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Expert Panel: Automation & Process Control

July 20, 2012 3:24 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

How can manufacturers best monitor complex equipment? Technology experts discuss how automation and process controls can manage and monitor interconnected systems like sensors, batteries, temperature, and more.


Keeping An Eye On Cost

July 19, 2012 12:01 pm

Detailed cost visibility across the product development lifecycle drives cost efficiencies and accelerates time to market.

A Mixture For Success

July 17, 2012 2:34 pm

Network Polymers knew what they wanted in an ERP solution: a combined ERP and MES solution – with no third party add-ons or bolted together programs.


Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 12.1% Over 2011

July 16, 2012 4:44 pm

This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 14.5% from April and up 19.0% when compared with the total of $398.10 million reported for May 2011.

Bringing It Home

July 11, 2012 2:04 pm

One successful partnership has certainly helped bring video equipment manufacturing back to the United States.

Low Cost Cyber Security Practices

July 10, 2012 1:15 pm | by Jonathan Azares, University Alliance

Here are some low-cost cyber security tips and practices that anyone can use to increase their online protection.


How Is Wireless Changing Manufacturing?

July 9, 2012 1:19 pm

How is wireless networking changing the industrial environment?

The Cost Gap & Reshoring Of Chinese Manufacturing Jobs

July 9, 2012 1:06 pm

The tide has begun to turn on the flow of manufacturing jobs from the U.S. to China and other low-cost countries, according to a new study.


Dell's Valuable Lesson On Manufacturing Operations Management

July 6, 2012 1:42 pm | by Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst, LNS Research

While Dell spent the past 28 years benefitting from scaling low operating margins, it sees close competitors pursuing higher margin opportunities in enterprise computing and has decided to follow suit.


Spend One Dollar On Training, Make Three

July 6, 2012 1:14 pm

If businesses could make three dollars for every one it spent on training, wouldn’t they want to know how? Organizations in the U.S. spend millions each year on training, and most of them don’t even know what they’re getting for their money. They should, because in the current business environment, learning & development programs need to prove their value like every other program in an organization.


ISM: Manufacturing Activity Down In June

July 5, 2012 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While overall economy grew for the 37th consecutive month, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in June for the first time since July of 2009, according to the June Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.

Maintenance Solutions For Air Pollution Control Equipment

July 5, 2012 9:43 am | by Catalytic Products International

Avoiding equipment shut-down is the primary responsibility for any maintenance department. Once production machinery or the associated control device unexpectedly shuts down, the whole maintenance department moves into scramble mode.


Buying America Back

July 2, 2012 11:42 am

Alan Uke, the San Diego entrepreneur who created the federal smog index for automobiles, is declaring the week around the Fourth of July as ‘Buy American Week’ and urges all Americans to do their patriotic part to bolster the American economy by buying goods made in the United States.

Networking Solutions That Minimize Arc Flash Exposure

June 29, 2012 1:24 pm | by Randy Durick, Director, Network & Interface Division, TURCK

In applications that require frequent access to equipment or controls, knowing and understanding the safety solutions available to mitigate the risk of arc flashes is crucial to continued productivity.


Addressing Power Challenges In High-Altitude Applications

June 29, 2012 11:37 am | by David Rakovsky, COO, GlobTek

As electronic systems migrate deeper into systems that may present changing situations during the operating lifecycle, the designer must remember to address every facet or risk compromising product performance in certain situations.


Beyond The White Glove Test

June 29, 2012 10:03 am | by Mark Hoffman, PE, PMP, SSOE Group

Efficient dust collection systems and easy-to-clean production equipment require a holistic approach to their design.

Pactiv Reduces Waste And Grows Sales With MVT

June 26, 2012 12:39 pm | by QualPro

MVT, or multivariable testing, uses a specialized set of mathematical and statistical formulas to streamline hundreds of ideas for improving business into a manageable cluster that can be live-tested in various combinations within a short amount of time.


Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Lower In June

June 25, 2012 1:09 pm

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 48.5, down from the May index of 59.2, reflecting growing concern over the European debt crisis, U.S. unemployment, and regulatory and political uncertainty.


Five Ways to Choose An Asset Management Solution For Your Small Business

June 21, 2012 10:43 am | by Wasp Barcode Technologies

If you’re new to asset tracking or just not sure where to go from there, here is a list of factors to consider when you’re trying to find the perfect asset management solution for your small business.

End Of The Line

June 19, 2012 1:15 pm | by Maverick Technologies

Dealing with end-of-lifespan issues related to distributed control systems is an unwanted task for any manufacturer. How are they supposed to proceed with that task in today’s ever-changing and increasingly complex manufacturing business environment?



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