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.
"Business intelligence" makes the right information available in the right format to the right person at the right time. Given that virtually all small and midsized businesses crave better information, the kind of information typically provided by a BI tool, the real question is how much of this technology constitutes a good investment of time and energy? This is part one of a two-part piece on the topic of business intelligence.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the sessions of its Installation, Operations, and Maintenance Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. The conference will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011, at the Arthur R.
Wally Gruenes, Manufacturing Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP U.S. manufacturing leaders are extremely pessimistic about the U.S. economy, according to Grant Thornton LLP’s most recent Business Optimism Index, a quarterly survey of U.S. manufacturing business leaders.
July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $506.97 million according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 7.3% from June and up 92.
The challenge for the plant manager is to cost-effectively employ new technology while finding ways to improve the efficiency of legacy systems already in place. by Adam VanOort, Founder and President, DataNab In today's world, food manufacturing facilities are faced with the task of improving energy efficiency to control costs.
Since the recession begun in 2007, the Midwest has lost 610,000 jobs in manufacturing—nearly a third (31 percent) of all manufacturing jobs lost during the recession nationally. A new report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce ( http://cew.
Discrete manufacturers need to make operations and supply chains that enable customer satisfaction as lean and cost-effective as possible, as well as find ways to complement the focus on complexity reduction with an improved ability to manage operational efficiency. “Reduce cost (45%), improve overall customer experience (36%), improve customer response time (27%), manage growth expectations (28%) and inter-operability issues across multiple operating locations (19%)” were the Top Business Driver in the Manufacturing Industry.
Over the past fifteen years, a Chicago-based manufacturer of custom plastic machined parts has developed a proven supply chain management system that produces maximum savings for customers. Traditionally, buyers send requests for quote to three vendors each time a requirement for low volume components presents itself.
The Great Recession was more unpleasantness than this country has seen in a long time, but we swallowed it like it was liquefied kale and learned a valuable lesson: We can emerge from something like this and be better… even if it hurts a little going down. I’m a vegetarian, which is not to say my diet is always healthy.
Adopting a formal new product development process during pre-production prototyping will allow for a more streamlined execution of the assessment of a working prototype and will provide an organization with the necessary foundation to successfully produce, market, and distribute their new product.
When Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar addressed public concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing by calling in a fellow executive to drink a new fracking fluid with ingredients commonly found in the food industry, a rare PR win for Halliburton quickly became another setback when the king had his right-hand man taste the beverage before he quenched his thirst.
One compounder and molder of thermoset composite products found a quarter of a million dollars in savings thanks to the implementation of a new manufacturing ERP solution. Mar-Bal, Inc. is a one-source solution provider of thermoset composite products. From design and formulation to compounding, molding, and finishing, Mar-Bal is a privately-held manufacturing company with 350 employees producing state-of-the-art products across four facilities in North America.
The international market is a territory rich with possibilities for those willing to take on the challenge. And the chances are, there are potentially profitable customers waiting for many small businesses. The typical entrepreneur always has his or her eyes open, scrutinizing every situation for ideas and watching for subtle shifts in the market that might spell opportunity.
The Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing, a report released earlier this year by The Manufacturing Institute, provides six principles for education reform in the industry. For the past two years, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) has been leading the Rebirth of Manufacturing Jobs initiative, designed to produce more jobs and opportunities for businesses through collaboration with federal, state, and local government agencies, North American manufacturers and educational facilities.
Ranga Bodla works in industry marketing for NetSuite, a leading integrated web-based business software suite, including business accounting software, ERP software, CRM software, and e-commerce. He recently discussed SaaS ERP with Manufacturing Business Technology in this brief interview. Ranga Bodla, NetSuite MBT: What are some of the biggest misperceptions you see when it comes to SaaS ERP?’ Bodla: Probably the biggest misperception about SaaS ERP has to do with customization.