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Rugged vs. Consumer: How To Select The Right Mobile Solution

October 5, 2012 11:36 am | by Mike Wills, VP of North America, Psion

It is tempting to repurpose consumer devices for business purposes because they are easy-to-use and often less expensive than their rugged counterparts, but many times neglecting to invest in a rugged device can be more costly. Before investing in a handheld device businesses should consider the following.


MES Implementation: It's All In The Approach

October 4, 2012 10:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It’s easy to see the benefit of undertaking the effort to implement an MES system. They effectively collect, process, and translate valuable business data related to the plant floor and the enterprise resource planning system. But the adoption process can be fraught with risk and uncertainty, depending on the approach a manufacturer takes.


ISM: Manufacturing Is Back On Track

October 4, 2012 10:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The manufacturing sector is back on track – at least for now. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September following three straight months of slight contraction, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.


Engineering Spotlight: The Wheelift In Action

October 2, 2012 11:16 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor,

More than anything, Terry’s story is a perfect example of how years of hard work toward an idea — along with a little perseverance — can lead to fantastic places. That, in essence, is the mission of product development and of engineering: the creation of a lasting technology that has the potential to change the way others do business.


Applying ID Readers in Multiple Code Applications

September 28, 2012 2:58 pm | by Eric Andersen, Product Marketing Manager, ID Products, Cognex

As product safety and traceability become a more critical factor in a wide range of industries, engineers are more and more often faced with the challenge of reading multiple codes on a single product. There are a wide variety of multiple code reading applications.

Accelerating The Pace Of Business With Synchronous Technology

September 28, 2012 11:35 am | by Siemens PLM

In 2008, Siemens PLM Software launched Solid Edge with synchronous technology to enable users to accelerate new design processes, make faster changes to existing designs and improve the re-use of imported data. Kimball moved to Solid Edge with synchronous technology to address its business and engineering challenges.


Manufacturing Day 2012 Highlights Importance Of High-Skill Jobs

September 26, 2012 1:53 pm

Manufacturing Day 2012 will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the rewarding, high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events, sponsors hope to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing.


Nothing Run-Of-The-Mill For Tool And Instrument Manufacturer

September 24, 2012 2:12 pm | by Edgecam

Edgecam’s ability to drive machines from a variety of manufacturers, across the range of cutting technologies that Thomas Keating uses, with a range of controllers including Fanuc, Heidenhain, Fagor and Agie, makes it what Dr. Wylde calls “one of our core enabling technologies,” playing a vital role in producing the components which contributed to their Queen’s Award.


3 Simple Complexities Of Data Protection

September 24, 2012 1:59 pm | by Dennis Wenk, Symantec

Data is the foundation of information; information leads to knowledge and knowledge is power. There is little disagreement that data has value. In fact, digital data seems to be the new world currency. So protecting valuable data assets is a central concern for business continuity management.


IMTS 2012 Brings Tools and Technology To Chicago

September 24, 2012 11:41 am | by IMTS

IMTS - the International Manufacturing Technology Show - is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This year’s event ran September 10-15. Ranked among the largest trade shows in the world, total registration for the six-day 2012 event was 100,200, which is a 21.6 percent increase over 2010 — the largest show-to-show increase ever for IMTS.

The Power Of Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology

September 21, 2012 3:42 pm | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc.

Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.


Moving Up In The World

September 21, 2012 3:26 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Technology has improved over time to ensure that most winches, hoists, and cranes serve their purpose safely. However, advanced equipment technology isn’t the complete solution, and this critical area of material handling still requires some user know-how when it comes to accurate selection and maintenance.


Q&A: Technology And The Skilled Worker Of Tomorrow

September 20, 2012 2:30 pm | by GE Intelligent Platforms

As automation technology has emerged and developed over the years, skilled workers have been forced to adapt and refine the necessary skills to utilize and maintain various systems. According to Bernie Anger, General Manager Control and Communication System for GE Intelligent Platforms, there is a shortage of individuals with the necessary expertise.


Organic Milk Processor Packs A Punch

September 17, 2012 1:20 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

WhiteWave Foods’ processing facility in City of Industry, Calif., is employing unique packaging systems to produce an array of organic milk, plant based beverages, coffee creamers and iced coffee to meet a broad range of consumer needs.


Five Tips To Select The Best Asset Management Solution

September 17, 2012 11:16 am | by Wasp Barcode Technologies

Asset management is similar to inventory management, but the big difference is inventory management is about the physical goods that are in the warehouse or sold, while asset management is about the equipment and machinery used to make the product or service. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right asset management solution for you.


Q&A: Exceeding Customers’ Expectations Throughout The Assembly Process

September 14, 2012 2:14 pm | by Product Design & Development

Saline Lectronics specializes in mid-volume, high-mix electronics PCB assemblies that require thorough process and documentation control, as well as challenging opportunities for the production team. With a strong emphasis on quality and customer service, Saline’s goal is to exceed customers’ expectations throughout the assembly process. 


A Trip To The Genius Bar

September 12, 2012 1:48 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos

Was it ethical for me to take a half hour of a genius’s time and get a repair that probably would have cost me upwards of a hundred dollars at a non-genius shop?  Well, I look at it this way. If they really sell five thousand dollars a year of stuff from that place for every square foot in it, they seem to think they can afford to give away free software repairs in the back.


Pricing Issues And Federal Antitrust Law

September 10, 2012 1:51 pm | by Roberta F. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Mention antitrust law to a small business (or even medium business) owner and expect to see eyes glaze over. But antitrust law is an area of law where ignorance is definitely not bliss.Antitrust laws are the “traffic laws for business”. Just like the rules of the road, antitrust law tells business what is lawful competition (“green lights”), what is unlawful competition (“red lights”), and what falls in between (“yellow lights”).


Why Cheaper Warehouse Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

September 10, 2012 1:05 pm | by Carol Thorsen, Manager, Wynright Corporation’s Inside Sales

By limiting your search to online stores that are backed by companies with specific expertise in warehouse and industrial supplies and equipment, you’ll get more than good pricing. You’ll ensure you’re only looking at products that will stand up to your environment, and that you’ll be able to get the help and advice you need to decide between them. That’s a smarter move all the way around.


Small, Medium-Sized Manufacturers Project Strong Second Half 2012

September 10, 2012 9:47 am | by Prime Advantage

Companies are showing more optimism about revenues for the second half of 2012 as compared to several past periods: 48 percent of respondents expect their revenues to increase in the second half of 2012 as compared to 40 percent in 2H 2011, and 36 percent in 2H 2010.


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