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Highlights From The New York International Auto Show

April 17, 2014 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

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.               

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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.                           

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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.                   

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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.                     

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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.

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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.

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

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

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.               

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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. 

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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

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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.       

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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.                        

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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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How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

March 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

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Control System Upgrade Saves Manufacturer Millions, Reshores Production

March 28, 2014 10:14 am | by Lyle Miller, Architecture Solutions Architect, Rockwell Automation

CommScope management realized the company could save upward of $6 million per year in shipping costs if it moved production from Suzhou, China to its facility in Claremont, N.C. But in order to make the move, the company needed to upgrade its automation equipment.

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The Enlightened Plant

March 26, 2014 12:51 pm | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur

How a modern process automation system delivers new insight to plant operations.                                                 

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Justification For Migration

March 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                 

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What's Trending: Goodyear's New Blimp; An Amateur Race Car

March 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Wireless electricity; Goodyear's new blimp; and the $1.8M race car for amateurs.                     

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Manufacturing The Internet Of Things

March 21, 2014 11:56 am | by Tom Racciatti, West Monroe Partners

In the keynote presentation of 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show, Cisco CEO, John Chambers, estimated the market opportunity related to the Internet of Things to be valued at $19 trillion. Further, Chambers said that manufacturing would account for roughly $2.9 trillion of the total opportunity.

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