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ISM: Manufacturing Is Off To A Good Start

February 5, 2013 11:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

U.S. manufacturing is off to a good start in 2013. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued to expand in January 2013 for the second consecutive month, and the overall U.S. economy grew for the 44th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Making Use Of Advances In The Integrated Engineering Desktop

February 5, 2013 11:30 am | by Tony Christian, Director, Cambashi

The advances that have made this level of accessibility to engineering tools possible are primarily in the areas of system integration, ease of use and processing power. The exchange of geometry between CAD and simulation and analysis systems has become practically seamless, even between systems from different vendors.

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Teaching An Old Dock New Tricks

February 4, 2013 10:19 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As manufacturing companies find more and more in the way of technology improvements around material handling, the loading dock has not been ignored. This how-to gives manufacturers some tips on where to begin assessing and addressing risk.

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Computerizing Records Helps Plane Parts Production Take Off

February 4, 2013 10:08 am | by Phoenix Manufacturing

When Martha Paluch returned home to help run the family business her father had started with a partner in 1989, she experienced what might be referred to as “paper shock.” “I came back with expectations of changing times and going greener,” says Paluch, now a 25-year-old operations specialist at Phoenix Manufacturing, where her mother and brother also work.

Proper Data Security

January 31, 2013 10:50 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever

In today’s complex corporate and business network environments, controlling access to sensitive data is of utmost concern. The amount of security-related data stored across a network is immense for many organizations, and relating all this data to the user’s account information in Active Directory can be tricky and time consuming.

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How Third Party, Managed E-Commerce Solves Data Concerns, Saves Money and Grows Sales For Manufacturing

January 30, 2013 10:44 am | by Bill Stelle, VP, Business Development, Four51

Commerce is no longer just a brick and mortar industry, even in a B2B world.  In 2013, B2B e-commerce revenues are expected to exceed more than $550 Billion, more than two times the revenues of B2C. More and more manufacturers are examining ways to create the necessary connectivity to not just grow their traditional businesses, but to take advantage of a growing opportunity that can only be achieved from a networked business.

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The Global State Of Information Security

January 29, 2013 10:25 am | by PwC

Information security has always been a high-stakes game. One that demands a smart strategy, the right technology moves, and an unblinking eye on adversaries. For many businesses, however, it has become a pursuit that is almost impossible to win. That’s because the rules have changed.

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Cybersecurity Protections For Control Systems

January 29, 2013 10:18 am | by GE Measurement & Control

To keep pace with constantly evolving cyber threats, GE’s new CAP Software Update will support the efforts of critical infrastructure asset owners to more effectively manage their current digital patch levels and anti-virus/host intrusion detection signatures.

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Data Security Featured Content

January 28, 2013 11:28 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Data Security. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations. 

The Benefits And Risks Of BYOD

January 28, 2013 10:56 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever

A new trend gaining speed in many industries is the concept of “bring your own device” (BYOD). Plainly put, BYOD is when employees have the ability to bring their own technical devices—like smart phones, tablets and laptops -- and use the company’s network instead of a company-provided device. BYOD has many benefits and risks, though, that each organization’s IT department needs to consider.

Q&A: Working With Companies To Secure Data

January 28, 2013 10:45 am | by Jeff Multz, Director, North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks

The biggest threat is organizations themselves because they aren’t doing enough to protect themselves. They often think they’re secure, yet they’re not really secure. Public and private organizations need multiple layers of security. Not only do they need security around their network, they also need separate layers of security around their most valuable servers and databases.

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Major Climate Threat To Global Supply Chains

January 25, 2013 10:12 am | by Accenture & CDP

Seventy percent of companies believe that climate change has the potential to significantly affect their revenue, a risk which is intensified by a chasm between the sustainable business practices of multinational corporations and their suppliers, according to research  published by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture. 

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How Business Networks Can Create A Win-Win For Buyers & Suppliers

January 23, 2013 10:49 am | by Siddharth Taparia, Senior Director of Portfolio and Strategic Marketing, SAP

Once you got used to the convenience and instant access of the internet, going back to the old ways is unthinkable.  Such is also the transformational power of a Business Network – once you get used to it, you will find it difficult to source or procure in a traditional manner.

Speed To Market 2013

January 22, 2013 10:00 am | by Steve Helfer, General Manager, Clinkenbeard, Rockford, IL

Challenges are ever increasing with global markets. Customers are expecting quicker response times on the solutions they seek. Companies are impacted by forces from all directions, but it all comes down to execution: if you don’t execute you will not win the market or launch the product.

Rugged Tablet Evolution: What’s Next?

January 22, 2013 9:55 am | by Tom Callahan, General Manager & Chief Technology Officer, QRC Technologies

The industry as a whole has come a long way since the rack-mounted era, but industrial computing’s nuanced operational requirements have driven an evolutionary path quite different from its consumer counterparts — like the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle or new Microsoft Surface.

Purchase Mobile Computers Wisely

January 21, 2013 10:32 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group

Higher productivity, increased labor costs and a strong trends towards true mobility in the work place are all factors that have put the spotlight firmly on ‘total costs of ownership’ for computers and devices. Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time.

USMTO: U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Up From 2011

January 21, 2013 10:24 am | by USMTO

November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $421.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 11.0 percent from October and down 8.5 percent when compared with the total of $460.86 million reported for November 2011. With a year-to-date total of $5,212.17 million, 2012 was up 4.8 percent compared with 2011.

Eliminate Inventory Discrepancies

January 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Plex Systems

For several years, Spring Dynamics had been utilizing an on-premise ERP system that included accounting functions and standard reports on inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Management wanted a more robust, comprehensive system that would also include shop-floor operations, generate management reports and help maximize overall business performance.

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Ten Pitfalls To Avoid When Selecting A CMMS/EAM (Part 2)

January 18, 2013 9:51 am | by David Berger, Director, Western Management Consultants, Toronto

As companies search for ways to get the most out of their existing operating assets, Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS/EAM) software packages are key. However, when it comes to researching, selecting and implementing the right CMMS/EAM, some of the same mistakes have been made for decades and some new ones have emerged.

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Ten Pitfalls To Avoid When Selecting A CMMS/EAM (Part 1)

January 17, 2013 10:00 am | by David Berger, Director, Western Management Consultants, Toronto

As companies search for ways to get the most out of their existing operating assets, Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS/EAM) software packages are key. However, when it comes to researching, selecting and implementing the right CMMS/EAM, some of the same mistakes have been made for decades and some new ones have emerged.

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