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Five Ways to Choose An Asset Management Solution For Your Small Business

June 21, 2012 10:43 am | by Wasp Barcode Technologies

If you’re new to asset tracking or just not sure where to go from there, here is a list of factors to consider when you’re trying to find the perfect asset management solution for your small business.

End Of The Line

June 19, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maverick Technologies

Dealing with end-of-lifespan issues related to distributed control systems is an unwanted task for any manufacturer. How are they supposed to proceed with that task in today’s ever-changing and increasingly complex manufacturing business environment?

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Pneumatic Conveyor Provides Competitive Edge For Expansion

June 18, 2012 1:50 pm | by VAC-U-MAX

Sticky powders present manufacturers and processors with unique material conveying challenges involving volumetric auger fillers that dispense powders, granulars, and flakes for packaging.  Enter a pneumatic conveyor.

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Heineken Brewery Looks To Beamex For Calibration Management

June 15, 2012 2:41 pm

For a new Heineken plant, there was a need for a tool that would make the calibration work easier, store all calibration results, show the calibration history trends, and provide quick access to calibration data.

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Five Capabilities That Mid-Sized Manufacturers Need To Build

June 14, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mindy Fiorentino, SAP

A mid-sized manufacturer needs to do the following five things right, so it can continue to successfully compete and maintain its growth rate.

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Five Reasons To Offer Financing To Your Customers

June 14, 2012 2:28 pm | by William G. Sutton, CAE

Many equipment manufacturers and vendors have learned the benefits of equipment financing as a way to acquire equipment for themselves.

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Fork Authority

June 12, 2012 4:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

There’s more to the forklift story these days, as functionality improves and dealers and aftermarket parts providers help guide users towards better safety and maintenance practices.

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Talent Management Solution Yields Fruitful Results

June 7, 2012 4:45 pm | by JP Guay, Regional Manager, Halogen Software

Any given business faces predictable situations and a myriad of unexpected twists that derail the best laid strategic plans. Processing company Sun-Rype wanted a nimble organization where employee performance is a key business priority.

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The Present And Future State Of M2M Communications

June 7, 2012 4:32 pm

Stein Soelberg, KORE’s Director of Marketing, recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the company, the emerging field of M2M communications, and the future of M2M technology.

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Redirecting Resources To Growth And Innovation

June 7, 2012 10:50 am

HP Managed Print Services (MPS) was initiated by General Mills to streamline and support its key corporate initiatives. By simplifying print management using HP Managed Print Services, General Mills is saving more than $1 million per year—more than a 50% reduction compared to its pre-MPS cost per printed page.

Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China (Part 2)

June 5, 2012 12:59 pm | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis

The United States can create jobs, reduce dependence on foreign resources, and improve national security by encouraging the domestic exploration and production of rare earths. The first step is to improve access to potential sources.

The Benefits Of A Good Memory – And Rugged Performance

June 5, 2012 11:53 am | by Jim Moore, Freelance Writer with WordJones, Portland, OR

Which would you trust more to keep track of your company’s physical assets: a human’s memory, or a computer’s?

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ISM: Manufacturing Is 'Resilient'

June 4, 2012 5:10 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Resilient and strong are two of the best words to describe the current state of manufacturing in the United States, at least according to the May Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Finding Sources Of Rare Earths Beyond China (Part 1)

June 4, 2012 3:38 pm | by H. Sterling Burnett, Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis

Despite the name, rare earths are relatively abundant in Earth’s crust. Unfortunately, these elements are seldom found in economically exploitable concentrations, except in the People’s Republic of China.

Casting Process Could Transform How Metal Parts Are Made

June 1, 2012 1:43 pm

A Georgia Tech research team has developed a novel technology that enables cost-effective manufacturing procedures after a metal part moves to mass production.

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Orchestrating Compressed Air System Performance

May 29, 2012 2:09 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

The ability to monitor and control the components of a compressor system has given manufacturers the ability to create more efficient systems, collect data, and minimize the costs of their operation—all from the one central location, such as a control room, or even a Blackberry.

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Ditch The Paper (Part II)

May 29, 2012 2:05 pm | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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Ditch The Paper

May 25, 2012 12:49 pm | by Nick Sprau, Metafile Information Systems

In many cases, paper is the natural enemy of efficiency and a major “blind spot” for management and executives. When information and data is stored on voluminous quantities of paper, it cannot be shared, tracked, or acted upon efficiently.

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Deploying ERP To Support A Diverse Product Line, Global Customer Base

May 25, 2012 12:22 pm

ATM provider Companion Systems looked to Epicor to streamline manufacturing operations, including the product configuration and unit of measure conversion process. The company recently deployed Epicor’s next-generation ERP software solution.

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Closed-Loop Quality Management Minimizes The Cost Of Quality

May 24, 2012 12:25 pm | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

The “closed-loop” approach to quality management, utilizing virtual simulations and tolerance analyses, can link cost factors with tolerance adjustments so users have the data they need to achieve a strategic balance between quality and cost.

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