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Modular Control Buildings Bring Flexibility To Remote Processing Sites

March 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Matt Hodson, President and CEO, Principal Technology Inc.

Pressures to reduce staff levels for onsite operations coupled with the increasing sophistication and expense of automation and control equipment have led to growing trend to use modular structures to house and protect sensitive process and automation controls. 


Why The Manufacturing Supply Chain Is Putting Revenue At Risk

March 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Michael Kerman,Director of Industry Development, Revitas

Creative sales incentives are the bread and butter of manufacturing and technology companies. Typically, the more attractive the incentives, the more shipments will be driven through the channel, and the more revenue the company will collect. But while such incentives have helped many companies grow, they also pose serious risks to revenue when managed improperly.


Beware The Ill-Planned Innovative Rollout

March 12, 2013 4:11 pm | by Moe Glenner, President, PURELogistics

It happens repeatedly. A company adopts a new technology platform that ostensibly will ease the workload, streamline operational processes and result in overall gains in efficiency and budget spending. The intention is spot-on but the execution is decidedly less so.


Understanding Your Liability: Shipping Lithium Battery Powered Devices

March 12, 2013 9:24 am | by Jim Powell, President, Transportation Development Group LLC

The current plight of Boeing highlights not only the safety risks, but also the commercial risks of lithium battery-powered products and devices. These days, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and primary non-rechargeable lithium batteries are everywhere. And unfortunately, they are also considered “Dangerous Goods.”


Connecting All Aspects Of Your Supply Chain

March 12, 2013 9:10 am | by Misty Farmer Koopman, Marketing Manager, CTSI-Global

It is necessary for companies to employ the latest technology that optimizes all inbound, outbound and third-party shipping transactions with on-demand supply chain applications.  Having an end-to-end supply chain cycle is critical.  


Better Business With Content Management Software

March 11, 2013 8:38 am | by Hyland Software

As part of its ongoing effort to improve quality, limit costs, and increase efficiency, Gallatin Steel sought to alleviate a significant document storage issue and facilitate better businesses processes through the investigation and eventual implementation of enterprise content management software.


Prepare For Disaster (And Keep Downtime To A Minimum)

March 11, 2013 8:18 am | by Christopher Cooley, VP of Product Management, SunGard AS

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times. By one count, their numbers have climbed 233 percent since 1980.


Supply Chain Management Concerns And Solutions Part 2

March 8, 2013 8:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturers can take a segmented approach to supply chain implementations that is best suited to their business needs, budgets and time constraints. For many manufacturers, depending on the solution implemented, they can see results immediately; and begin to generate ROI and enterprise-wide value as quickly as three to four months.


Efficient Electrical Machines

March 7, 2013 3:26 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Motors are found in a variety of industrial applications, powering everyday tools such as fans, blowers, and pumps. Energy-efficient motors, which can be two to eight percent more efficient than standard motors, owe their premium performance capabilities to new technologies and design manufacturing improvements.


New Network Communication Technologies Enhance Motor Feedback Systems

March 5, 2013 11:44 am | by Vikram Phadke, SICK Product Specialist - Encoders

Over the past 25 years, improvements to motor feedback technology have allowed servo system manufacturers to reduce costs and provide products that are simpler, more reliable, and more accurate. New network communications technologies are now enabling the next set of breakthrough innovations in feedback device technology.


Supply Chain Management Concerns And Solutions Part 1

March 5, 2013 11:26 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturing Business Technology talks with companies about supply chain management issues manufacturers are dealing with and implementing new platform solutions to address those concerns in this 2-part Q&A round table discussion.


ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Continues Positive Push

March 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The PMI indicated expansion in manufacturing for the third consecutive month. This month’s reading reflects the highest PMI since June 2011, when the index registered 55.8 percent. The New Orders Index registered 57.8 percent, an increase of 4.5 percent over January’s reading of 53.3 percent, indicating growth in new orders for the second consecutive month.


Application Overview: Wire Drawing

March 4, 2013 3:38 pm | by Will Kastner, Strategic Accounts Manager, Yaskawa America, Inc.

The process of wire drawing has in effect changed very little over the years.  It uses a combination of a die and/or a series of dies to draw wire to a selected gauge.  Drawn wire is in many applications beyond what we normally would think like electrical wire and TV cables. 


Motors & Drives Week

March 4, 2013 10:01 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Motors & Drives. 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. 


Integration For Strategic S&OP

March 4, 2013 9:29 am | by Shaun Phillips, product manager, sales and operations planning (S&OP), Infor

While some organizations have implemented initiatives such as demand planning, which improves the visibility and accuracy of forecasts of future demand, before aligning it to production, few have been bold enough – or in fact able - to embrace a complete, strategic sales and operations planning (S&OP) approach. 


Using Permanent Magnet Technology To Create System Energy Savings

March 4, 2013 9:21 am | by Roman Wajda, Baldor's Industry Business Manager for Air and Unit Handling

At a time when energy efficiency is of utmost importance, recent developments in motor technology have changed the playing field within cooling tower HVAC systems. This new technology, a permanent magnet (PM), laminated frame direct drive motor allows for the removal of all the mechanical components such as gearboxes, drive shafts, disc couplings and existing motors.


The Best Mobile Device For Warehouse Inventory Management

March 1, 2013 8:50 am | by Elie Jean Touma, President and CEO, ASAP Systems

Mobile solutions for warehouse inventory management that use barcode technology will cut costs by automating workflows and improving workforce efficiency and data capture accuracy. When it comes to choosing barcode readers for your inventory management system, today’s technology offers many choices from hand-held scanners and mobile computers to smartphones and tablets that can be adapted with peripherals and add-ons.


Reducing Downtime And Improving Inventory Turns

February 28, 2013 2:19 pm | by Plex Systems

Like many other manufacturers that introduced some of the first Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems years ago, Marwood faced a dilemma. Its outdated DOS-based system needed another upgrade, and management had to decide whether it was worth the investment to throw more money at a system that was far less than state-of-the-art.


Mobility — On The Move And In Control (Part 2)

February 26, 2013 3:52 pm | by IDC Sweden, Sponsored by IFS

Over half of companies today have a strategy for their mobile ERP solutions. One in five companies has a strategy that it reviews regularly and includes return on investment (ROI) follow up in its work. This shows that organizations are preparing for a mobile workforce and the changes it brings. However, nearly a third of companies still have no plans at all.


Top Five Benefits Of Additive Manufacturing (You Never Considered)

February 26, 2013 3:26 pm | by Hanson, RedEye On Demand

Since the introduction of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) in the 1980s, the benefits of producing small quantities of complex parts fast is well understood among manufacturing circles. Despite this, the industry is just beginning to understand exactly how transformative the technology will be to the future of manufacturing.



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