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Connecting The Back Office To The Plant Floor

April 23, 2013 10:07 am | by Karie Daudt, Director of Marketing, TURCK

Though industrial Ethernet has been evolving for many years, it is quickly becoming the foundation for many manufacturing applications. Industrial Ethernet provides the connectivity and communication that today’s applications demand for productivity and efficiency improvement.


Ethernet Week

April 22, 2013 10:33 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Ethernet. 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 Five Best Ways To Extend Ethernet

April 22, 2013 10:24 am | by Mike Fahrion, Director of Product Management, B&B Electronics

When TCP/IP networking moves out of the home and office environment and into the real world, the 100-meter range limitation of copper Ethernet cable becomes a problem.  The remote sensors along an oil pipeline, for example, are going to require a bit more range than that.  Fortunately, there are ways to provide it.


Is The United States Ready To Take Manufacturing Back?

April 19, 2013 10:24 am | by Patrick Van den Bossche, Pramod Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, Chui Lee — A.T. Kearney

A number of macroeconomic factors seem to have tipped the balance in favor of domestic manufacturing. The return of a few companies’ manufacturing is encouraging. But the big question is: To what extent is the United States capable of taking back manufacturing on a significant scale? The challenges are great.


Manufacturing American Efficiency

April 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

The majority of today’s LED solutions are not produced in America. And for the first five years of doing business, that was true for NEUTEX Advanced Energy Group as well. Headquartered in Houston, NEUTEX has become one of a list of companies that have recently moved operations to the U.S. from overseas. Today, the company is developing its Houston presence as it positions itself as a leading manufacturer of LED lighting.


At The Core: Mobility Drives Supply Chain Growth

April 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Mark Bollinger, Vice President, Marketing, Smith & Associates

This year's focus is noticeably rooted in the significant improvements to chip architectures that are developing as mobile users increasingly demand richer functionality with greater processing power and anywhere, anytime connectivity with longer battery life. The answer to these demands is coming in increasingly complex and compact architectures.


Learning Management Systems For Success

April 16, 2013 10:36 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

As the economic crisis stabilizes and renewed optimism builds, manufacturing industry professionals take stock in what will help them survive in the new economy. With an interest in making employees efficient, reducing training costs and maintaining a company culture, some manufacturers are turning to learning management systems to achieve their goals.


Practical Advice For Virtualizing Your Manufacturing Applications

April 16, 2013 10:22 am | by Frank Hill, Director of Manufacturing Business Development, Stratus Technologies

As manufacturers continue to increase plant automation, virtualization is gaining traction as a way to control costs, increase efficiencies, and drive better long-term planning. With manufacturers implementing more and more software applications across their operations, virtualization is typically a smart move—provided you make the right technology choices up front.


PLM As Strategic Corporate Asset

April 15, 2013 10:44 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Managing Director, Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services

An analysis by Accenture has found that large high-tech companies can spend one billion dollars or more per year on Product Lifecycle Management processes. By improving these crucial processes to deliver products to market on time that meet customers’ requirements, these firms can substantially increase revenues and reduce costs.


Performance Plans Create Results, Maximize Performance

April 15, 2013 10:30 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author & Publisher, Majorium Business Press

A performance plan differs from a conventional plan in that it is a proactive document. It is designed for continuous use throughout the year as a guide and reference tool to direct the leader and his or her unit's activities. The primary purpose of a performance plan is to create results and maximize performance.


Minimizing BYOD Risks

April 12, 2013 10:13 am | by Dale Gonzalez, Product Strategist, Dell SecureWorks

Businesses that allow their employees to use mobile devices need to be aware of their vulnerabilities and how they could infect the company network. If a company issues and follows good security policies for its desktops and laptops, both of those are likely to be more secure than any tablet or mobile phone because there are limited actions that can be taken to secure them. 


How Wearable Technology Is Transforming Facilities

April 10, 2013 10:44 am | by Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions - North America, Motorola Solutions

Mobile devices are necessary tools to increase the efficiency and productivity of workers across many industries and markets, including the warehouse. But wearable, voice-directed and multimodal mobile technologies are helping to transform the warehouse environment at an even faster pace than standard mobile tools in other markets.


Mobile Madness Takes Over, Extends Well Beyond March For Manufacturers

April 10, 2013 10:25 am | by Joe Langner, Executive VP – Midmarket Solutions, Sage North America

Unlike checking your NCAA bracket pool during business hours – business owners don’t have a problem with work going outside of the office, as nine out of ten manufacturers and distributors see positive results from employees’ use of mobile devices for work.


Cloud-Hosted, Mobile Solution To Manage Field Workforce

April 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Ramona Fierro, HR Director, Valley Power Systems, Inc.

Valley Power Systems had been tracking the time and project work of its field service technicians on paper. Providing proof of their actual time and meal breaks when technicians worked remotely was nearly impossible. Customer chargebacks were costly without irrefutable timekeeping and location data. 


Mobile Devices In Manufacturing Week

April 8, 2013 11:24 am

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Mobile Devices In Manufacturing. 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. 


Here, There, Everywhere: Rugged Computers Enable True Workforce Mobility

April 8, 2013 11:06 am | by Dale Kyle, CEO of Handheld US

We’re in the midst of a radical shift in the way people live, work and communicate. New and continually improving technological advancements are opening the doors to a truly mobile workforce. Gone are the clunky mobile devices, wired telephones and dial-up Internet connections of the 20th century, and the amount of computing power we can fit into a few inches of space these days is nothing short of mind-boggling.


Unlocking Potential For Greater Productivity And Accuracy

April 8, 2013 10:45 am | by Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Center Operations, Intermec

Facing rising operational costs and growing awareness of consumer food safety, growers and companies are under increased pressure to improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction and safety. To meet these needs while containing costs, food traceability solutions are particularly imperative for achieving rapid responses to potential product recalls.


Q&A: On Equity (And Unions) At Nissan’s Miss. Plant

April 5, 2013 10:26 am

Back in the early aughts, global automaker Nissan invested some $2 billion in 4.2 million square-foot vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. Since May 27, 2003, the company has been producing as many as 10 different models there, and currently employs 4,350. However, the relationship between Nissan management and plant floor employees haven’t always been smooth.


Is Re-Industrialization The Key?

April 5, 2013 10:19 am | by Dr. Tom McNamara, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Rennes School of Business

Most economists agree that the “Great Recession” of 2008 ended sometime around August 2009, and while the economy has been slowly recovering, unemployment still appears to be a stubborn problem. The headline rate is just a shade under 8 percent, but another measure, U6, stands at an incredible 14.4 percent.


Solar Powered Everything

April 3, 2013 9:45 am | by Chris Rendall, Mechanical Engineer, PCDworks

I’ve heard for years that “soon we’ll have solar panels on everything.” To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to the hype because these magical solar panels that can fit on and inside everything never seemed to materialize commercially. But researchers seem to have made a real breakthrough in solar technology: thin, sticky, flexible solar panels that can stick to just about any surface or object imaginable.



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