Price increases are often a necessary evil, but they need to be considered carefully. But any company needs to take a step back when they're considering a price hike, which is exactly what Netflix failed to do. A lot of people have shared their word about Netflix lately, but I'd like to take my turn at the lectern and offer an opinion as to how badly the company has recently shot itself in the foot.
Any manufacturer of complex machines or vehicles that include HMIs must face a crucial decision: building their own human-machine interfaces or buying these vital components ready-made or customized from an outside source. The build versus buy decision is both important and complex, involving many tough questions.
As we transition from summer into fall, with winter right around the corner, how do your networks stay up and running even in extreme temperatures? Andrew Bronson, Director of Connectivity Solutions for Sixnet , a provider of Ethernet switches and automation devices , discusses the technology behind industrial-grade Ethernet switches and how they stay up and running in harsh climate situations in this interview with Manufacturing Business Technology .
Due to equipment issues and an effort to trim output costs in support of sustainability initiatives, one company turned to a global managed print services provider for help. Cummins has 40,000 employees and global operations throughout 200 countries and territories. With such a vast distribution of locations comes the challenge of selecting, deploying, managing and maintaining technology – even output devices.
The benefits of a systematic product cost management (PCM) program are significant, yet many manufacturers struggle to implement these initiatives effectively. This article discusses some key principles to guide and execute an effective PCM program for maximum impact. Many people and departments within an organization impact product cost: An engineering team decides on a specific design, but there are multiple alternatives that meet the same form, fit, and functional requirements.
A leading contract food manufacturer turned to a comprehensive ERP system to help streamline inventory control and better facilitate data access. A leading contract food manufacturer has been in business for over forty years, producing four different original food brands as well as private labels for some of the nation’s largest chain food stores.
How many “bowls of Cheerios” do you have, stacked on the shelves, waiting to be consumed? Feel free to replace the word Cheerios with something that hits a little closer to home—adhesives, cleaning supplies, PPE, or any of the other consumables that take a big dent out of your budget .
Using Twitter as a communication tool to help generate traffic at tradeshows can work to garner interest for your company and brand. In the weeks leading up to a tradeshow I recently attended with a client, I began Tweeting on their behalf. Using the show’s hash tag (#), I drummed up some pre-show interest and caught the eye of several attending industry trade magazine editors.
Even though I've talked with hundreds of manufacturing professionals, and am very familiar with their success, the term "worker" has a negative connotation to me. It's almost impossible to break, despite all the evidence to the contrary. The semantics of work are indoctrinated into each new generation.
As regulations and requirements continue to become more and more stringent, OEMs and design engineers will need to innovate and create solutions that address the evolving needs of the data server industry. In order to do so, they will want to consider the power supply, battery pack, and charger as interrelated subsystems working together.
How would a manufacturer maintain or improve operational efficiency and grow during the upturns with new production facilities? The main answer lies in productivity improvements driven by open technologies. Paul Didier, Industry Solutions Architect for Manufacturing, Cisco Systems Manufacturing is a global business.
The high-tech industry will face higher competition, higher customer expectations and increasingly shorter product lifecycles going forward. These challenges will need to be met head-on with aggressive mitigation strategies . This is part two in a two-part editorial on enhancing margins in high-tech manufacturing.
Why do implementations fail? Below is a countdown of the most common ERP implementation errors and how to avoid them. This is a post from ProfitKey International's "Navigating ERP" blog. More posts can be found at http://blog.profitkey.com/ . When listening to fears and concerns about ERP solutions, implementation is usually on the top of most lists.
Margin impacting issues are critical to high tech industries as they face declining margins, but there are a number of specific practices to help manage cost and revenues. This is part one of a two-part piece on enhancing margins in high-tech manufacturing. Part two can be found here .
During June’s Paris Air Show, Airbus and Boeing both secured hundreds of requests for new planes. This included orders everything from small, single-aisle short range planes to massive, double-decker long haul jets. But this spike in demand also brings to light a critical issue for both companies – their supply chains are already showing signs of stress, prompting concern over whether they will be able to meet surging demand.
One survey found that small and midsized manufacturers are counting on continued economic growth for U.S. manufacturing for the rest of 2011. Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for midsized manufacturers, announced the results of its eighth Prime Advantage Group Outlook (GO) Survey , revealing the top economic concerns of small and midsized North American manufacturers for the second half of 2011.
My generation is one obsessed with being cool and it strikes me that a career in manufacturing doesn’t seem cool. This is one of the major barriers we’ll need to overcome to pique the interest of our youth. A recent report on the Deloitte Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing found that only 17 percent of surveyed individuals would consider starting a career in manufacturing.
One company's engineering department managed to streamline workflow by 15% with apps developed in a cross-platform desktop, console, and web development tool. Background In 2006, Omar Abbasi, Director of Engineering for Ayenbee Group in Pakistan, was challenged with the enormous task of designing an entire motorcycle manufacturing plant.
Let’s take a closer look at what really matters to small and midsized businesses as far as investing in a BI solution. by Eric, Kaas, Director of Product Management, Sage ERP This is part two of a two-part piece on the topic of business intelligence. Part one can be found here .
One spirits distiller vowed to keep its traditions alive while moving ahead with a much-needed control system upgrade. by Keirsten Henderson, Industry Automation, Siemens Industry, Inc. Since the late 1880s, the smooth and mellow taste of Four Roses Bourbon has been a favorite among whiskey lovers.