GS1 Connect 2015 Registration Now Open

December 18, 2014 9:39 am | by GS1 US | Events

GS1 Connect 2015, the annual conference and exhibit hosted by GS1 US, will inspire attendees to examine business processes with the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Transform.” 

Manufacturing’s trifecta: Optimism, growth and investment

December 15, 2014 4:57 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Manufacturers are hungry for growth. Following a debilitating recession and sluggish recovery period, many manufacturing leaders are ready to play for higher stakes, take bigger risks, go all the way in for the big payoff. Growth has to be just around the corner, they predict. Is it idealistic, wishful thinking? Or, is fact-based analysis fueling a new optimism? In this brief, we examine the optimism, see how it is impacting growth strategies, and offer advice on ways that modern IT solutions can help support this forward-facing mindset. Learn how modern ERP technology plays a vital role in manufacturing’s positive growth.

Reshoring: How modern ERP solutions help manufacturers optimize plant location strategies

December 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by Infor | White Papers

As manufacturers struggle to find the appropriate balance between low cost suppliers and escalating customer expectations, outsourcing strategies are being reexamined. Public sentiment plus changing economic factors are causing many manufacturers to relocate plants closer to home—and the consumer. This complex task of establishing new locations causes numerous logistics and supply chain challenges for manufacturers. In this brief, we explore the driving factors in smart plant location and discuss how modern ERP solutions, particularly cloud deployment, play a role in agile response to changing global conditions.


The New IT infrastructure: Cloud deployment supports less-restrictive growth

December 15, 2014 1:31 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Manufacturers today face an incredibly volatile environment that requires a highly agile and flexible IT infrastructure. As a result, many organizations are turning to cloud computing to streamline and simplify IT while reducing overall costs. Cloud deployment offers ways to introduce new applications, remap business processes, and transition from legacy systems to advanced IT infrastructures.  But, manufacturers must also approach the cloud transition with a clear strategy. Download this insightful report  to learn more about the new IT infrastructure and what you can do to make sure your systems are ready for the new generation of manufacturing.

Eight Steps for Ensuring PCB Assembly Success

December 10, 2014 2:28 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

Today, more than ever, as customer demand patterns become more volatile, performance and productivity is under threat, with rapidly increasing pressure on engineering and materials infrastructures. This paper discusses the eight steps that you need to take to ensure PCB assembly success, ensuring the success of the business.

Latest PCB Assembly Planning Tool Solves the High-Product-Mix Efficiency Challenge

December 10, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

In this paper, we look into the real needs of surface mount manufacturing planning to discover the opportunities that exist to improve optimization and performance through better planning.

ODB++: The Most Effective Communications Format For Transferring PCB Design Data to Manufacturing

December 10, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mentor Graphics | White Papers

Competing in global markets requires OEMs and suppliers to continuously seek ways to more effectively communicate manufacturing requirements when bringing products to market. The collection of manufacturing requirements can be referred to as the product model. For the suppliers, the product model defines ‘what’ needs to be manufactured, but does not define ‘how’ the manufacturing process will be accomplished. When complete, the product model contains the manufacturing content necessary to convey the fabrication, assembly and test requirements to suppliers. The method used to communicate the product model is a key factor in determining process efficiencies, the level of product quality and ultimately the rate a product moves to volume production, which determines the actual time-to-market.

SAP For Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:03 am | Events

SAP for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. 


SAP-Centric EAM

December 9, 2014 10:02 am | Events

Now in its eleventh year, SAP-Centric EAM has become a go-to for the EAM community to stay current on innovative solutions and critical strategies for Enterprise Asset Management in conjunction with SAP PM.

Beyond Conflict Materials for High Tech Companies: Turn Compliance into a Competitive Opportunity

December 4, 2014 5:30 pm | by Capgemini | White Papers

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502, requires organizations to disclose the use of conflict minerals in their products or in the materials used in their manufacturing processes. By rule of the SEC, compliance is about disclosure. Capgemini and Pegasystems envision supply chain transformation far beyond mere compliance. This paper provides an overview of what is required for compliance and Capgemini’s vision to get you there and beyond.

It’s Time to EVALUATE Your Workforce Management Solution

December 3, 2014 4:52 pm | by Kronos | White Papers

You’re trying to manage a rapidly evolving workforce with outdated tools. It drags down productivity, raises costs, and increases your risk of noncompliance. And — it’s making your job harder. It’s simple. If you don’t have the complete automation and high-quality information you need to manage your workforce — from pre-hire to retire, it’s time to evaluate your workforce management solution. Kronos Workforce Ready® is the automated cloud-based workforce management solution designed for organizations like yours. You’ll gain the visibility, insights, and management capabilities you need to achieve a competitive advantage. Moving to Workforce Ready is affordable and easy, and you can be up and running quickly.

The State of Manufacturing ERP Systems

November 18, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | White Papers

Manufacturing Business Technology (MBT) recently surveyed its readers to understand their ERP usage and needs. This report looks at those results and includes industry insights and trends from ERP systems and software vendors including: where these solutions are today; how companies prefer to have their systems hosted; the biggest challenges for ERP systems; and where the systems are headed.

3 ways to gain full visibility and control of supply chain operations

October 30, 2014 12:33 pm | by Columbus Manufacturing | White Papers

Read these 3 customer cases to see how supply chain professionals can have complete visibility and control of the supply chain and alignment with the overall strategy. Learn how to gain visibility and control through: • Aligning Supply Chain Processes with Business Strategy • Allocating Resources • Effective Planning and Decision Making

Outsourcing Isn’t About Low Labor Cost Anymore

October 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by Kronos | White Papers

Manufacturers have traditionally outsourced production to control costs. But today, countries typically known for low-cost production are under growing pressure to increase workforce wages, and political leaders are pushing to keep and create jobs in their own countries, often at a higher cost. Download Outsourcing Isn't About Low Labor Cost Anymore to learn how human resources and operations are being forced to rethink the way they manage their workforces in order to stay competitive.

Extending Lean Labor to the Back Office

October 3, 2014 12:04 pm | by Kronos | White Papers

If you're like many other manufacturing organizations, you have already reaped the benefits of Lean production practices in your manufacturing operations. Wouldn't it make sense to apply the same Lean techniques to your back office, too? Download this whitepaper to learn the challenges of extending Lean to the back office - and how to overcome them.

Lean Labor: Chapter 1

October 3, 2014 12:02 pm | by Kronos | White Papers

Most manufacturers are familiar with Lean as it applies to equipment and processes, but did you know you can apply Lean principles to improve the way you manage your workforce? In chapter one you’ll meet an operations executive who must reduce his company’s product unit cost by 10% in a year or risk moving operations overseas. The story is interwoven with ideas for motivating cultural change and techniques for applying Lean principles to workforce management.

From Why to Why Not: Top 5 Risks of Delaying a Move to the Cloud

September 18, 2014 4:47 pm | by Infor | White Papers

Attitudes toward cloud are rapidly changing, and discussions about the potential downsides of cloud deployment are quickly evolving into evaluations of the risks associated with not making the move. Take a look at 5 risks you face by not moving to the cloud.

5 Key Factors in Optimizing Complex Manufacturing Business

September 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Infor | White Papers

As products, customer demands and global market pressures increase, manufacturing processes are also becoming more complex. In a recent survey, nearly 90 percent of manufacturing executives named complexity as one of the top three issues to be addressed. This whitepaper provides insights on complexity and five ways modern ERP solutions help you streamline and simplify processes, no matter how intricate the configuration or how many highly engineered components are involved.  See more survey results and how high-achieving peers are mastering the complexity in their plants.

Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 16, 2014 3:21 pm | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 


5 Levels of Manufacturing Collaboration

September 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Infor | White Papers

How to plan and build an effective collaboration platform for the stringent demands of manufacturing. Learn how business collaboration is different from social media and how integrated collaborative tools serve as a knowledge management platform and help manage transactional data, speed decisions and support proactive attentions to issues.


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