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3 Tips For Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 | by Dan McGrath | Comments

Many industrial operations struggle to find the right approach to protect their assets. Instead of designing protections into their systems, some manufacturers wrongly rely on their system’s complexity to keep assets hidden.       

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are Not Enough

September 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Joe Alphonse

ERP systems, while great for processing business transactions and managing accounting flows, struggle to determine precise accrual rates — a task that can lead directly to the misallocation of money.               

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Over a hundred planes fly into Louisville International Airport every night and unload at Worldport, which is on the airport grounds. Packages are sorted and reloaded before the planes return to their respective cities, and all of this happens within a matter of a few hours.

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10 Proactive Ways To Eliminate Distractions In The Warehouse

September 25, 2014 1:10 pm | by Jerry Matos

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Improving Electrical Safety In The Workplace

September 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Christina Chatfield

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

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7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 23, 2014 10:12 am | by Philip Odette

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage.                   

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4 Areas Of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Donna Fritz

Leveraging automation in key areas mitigates risk for mid-market companies.                                                  

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11 Ways To Keep Data Safe When Traveling Overseas

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeff Multz

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.”                         

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Allied Valve Uses IT Agility And Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 18, 2014 3:37 pm | by NetSuite

Allied Valve, a supplier of industrial valves, repairs and field services to power and chemical plants, refineries and other industrial installations in the north-central U.S., is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.

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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                 

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Top 3 Underground Data Centers In The U.S.

September 17, 2014 12:49 pm | by Natalie Lehrer

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism and security intrusions, plus they offer a number of advantages for organizations needing maximum data security.           

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Identity Management With Enterprise Service Bus Is Idealistic, But Not Reality

September 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by Dean Wiech

Identity management with the ESB is an utopian ideal. In architectural terms it is impressive, but it is not yet achievable in practice.                                 

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Market To Manufacturing: It’s Time To Digitize

September 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by John Paul Williams

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation, but companies need to leverage big data, cloud, social and mobile capabilities to create businesses that get them closer to their customers.     

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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 11:01 am | by Dieter Pape

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

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Demystifying The Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Diane Palmquist

The year 2020 seems to be the magic year for the Internet of Things when billions of devices are predicted to be wirelessly connected. One might conclude this will also be the year when “Industry 4.0” reaches its true potential.       

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The Importance Of Leadership And Employee Engagement In Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 1:16 pm | by Greg Goodwin

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Better Insights, Security And Efficiency With Brand Protection Software

September 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mark Prokosch

Cloud-based serialization platforms are emerging as the best way for brand owners to increase visibility across the entire life-cycle from suppliers, manufacturing and distribution to the end-user to maintain a high level of safety and security.

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Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by John Paul Williams

To harness the collective intelligence of their global suppliers, partners, customers and team members, manufacturers must embrace virtual proximity to build these connected relationships, while they stabilize and grow both local and global markets.

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How To Overcome The Top 5 Causes Of Project Failure

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Bryan Nielson

It’s a fact of life that not everything will go exactly as you’d planned. Failures large and small — from budget overruns, scope creep and missed deadlines to catastrophic technical issues — can crop up in even the most well-executed plans.   

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Ten Tips For A Successful ERP Implementation

September 8, 2014 12:46 pm | by Larry Korak

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

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Industrial VPN Cloud Services – The Future Of Secure Remote Support

September 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Mariam Gallegos

Every company wants to simplify its business costs and increase revenue but, often, the different applications or solutions available are expensive, vulnerable and too complicated to implement in-house.             

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