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A Research Note On Salesforce.com's New Site.com

March 26, 2012 1:47 pm | by Nucleus Research, Inc.

Salesforce.com Unveils the Next Generation of the Social Enterprise, Dramatically Expands With Salesforce Rypple and Salesforce Site.com.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Up In March

March 23, 2012 1:48 pm

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 61.7, up from the February index of 59.6, indicating industry participants are optimistic despite concerns that external factors, including gas prices and the upcoming elections, may have on the market.

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Metal Detection & X-Ray Improve Product Safety

March 22, 2012 11:45 am | by Bob Ries, Lead Product Manager, Metal Detection and X-ray Inspection, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Ever since metal detection for consumer product safety was introduced almost 65 years ago, the two big questions have been how small a foreign object can you find and how often there will be false rejects. Success in the product inspection industry depends, in large part, on how you balance these two competing requirements.

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Investing In A Single PLM System Pays Off

March 20, 2012 1:44 pm | by PTC

Triumph Motorcycles decided to deploy one single, comprehensive PLM system to support the entire design from early-stage product development to manufacturing.

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Where Gardentrucking and ‘Geek Culture’ Meet

March 19, 2012 2:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Really, there’s no better time to be a geek than today. In a sense, I see the perception of Joe, and his gardentrucking hobby, as the progress of geeks everywhere. The more acceptance he gets, the more we, as a culture, are accepting of technically-curious people.

Programmable Logic Controller Evolution

March 19, 2012 1:52 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associated Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation

Like any technology, PLCs continue to grow into improved, more efficient tools for the manufacturing sector. Recent advancements include new I/O modules and enhanced power supplies to better serve specific industries.

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MODEX 2012 Kicks Off Inaugural Year

March 14, 2012 3:15 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

MODEX 2012 represents the first iteration in a format change instituted by the conference and expo’s sponsor, The Material Handling Institute of America (MHIA), making it the industry’s newest expo for the manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries.

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Integrating Security, Compliance, Change

March 13, 2012 4:18 pm

As companies pursue service and performance improvements, such as gaining greater visibility into control networks to prevent outages, they find commonalities across security, compliance and change management functions. Many of these overlapping tasks and data requirements can be reduced to a single set of actions that need to be done only once.

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January Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 8.4%

March 13, 2012 1:50 pm

January U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $401.69 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 26.5% from December but up 8.4% when compared with the total of $370.46 million reported for January 2011.

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Report And Budget With Excel-Based Product Suite

March 13, 2012 1:00 pm | by Chris Meyer, Managing Director, Americas for Excel4apps

In need of a faster, simpler way of reporting financial data, one company turned to an Excel-based general ledger (GL) reporting tool.

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The Importance Of Capturing Knowledge

March 12, 2012 3:05 pm | by Integration Objects

Knowing how to collect and manage the necessary information is where meta-knowledge becomes useful, because ultimately, data and information is valueless unless it is acted upon.

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High-Tech Heat Solutions

March 9, 2012 3:22 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Thermal imaging cameras offer a quick and accurate way to identify hot spots throughout a facility, allowing manufacturers to make faster, better-informed decisions to address critical problems.

Slamming The Door On Energy Loss

March 8, 2012 1:15 pm | by Walt Switelik, Rite-Hite

There are a number of ways to simultaneously make loading docks and surrounding facilities more energy efficient and more comfortable for employees – and save tens and thousands of dollars a year in energy costs and lost productivity in the process.

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Saving Time (And Money)

March 6, 2012 1:06 pm

In an effort to decrease maintenance costs from its legacy payroll system and have more individuals taking advantage of enterprise software, one plastics manufacturer recently selected to implement the payroll and time and attendance modules as its next improvement project.

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Using Statistical Process Control To Improve Quality

March 5, 2012 1:10 pm

As part of its quality policy, Baldor instituted the methodology of Statistical Process Control (SPC) into the corporate culture with quality personnel, engineers and managers all using data to improve processes.

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The Rise Of Cloud Computing Extends To PLM

March 2, 2012 1:34 pm | by Eric Marks, President and CEO, AgilePath Corporation

The changing of corporate culture towards cloud computing and the creation of cross-functional workflows that can support PLM will hasten how products are brought to market in a faster, more cost-effective way.

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Breathe Right

March 2, 2012 1:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ), says OSHA. While this may be the case, many manufacturers require a strong business case when it comes to investing in the best available technology to truly apply IAQ best practices.

Putting Processes To The Test

March 2, 2012 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Unifi turned to management consulting firm QualPro and its MVT process about three years ago to help address its efficiency issues and allow Unifi to accelerate the rate of which the company has been able to bring new products and new processes to the marketplace.

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Making Mobile Devices Smarter

March 1, 2012 12:56 pm | by Andrew C. Ross, Director of Wireless Operations, B&B Electronics

Tablets and smartphones have limited wired connectivity of any kind, largely relying upon wireless communications for their interaction with the rest of the world. They’re wonderful devices, but they’re not natively designed to interact with serial equipment.

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Harnessing the Risk Factors Of Facility Project Planning

February 28, 2012 2:24 pm | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group

A finger firmly on the pulse of two key project management factors – risk and schedule, at every management and reporting increment, engenders consistent attentiveness and responsive project team posture.

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