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How Flexible Thinking Led Hiawatha Rubber To The Cloud

November 5, 2012 1:25 pm | by John Dancoe, Product Manager, Plex Systems, Inc.

By using a cloud-based system, Hiawatha Rubber Company was able to jettison its IT infrastructure and focus on its core strength – producing high-quality, specialized rubber parts and solving customers’ problems – instead of managing security patches, upgrading hardware, and testing versions of new software updates.

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Q&A: Challenges And Benefits To ERP Integration

November 2, 2012 2:24 pm | by Hyla Soft USA

Hyla Soft USA software consultant Erick Dudeck recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the topic of ERP integration, its challenges and benefits, as well as how it effects other aspects of a manufacturing enterprise.

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues To Grow

November 2, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the second straight month after three consecutive months of contraction, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The October registered 51.7 percent, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from September’s reading of 51.5 percent, indicating growth in manufacturing at a slightly faster rate.

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Real Time Operational Intelligence: Enabling The Next Generation Operator

November 1, 2012 10:06 am | by Bernard Cubizolles, PhD. GE Intelligent Platforms

Real Time Operational Intelligence represents a paradigm shift to the way infrastructure and manufacturing operations work from the plant floor, through the operational center, to executive dashboards. Using new technologies in visualization, mobility, analytics, and collaboration will increase the efficiency of the operator/supervisor by bringing knowledge to action anytime, anywhere.

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Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow (Part 2)

November 1, 2012 9:56 am

The Manufacturing Excellence Share Group (MESG), part of the GMA, developed the paper in conjunction with a Booz & Co. study and panel discussion in which more than a dozen manufacturing executives spoke about hiring, training, skill requirements and development, operational styles and new ways to uncover talent. Our interview with key participants from Booz & Company and PMMI continues here.

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Get Intelligent About Emerging Markets

October 30, 2012 11:46 am | by Pete Read, Senior VP of Global Strategic Analysis & Advisory and Rahul Dhingra, Senior Consultant at GIA North America

Any entry into emerging markets is fraught with uncertainties. There are no guaranteed winners. How can companies ensure that they pursue the right business models in emerging markets?  To start with, they need to start with the right type of research and intelligence.

Developing The Workforce Of Tomorrow (Part 1)

October 30, 2012 11:38 am

In the next few years, thousands of Baby Boomers are going to retire, leaving factory jobs to Generation Y, who will be presented with dual challenges; increasing productivity and making the overall U.S. economy more competitive.  However, the transition between the new generation of workers and the baby boomer generation workers will be difficult.

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Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

October 29, 2012 1:02 pm | by Kevin Liu, Product Line Manager – Industrial Automation, Kollmorgen

The automation market is ever changing.  Innovative solutions such as smarter programmable drives are delivering new capabilities that, with thoughtful planning and creative thinking, are enabling machine designers to build differentiated machines, faster.

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Data Breach Is Inevitable — Keys To An Effective Response

October 23, 2012 3:25 pm | by Dr. Ed Goldberg, Core Faculty, Capella University School of Business & Technology

For their disastrous reputational and financial consequences, coupled with the near-100 percent likelihood of occurrence, data breaches should be seen as one of the organization’s most significant business continuity challenges. Planning can help to mitigate and avoid the legal and reputational risks that otherwise accompany such incidents.

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Legacy Automation Systems: Maintain Or Overhaul?

October 23, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

There is no shortage of reasons why manufacturers consider addressing the limitations of their legacy automation systems. From increased efficiency to faster production to widespread customization, there is obvious value in overhauling or maintaining aging equipment.

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Equipment Financing: At Year-End And Throughout The Year

October 23, 2012 11:56 am | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Many businesses give special consideration to equipment financing as the end of the year approaches in order to take advantage of special incentives lenders and captive vendors may offer. While such deals are often available, it’s important to keep financing in mind for acquiring the equipment your business needs, regardless of the time of year.

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Key Questions To Include In An E-Commerce Platform RFP (Part 3)

October 18, 2012 11:05 am | by hybris software

 A comprehensive RFP that thoroughly covers all the critical points can assist companies in reducing costs and producing better ROI, faster. If an RFP helps a management team reach a final decision in 12 weeks rather than 16 weeks, an additional month of revenue may be added to the bottom line from the e-commerce channel.

Demand Planners – Statisticians Or Business Experts?

October 16, 2012 2:35 pm | by Robert Byrne, CEO, Terra Technology

Demand planners are increasingly expected to be statisticians, not people who understand the business they’re predicting.  A recent Demand Planner job posting by a multinational consumer products company lists statistical forecasting and troubleshooting statistical models as half the role; whereas strategic planning is only 10%. 

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Key Questions To Include In An E-Commerce Platform RFP (Part 2)

October 16, 2012 1:40 pm | by hybris software

A comprehensive RFP that thoroughly covers all the critical points can assist companies in reducing costs and producing better ROI, faster. If an RFP helps a management team reach a final decision in 12 weeks rather than 16 weeks, an additional month of revenue may be added to the bottom line from the e-commerce channel.

Key Questions To Include In An E-Commerce Platform RFP (Part 1)

October 15, 2012 3:36 pm | by hybris software

A comprehensive RFP that thoroughly covers all the critical points can assist companies in reducing costs and producing better ROI, faster. If an RFP helps a management team reach a final decision in 12 weeks rather than 16 weeks, an additional month of revenue may be added to the bottom line from the e-commerce channel.

The New Paradigm: Lean, Automate, Differentiate

October 12, 2012 12:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Fresh out of college with a manufacturing engineering degree, Dallas, Texas-based Bob Duncan believed that he could revolutionize the furniture industry by eschewing old-line manufacturing processes and focusing on Lean, automation and burgeoning technology. He incorporated American Leather in 1990 with a simple-but-bold premise: He would make custom leather furniture and get it out the door in less than 30 days.

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Q&A: A Different Kind Of Data Center

October 11, 2012 11:08 am

Data centers consume a high amount of electricity usage, and it is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. As a result, operators are starting to seriously consider alternatives to meet the ever-growing demand for data. In order to lower operating costs and comply with environmental regulations, certain data centers have started to optimize infrastructure and utilize green technology.

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Workforce Trends 2012: Creating Qualified Jobseekers

October 9, 2012 2:17 pm | by Fluke

Research conducted by Fluke Corporation plus interviews with leading educators and trainers point to the importance of extensive hands-on training to meet employers’ needs for industrial, electrical, and HVAC technicians. After a considerable drop in job opportunities through the depths of the recession, the outlook for technical jobs has turned positive.

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Survey: Supply Chain Excellence Drives Revenue Growth, Not Just Operational Efficiency

October 8, 2012 1:41 pm | by e2open

Evidence that companies increasingly view their supply chain as a driver of revenue growth and competitive advantage, rather than just operational excellence, is detailed in the annual Chief Supply Chain Officer Report, published today based on research conducted by SCM World and sponsored by E2open.

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Automated Inventory Management In Real Time

October 5, 2012 1:17 pm | by ASAP Systems

PICA Manufacturing Solutions needed an automated inventory management system that integrated with Quick- Books Enterprise Solutions and enabled employees and management to easily track hundreds of parts in real time as they moved from vendors through manufacturing, production and assembly in PICA’s multiple locations.

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