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Making Mobile Devices Smarter

March 1, 2012 12:56 pm | by Andrew C. Ross, Director of Wireless Operations, B&B Electronics

Tablets and smartphones have limited wired connectivity of any kind, largely relying upon wireless communications for their interaction with the rest of the world. They’re wonderful devices, but they’re not natively designed to interact with serial equipment.


Harnessing the Risk Factors Of Facility Project Planning

February 28, 2012 2:24 pm | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group

A finger firmly on the pulse of two key project management factors – risk and schedule, at every management and reporting increment, engenders consistent attentiveness and responsive project team posture.


Growth And Value In A Volatile World (Part 2)

February 24, 2012 4:22 pm

To understand how businesses are preparing for growth in their priority markets, PwC surveyed 1,258 CEOs based in 60 different countries and talked to a further 38 CEOs face-to-face for its15th Annual Global CEO Survey.


Improving Compliance With A Restricted Party Screening Solution

February 24, 2012 2:24 pm | by Scott Byrnes, Vice President of Marketing, Amber Road

Given the volume of restricted party entities, coupled with the fast-paced logistics processes found in most organizations, screening a customer base manually is inefficient, and may be impossible.

Growth And Value In A Volatile World (Part 1)

February 23, 2012 1:51 pm

To understand how businesses are preparing for growth in their priority markets, PwC surveyed 1,258 CEOs based in 60 different countries and talked to a further 38 CEOs face-to-face for its15th Annual Global CEO Survey.


Reduce Waste And Improve Flexibility

February 17, 2012 4:03 pm

Packagers need equipment that help them respond to the challenges of reducing package waste, responding flexibly to packaging challenges and holding down labor costs.


Plant Design Maximizes Chocolate Production

February 16, 2012 2:54 pm

Today's manufacturers can rapidly respond to the specific desires of the customers with the help of flexible production and adequate machine capacities.



February 14, 2012 3:26 pm | by Paula Routly

One Vermont Mac maker remembers his old boss: Steve Jobs


Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 66.4% For 2011

February 13, 2012 2:31 pm

With a year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010.


Using CNC And Remote Monitoring On Various Machine Tools

February 13, 2012 2:18 pm

Siemens Sinumerik 840D is the control of choice on turning, grinding, and turn/grind models, resulting in substantial savings for its customer and EMAG.


Cutting Energy Consumption With LEDs

February 9, 2012 5:40 pm

Aiming to reduce energy consumption and improve visibility within the plant, one company recently replaced 114 of its 400W metal halide lighting fixtures with LEDs.


The Advantages To Field Sequential Color Technology

February 7, 2012 12:38 pm

FSC LCD’s are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLED’s or TFT’s because they do not display video or high resolution photos. So, what good are they?


Supply Chain Planning Is Dead — Or Is It?

February 6, 2012 2:38 pm

Companies and supply chains must have an eye to geopolitics and assess the risk/reward associated with this aspect of the world we live in. Too often we focus on how to handle the next flood or earthquake, but not the next revolution.


Automatic Improvement: Spotlight On PLCs

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

While PLCs are not new technology, their functionality has evolved to include networking, relay control, and advanced data handling capabilities.

Start-Up Innovators Look For Traction After CES

February 2, 2012 4:58 pm | by Reuters

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was a forum not just for big manufacturers of televisions and computers but also for small companies with innovative products to sell. In the so-called Eureka Park section of the show, several of these up-and-coming companies showed off their wares.


4:3 vs. 16:9 Aspect Ratio: Which Monitors Are Best?

February 2, 2012 2:02 pm | by Herb Ruterschmidt, TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc.

In order to avoid video images which are stretched, chopped, squeezed, shrunk or distorted, be sure to choose a LCD monitor with a aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) that matches your camera or other incoming video signal.


Improving Billing To Improve Operations

January 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mitch Rose, Vice President of Marketing and Billing Strategy, Billtrusts

No matter what business you’re in, billing is a key part of your operation. An efficient billing strategy can increase your customers’ satisfaction, improve your company’s cash flow, and significantly lower operating expenses throughout your organization.


Outsourcing Education For The Well-Trained Employee

January 31, 2012 1:37 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

As technologies and processes continue to improve and become more efficient, U.S. manufacturers are relying on an educated workforce.

Reshoring Initiative Encourages Insourcing

January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

Supported by 27 companies and trade associations, the Reshoring Initiative pursues its mission of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States by helping U.S. manufacturers recognize the profit potential of utilizing local sourcing and production as well as the critical role they can play in strengthening the economy.


U.S. Jobs Lost As Technological Lead Shrinks

January 27, 2012 2:00 pm

The United States lost 28 percent of its high-technology manufacturing jobs over the last decade, as the nation’s rapidly shrinking lead in science and technology in the global marketplace was accompanied by a toll on U.S. high-tech jobs.


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