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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.

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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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Argyle Welding Supply Works Smarter With TrackAbout

January 17, 2013 9:12 am | by Barcoding, Inc. and TrackAbout

Without a modern asset tracking software system, distributors maintain asset balances manually by noting the size and number of cylinders as they are delivered to and returned from their customers. This method consumes a substantial amount of time to maintain and is susceptible to manual error. 

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Finding The Right Manufacturer For Your RFID Hardware

January 16, 2013 10:45 am | by The RFID Network

As in any consideration when trying to produce a product, there are a number of factors that need to be considered in selecting a manufacturer. Cost, quality, reliability and deliverability are just a few. When looking at manufacturing RFID hardware, however, all of the above factors and more should come into consideration.

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Keep Track Of Your Assets

January 16, 2013 10:32 am | by Adebayo Onigbanjo, Product Marketing Manager – Location Solutions (LS), Zebra Technologies

Global manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make their operations more agile, efficient and profitable. A smart way to reach those goals is to realize the most value from every asset in its supply chain. However, traditional asset management processes require significant time and resources to search for, identify, and log asset information.

Improving Quality And Reducing Inventory

January 15, 2013 11:03 am | by Plex Systems

Wolverine Advanced Materials was overwhelmed when sales grew 10 to 13 percent over a two-year period. Its manual systems for raw material orders, inventories, shipping, and scheduling systems couldn’t keep up with the new demand, and lead times grew to 10 weeks.

Intelligent Asset Technology Is Changing Manufacturing Standards

January 15, 2013 10:14 am | by Alec Pinkham

By reorganizing all enterprise and equipment data into reusable asset equipment classes (templates), ICONICS promotes reuse and scalability while improving ease of configuration. Assets, as they are recognized by the software can represent any equipment or area in an application.

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Asset Management Featured Content

January 14, 2013 11:34 am

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Inventory Control & Asset Management. 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. 

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Mobile Solutions For Increased Accuracy And Accountability

January 14, 2013 10:59 am | by Barcoding, Inc.

In an industry filled with stringent regulations and volumes of paperwork, Family Respiratory sought a solution that would streamline its processes and ensure accountability. Barcoding, Inc. was able to deliver a mobile proof of delivery (POD) solution as part of its newly purchased billing and inventory control system. 

Taking Inventory Management And Asset Tracking To The Cloud

January 14, 2013 10:38 am | by Elie Jean Touma , President and CEO of ASAP Systems

By moving inventory management and asset tracking (IMAT) to a web-based platform, manufacturing companies realize major cost savings as well as increased operational efficiency from general time saved in deployment and overall maintenance of the system to increased real-time collaboration within the team. 

How To Ensure A Motor’s Energy Efficiency

January 11, 2013 10:04 am | by Baldor Electric Company

Since the inception of the first industrial electric motors, manufacturers have been developing technology to produce better motors which use the least amount of energy possible.  While perhaps increasing the efficiency of electric motors is not a relatively new phenomenon, the last several decades of technological advancements in motors, as well as manufacturing methods, has vastly improved the efficiency of electric motors.

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