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Iron Baby Comes Alive

April 23, 2012 11:38 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

Move over Tony Stark. This half pint has gone from a 2D viral video sensation to become a 3D marketing phenomenon.

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The War On Counterfeiting

April 20, 2012 3:23 pm | by Greg Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Authentication Solutions, JDSU

Technology has enabled the counterfeiter to become more successful, but technology can also empower brand owners, manufacturers, and consumers alike to protect themselves.

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Asset Failure: Why Risk it?

April 19, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It’s no real secret that companies that fail to store data necessary to support asset integrity management in a secure and accessible enterprise system are exposing themselves to greater enterprise risk. But what seems unclear to some manufacturing executives is how significant an issue this is, and what exactly should be done about it.

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Let There Be (LED) Light

April 17, 2012 1:33 pm

Although lighting only contributes a smaller portion to the overall energy consumption of Paulaner Brewery, it strives for reducing CO2 emission in that area and increasingly relies on the use of energy efficient LED lighting fixtures.

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Using Analytics To Gain A Competitive Edge

April 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by Lee Dittmar, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Data analytics, especially predictive analytics, offers a different opportunity to understand how and why certain factors are impacting the bottom line.

Social Media Monitoring Tools For Effective Crisis Management

April 16, 2012 4:01 pm | by Jane Jordan-Meier, Author of The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management

Social media can be used to improve intelligence gathering and situational awareness. If ignored, it can have a devastating impact on your reputation.

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What's New In Lifting Technology

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm

The ability to safely move large, heavy loads is an integral part of industrial manufacturing. When these loads cannot be moved manually, hoists and lifts can be utilized to transfer materials to a new location.

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Energy Management: More Financial Issue Than Tech Issue

April 12, 2012 1:53 pm

Many manufacturers find themselves investigating the ways in which they can address energy issues and learning about technology designed to help them achieve their energy goals. What are the relevant questions that they should be asking? Where are they falling short in their energy management strategies?

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Evolution Of Emergency Notification — Part 2: Integration, Social Media & Mobile

April 10, 2012 10:36 am | by Pamela LaPine, President & CEO of HipLink Software

Social media and advanced mobile applications are among the tools companies are using for emergency notification purposes.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue To Rise In 2012

April 10, 2012 10:26 am

 February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $444.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Evolution Of Emergency Notification — Part 1: Enterprise SMS, VoIP & Onsite Systems

April 9, 2012 3:21 pm | by Pamela LaPine, President & CEO of HipLink Software

Here is a look at some of the major trends in deployment options and the expanding uses of notification software.

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Designing An Autonomous Flying Robot

April 9, 2012 3:15 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development

For the past 22 years, the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) has been held each year by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AVUSI). Teams are tasked to design and build aerial robots to complete specific missions. This year’s mission: Design and build a flying robot that is entirely autonomous.

Innovation At Work

April 6, 2012 1:33 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

After seeing a 40 percent year-over-year reduction in sales during the 2008 recession, Mity-Lite streamlined operations to successfully deliver new products while its industry shrank.

ISM Report: Manufacturing On The Rise Again

April 5, 2012 11:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 32nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 34th straight month.

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Supporting Supply Chain Initiatives With A SaaS Solution

April 3, 2012 4:47 pm | by E2open

Managing communications with a global supply chain of thousands of suppliers, logistics companies, and customers around the world is no small feat. As a result, one company turned to a SaaS solution.

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Avoiding Risk By Automating Supply Chain Finance

April 2, 2012 2:19 pm

The supply chain hasn’t always been a traditional area of responsibility for a company’s treasury department. However, more and more chief financial officers and treasury departments are finding that they can leverage technology to automate supply chain finance, avoid risk, and improve liquidity.

The Flavor Of Efficiency

March 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by Deacom

After one food supplier's analysis, it was clear that they needed to start exploring other ERP solutions to eliminate escalating customization costs and to provide them with the functional efficiencies that were lacking in their existing system.

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Conveyor System Upgrade Improves Material Transfers, Reduces Spillage

March 29, 2012 3:42 pm

The Michigan City Generating Station (MCGS) decided to take a proactive approach to upgrading their systems for reduced fugitive dust and spillage. To develop a roadmap for upgrades, they conducted a plant-wide combustible dust assessment and then prioritized the changes they wanted to make, seeking out the best available technologies to eliminate the most pressing problems first.

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What You Wish You Knew During A Crisis

March 27, 2012 1:50 pm | by Kit Merker, Microsoft

It's hard to have the right information to make fast and accurate decisions in the heat of a crisis. But if you build the right systems, you may be able to get better early warnings and responses in place to turn down the heat on your next disaster.

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Cost Modeling Feature Grants Flexibility

March 27, 2012 1:40 pm

Controlling the estimating process became time consuming for United Gear & Assembly, and the company was confronted with the reality that the process in general had become extremely cumbersome and inefficient. As a result, it turned to cost modeling.

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