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The Next Frontier Of Competitive Wars In Supplier Management

November 26, 2012 10:01 am | by Vineet Seth, Head of Product Management, SAP Global Business Incubator

If you are responsible for managing the supply base within your company, in order to be very successful you must not only be a procurement expert and an operations whiz, but also an analytical data junkie. In the face of ever-shortening product lifecycles, increased cost pressures and lean supply chains, you are continually faced with potential supply disruptions.

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Don’t Sing The Outsourcing Blues

November 20, 2012 4:59 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Outsourced services and functions are common practice for most businesses, yet they come with their own set of horror stories and sad  songs. Avoid disappointment with a simple outsourcing rule: Don’t buy the most capable solution; buy the one that will do it your own way.

Increasing Efficiency Of Wireless Networks

November 19, 2012 5:08 pm | by Sean Nealon, University of California

Two professors at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new method that doubles the efficiency of wireless networks and could have a large impact on the mobile Internet and wireless industries.

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IMTS Boosts Manufacturing Technology Orders

November 19, 2012 4:49 pm

“In the 17 years that this data has been collected, there is only one other month that broke $600 million. Both of those were in months that reflected sales from IMTS, showing its strength as the largest manufacturing event in the Americas,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT President.

Manufacturing Skills Gap Less Pervasive Than Thought

November 19, 2012 10:03 am | by The Boston Consulting Group

The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing today is more limited than many people believe and is unlikely to prevent a projected resurgence in U.S. manufacturing by the end of this decade. But more severe shortages could develop, threatening to constrain that revival, unless aggressive steps are taken now, according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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Q&A: How To Handle Your Supply Chain When Natural Disasters Strike

November 19, 2012 9:51 am | by Siva Paramasivam, Senior Manager of Supply Chain Operations, Deloitte Consulting

In this challenging environment, forward-looking insights combined with disciplined execution can help organizations ensure that their supply chain is healthy and robust, helping to assuage the impact of unexpected chaos, like the recent Hurricane Sandy that hit the east coast.

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Transforming The Relationship Between Manufacturers And The DoD

November 16, 2012 10:05 am | by Mitch Free, MFG.com Founder and CEO

The challenges of sourcing complex manufactured goods to support the Department of Defense (DoD) create significant obstacles for the U.S. manufacturing industry. These obstacles increase defense costs, hinder the Department’s ability to keep equipment operational and impede military readiness.

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Hidden Opportunities Within Your Plant, Part 2

November 15, 2012 2:54 pm | by Todd Smith, FactoryTalk Metrics Product Manager, Rockwell Automation

In some cases, disparate data points alone aren’t enough to compel a manufacturer to action, especially when operators can’t physically see the problem identified by the data. Rather, it’s combining data in a way that defines root causes that offers compelling enough evidence to drive actionable improvements.

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PwC: Industrial Manufacturing M&A Activity Rebounds

November 14, 2012 10:55 am | by PwC

The resilience of the U.S. manufacturing sector and the slow, but stable overall economic growth, may have been attractive for strategic, long-term investors.  Moreover, the value of North American targets far exceeded the value of targets from any other region, an indication of both the size and maturity of targets from this region and the fairly attractive nature of the North American manufacturing market.

Hidden Opportunities Within Your Plant, Part 1

November 14, 2012 10:41 am | by Todd Smith, FactoryTalk Metrics Product Manager, Rockwell Automation

“Does my plant need an overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) system?” That question is top of mind for many plant managers intent on measuring and improving productivity. OEE is a simple performance indicator to which all managers can relate. But using an OEE score alone to reduce costs is like using a credit score to reduce monthly expenses. A credit score doesn’t provide any guidance in terms of actual performance and root causes.

Entrepreneurial Nation

November 12, 2012 5:41 pm

Ro Khanna, former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently discussed his new book, Entrepreneurial Nation; and discussed what manufacturers can learn from the aerospace industry, why Solyndra is not a U.S. solar manufacturing failure, and what he sees for the future of American manufacturing.

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The Reality Of IP Theft

November 8, 2012 3:41 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

IP attacks continue to be prevalent, and the avenues of breach are numerous. While manufacturers can’t prevent every employee from clicking on a phishing link, or close every gap in their external firewalls, they can implement better security awareness, so that they are left in the dark when attacks occur.

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Q&A: The Future Of CAD

November 8, 2012 3:22 pm

Mike Campbell, General Manager, CAD for PTC recently spoke to Manufacturing Business Technology about how CAD technology is changing, how companies are taking advantage of new technology, and some of the latest and most notable trends related to CAD.

ERP Deployment: It's A Matter Of Preference

November 8, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturers can take solace in knowing there are a few different deployment options, but the proper choice isn’t always readily obvious. Whether they ultimately opt for on-premise, cloud, or some sort of hybrid approach to deployment, the thought process behind the choice must be a reasoned one.

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Turning Manufacturing Visibility Into A Competitive Advantage

November 7, 2012 11:46 am | by Andy Vabulas, CEO and Owner, I.B.I.S., Inc.

Capturing and sharing manufacturing information requires a strategic approach that identifies what should be tracked, with whom to share information, and how to leverage this manufacturing visibility into improved operations and business performance.

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Q&A: Talking Traceability And Data Collection

November 6, 2012 12:44 pm

A quality ERP system or data collection system can have a significant effect on a food manufacturer’s overall operational efficiency. Manufacturing Business Technology recently spoke with Reddy Beeram, Director Development, for Edgewater Fullscope about how these systems can affect traceability, inventory visibility, and other aspects of a food manufacturing enterprise.

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How Flexible Thinking Led Hiawatha Rubber To The Cloud

November 5, 2012 1:25 pm | by John Dancoe, Product Manager, Plex Systems, Inc.

By using a cloud-based system, Hiawatha Rubber Company was able to jettison its IT infrastructure and focus on its core strength – producing high-quality, specialized rubber parts and solving customers’ problems – instead of managing security patches, upgrading hardware, and testing versions of new software updates.

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Q&A: Challenges And Benefits To ERP Integration

November 2, 2012 2:24 pm | by Hyla Soft USA

Hyla Soft USA software consultant Erick Dudeck recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the topic of ERP integration, its challenges and benefits, as well as how it effects other aspects of a manufacturing enterprise.

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues To Grow

November 2, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the second straight month after three consecutive months of contraction, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The October registered 51.7 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September’s reading of 51.5 percent, indicating growth in manufacturing at a slightly faster rate.

Real Time Operational Intelligence: Enabling The Next Generation Operator

November 1, 2012 10:06 am | by Bernard Cubizolles, PhD. GE Intelligent Platforms

Real Time Operational Intelligence represents a paradigm shift to the way infrastructure and manufacturing operations work from the plant floor, through the operational center, to executive dashboards. Using new technologies in visualization, mobility, analytics, and collaboration will increase the efficiency of the operator/supervisor by bringing knowledge to action anytime, anywhere.

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