology will underpin the Internet of Things.

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 8, 2015 10:47 am | by Simon Wieczner

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. Because there are only basic prerequisites in equipping users in the supply chain with the ability to access important documents, this technology is truly revolutionary. 

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Combatting The Challenges Of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 10:54 am | by John Hinchey

While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

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How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

April 6, 2015 10:49 am | by Tom Grace

Information and best practices for identifying and avoiding counterfeit electrical products.

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows In March

April 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 70th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Negotiation Considerations For Performance Guarantees And Service Level Agreements

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Steele Clayton & Shelley R. Thomas

A discussion regarding the use of performance guarantees and service level agreements to establish contractual metrics that allows both customer and vendor the opportunity to assess objectively the other party’s performance under the contract. 

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 1, 2015 10:36 am | by John Renick

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

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Top Ten Benefits Of A Mobile Remote Monitoring Solution

March 31, 2015 11:52 am | by Melissa Topp

Here’s a ‘Top 10’ of what you should expect from a top mobile remote monitoring software solution.

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The Apple Watch And The Bauble-ization Of Wearable Tech

March 30, 2015 11:06 am | by Sagar Jethani

While Apple is to be credited for helping force the evolution of wearable tech beyond being mere novelty items, manufacturers following in Apple’s wake must avoid the temptation to merely produce baubles with microchips.

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The State Of Manufacturing ERP Systems

March 30, 2015 8:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturing Business Technology recently surveyed its readers to understand their ERP usage and needs. Here's a look at those results, plus industry insights on where ERP solutions are today, the biggest challenges for ERP systems, and where the systems are headed. 

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Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

March 30, 2015 8:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 1

March 27, 2015 11:09 am | by Greg Goodwin

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce Is Changing The Manufacturing Business

March 27, 2015 11:05 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business.

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