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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Neutral In August

August 23, 2012 11:08 am | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $628 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 50.2, down from the July index of 51.5, reflecting ongoing industry concerns over economic, regulatory and political uncertainty.

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Simplifying Shipping With A Cloud Application

August 21, 2012 1:54 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Vornado Air, a leading manufacturer of air flow technology products, is a company that sought to grow its business in recent years. As part of that company-wide effort, the Vornado Air found it could improve efficiency, save time, and cut costs by revamping its entire shipping process. That revamp was aided by the company’s investment and deployment of Pacejet’s multi-carrier shipping and logistics technology.

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Streamlining The Innovation Lifecycle

August 21, 2012 1:36 pm | by Ken Rapp, Managing Director, Analytical, Development, Quality and Manufacturing, Accelrys

Businesses that seek to improve manufacturing and operational excellence by optimizing their investments in scientific innovation must find ways to manage it more efficiently and consistently. True productivity and quality gains will only be realized when data and processes can move bi-directionally across both upstream and downstream activities. 

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The Right Track

August 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Grainger conducted extensive research that found 40 percent of inventory on shelves is only turned one to five times per year. In addition, 50 percent or more of an organization’s inventory is “inactive” and is not used in a year’s time – yet the organization must still stock and manage these items. The bottom line is that there is a big opportunity in nearly all facilities to better manage inventory.

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Vibration Analysis: Identify, Predict, Prevent

August 20, 2012 11:30 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Industrial vibration analysis is a measurement tool used to identify, predict, and prevent failure in rotating machinery. In the world of industrial maintenance technology, many predictive maintenance methods are available, each best suited to a specific application. Yet many industry professionals stand by the information gained via vibration analysis as the best indication of machinery health.

Lights Out: Are You Ready For Lighting Legislation?

August 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Grainger provides a “Test-Your-Readiness” questionnaire, which features seven simple questions that aim to help businesses understand where they may stand on meeting the requirements of the lighting legislation. Answering “no” to any of these questions presents an opportunity for a facility to better understand the upcoming legislation. 

Survey: Electronics, High-Tech Manufacturers Should Be Optimistic

August 16, 2012 1:14 pm | by Greg Andrews, Senior Executive, Accenture

Let’s examine the state of the electronics and high-tech companies surveyed in greater detail.

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Remote Infrastructure Management For Business Continuity

August 13, 2012 2:22 pm | by John Bedrick, CMO & VP of Product Management, Opengear

Remote infrastructure management can not only aid in maintaining business continuity, but also in helping to more effectively manage resources and expenses.

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Microbrewery Finds Process Efficiency With Solar Heating

August 13, 2012 11:26 am | by Coryn Wolk, Editorial Researcher, Eneref Institute

RJ Rockers, known for producing hand-crafted, high-quality brews since 1997, is moving up in the microbrewery world.

To Maintain Or Not To Maintain Your ERP System

August 10, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Assessing the overall effectiveness and future potential of an existing ERP system is a task easier said than done.

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Using Supplier Score Cards To Improve Profitability

August 9, 2012 3:37 pm | by Shawn Dennison, CPA, CMA, Vice President of Finance, Cerro Wire

Using supplier score cards and comparison tools can inject more reason into a purchasing decision, ultimately leading to greater profitability.

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ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Hits Rough Patch

August 2, 2012 1:15 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While the overall economy experienced its 38th straight month of growth, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.

Building And Maintaining Relationships With CRM

July 31, 2012 3:49 pm | by Avidian Technologies

A key challenge Elobau Sensor Technology faced in developing and maintaining strong customer relationships was the company had no formal method to track customer follow-up. They addressed this issue by investing in CRM software.

Q&A: Risky Business

July 30, 2012 11:50 am | by ParenteBeard

Given the considerable number of high-profile and damaging security incidents that have taken place over recent years, it is amazing that industry leaders admit that they don’t have the proper systems in place to help ensure that their IT systems are secure from the increasing threat of hackers and data breaches.

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R&D For All: The Role Of Small Part Innovation In Bringing Better Products To Market

July 30, 2012 11:35 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Manager for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Bearings & Tolerance Rings Group

Research & Development (R&D) is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces.

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ScienceLogic Streamlines IT Infrastructure Management At Ellison Technologies

July 26, 2012 4:15 pm | by Antonio Piraino, CTO at ScienceLogic

ScienceLogic, a company that specializes in streamlining and monitoring IT systems, helped Ellison Technologies revolutionize their IT systems, cut costs, and lift stress from their IT departments shoulders.

Five Reasons to Convert Data to Actionable Insight For R&D

July 26, 2012 3:29 pm | by Laurent Simoneau, President and CTO Of Coveo

Tapping into the collective knowledge of the organizations and customers opens new worlds of possibilities at a time when new levels of innovation are required to not only remain competitive but to gain market leadership.

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A Better Framework For Evaluating S&OP Processes

July 26, 2012 2:55 pm | by Richard Howells, Senior Director of Solution Marketing, SAP

Organizations have tried to implement a sales and operational planning (S&OP) process within their environment, but only a few organizations can claim to be satisfied with their results. How can companies evaluate the right S&OP-enabling technology?

The Advantages Of Enterprise Historians Over Relational Databases (Part 2)

July 24, 2012 3:34 pm | by GE

Enterprise historians not only offer built-in data collection capabilities, faster speeds and higher data compression compared to RDBs, they can deliver architectural advantages that play a vital role in enabling accurate real-time information for better and faster decisions and a sustainable competitive advantage.

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The Advantages Of Enterprise Historians Over Relational Databases (Part 1)

July 23, 2012 2:31 pm | by GE

To allow industrial businesses to leverage raw data from devices such as sensors, intelligent electronic devices (IEDs), meters, and other real-time systems, enterprise historians enable key advantages over RDBs.

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