Immersed in today’s dynamic business technology environment and excited about what’s to come, here's an early list of main focus areas you can expect experts to be discussing over the next few months.
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Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, food manufacturers’ need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems.
Data is captured in almost every manufacturing process in spite of the fact that automotive assembly continues to involve a lot of manual work. As automation costs continue to decline and quality continues to improve, it comes down to teamwork to design the right combination of manual operations, automation and information infrastructure.
In the manufacturing industry, theft of intellectual property means a business can lose its "secret ingredient" that sets a product apart from the competition, and dilutes the brand. Often firms don’t know there has been a breach until a knock off product or service surfaces that is surprisingly similar to the company’s prized product.
American businesses and the government know that China wants to become the number one economy in the world and we simply ignore the fact that the Chinese have shown they will do whatever it takes (legal or illegal) to achieve their goals.
Developers and techies alike will pay close attention to how this case resolves. If a judge deems Google Glass too much of a distraction, an array of developers will have to rethink apps they are building for the road.
After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. Factors that once drove companies overseas — including labor and energy costs — are no longer considered insurmountable obstacles. Yet one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.
What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.
Make no mistake: big things come in small packages. That’s no secret to cyber thieves. They often take the path of least resistance and see small and medium-sized businesses as easy prey since they don’t often have sufficient layers of protection around their systems.
Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.
Regardless of the industry they serve, most organizations and companies have a highly vested interest in efficiently managing the energy they consume. Effective energy management is essential to helping an organization reduce emissions and conserve resources. It also plays an important role in lowering energy bills and driving greater operational efficiencies throughout the organization.
Could 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line?
What if you walked into your facility one morning and your most important asset had disappeared? What if there were some easy things you could have done the days, weeks and months leading to this disappearance to prevent it from occurring? While the skilled workforce isn’t likely going to experience a sudden Armageddon, there are a number of factors pointing to a worsening skills crisis in coming years.
Those businesses or groups or teams that produce the most innovative or daring products and solutions are bold and daring of spirit. That spirit comes from the leaders and mentors that influence or drive the group’s behavior.
It seems contrary to modern business practice not to have a sophisticated dashboard of business metrics to communicate and visualize the health of our organization. We especially like to observe that our process improvement programs and methods are paying off.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) new guidelines encourage organizations to focus on security rather than compliance.
Making the best use of resources is good, but figuring out how isn’t necessarily a Lean Event. Five-S is a good practice, but declaring an emergency just to clean up appearances for a visitor completely misses the intent. Quotas of activity do not necessarily beget improved performance.
Although no prosperity is guaranteed for the years ahead, the market seems to indicate that we’re on the verge of a strong boom period when it comes to job creation for the manufacturing industry.
Ten years ago, times were very good to manufacturers when it came to the variety of ERP options open to them. Much has changed, however, in the last ten years and these very systems which worked so well in the past are creating problems in the present. Today, ERP providers must adapt to a significantly changed business environment than that which they served a decade ago.
Bluetooth Smart technology is becoming the de facto standard for a new generation of devices looking to connect to the Internet of Things. ABI Research expects nearly a billion Bluetooth Smart devices to ship by 2016. Because of this proliferation, Bluetooth Smart opens many doors for developers.
Our generation is witnessing an exciting transformation among small U.S. manufacturers. For the first time, many of these companies are able to realize productivity gains through cloud-based, mobile-enabled software solutions that large manufacturers have for years used to manage their operations with greater precision.