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Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow — or both — an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

Unique Environment Places Emphasis on Real-time Data, Traceability

March 24, 2014 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Reily Foods Company uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by...

Dell Saves $50 Million With mcaConnect And Dynamics AX

March 7, 2014 5:14 pm | Videos | Comments

At one time Dell Computers had 11 factories - each operating with a unique IT system. This led...

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Five Enterprise Trends Driving RFID Adoption In Manufacturing

August 28, 2013 10:22 am | by Chris Forgione, Senior Director of Asset Tracking, OATSystems | Articles | Comments

The use of RFID is becoming more and more prevalent in manufacturing industries.  But the rationale behind RFID process automation has evolved over the years, from supplier mandates, to cost reductions, to performance improvement.     

Prosecutors Seek Speedy Finmeccanica Bribe Trial

April 30, 2013 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors are pushing for a speedy trial for alleged corruption by top executives at Italian defense giant Finmeccanica and its Agusta helicopter division. Finmeccanica CEO Giusppe Orsi was arrested and Agusta CEO Bruno Spagnolini are accused of involvement in the payment of bribes in the $670 million sale of 12 helicopters to the government of India.

Army Says No To More Tanks, But Congress Insists

April 29, 2013 10:40 am | by Richard Lardner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army's hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle. Lawmakers from both parties have devoted nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams. But senior Army officials have said repeatedly, "No thanks."


Barcode Scanning For Quality Assurance

March 26, 2013 11:34 am | by CAS DataLoggers, Inc. | Manufacturing Business Technology | Product Releases | Comments

CAS DataLoggers receives many calls from manufacturers who need a data logging solution for quality assurance purposes. A common project involves scanning bar codes on products coming off of manufacturing lines. Intelligent devices can simultaneously capture a scanned bar code and additional values which determine whether a product is high-quality or defective.

Kansas Legislators Jump Into Business Tax Fight

March 12, 2013 3:24 pm | by John Hanna, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Kansas legislators have jumped into a tax dispute over refineries and fertilizer and cement plants, but critics worry that helping their operators could pinch local governments and hurt homeowners and small businesses. A bill before the Kansas House would revise a state law on how counties value machinery and equipment in complex manufacturing plants when levying property taxes.

Reliable Mobile Logistics Applications With Integrated UPS

March 4, 2013 1:07 pm | by noax Technologies | Manufacturing Business Technology | Product Releases | Comments

The greatest advantage, compared to batteries, is that super condensers have long life cycles and are maintenance-free. The UPS bridges up to 30 seconds of voltage failure, thus offering protection against data loss and operation interruptions.

The Best Mobile Device For Warehouse Inventory Management

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

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.

Eliminate Inventory Discrepancies

January 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Plex Systems | Articles | Comments

For several years, Spring Dynamics had been utilizing an on-premise ERP system that included accounting functions and standard reports on inventory, accounts receivable and accounts payable. Management wanted a more robust, comprehensive system that would also include shop-floor operations, generate management reports and help maximize overall business performance.


Ten Pitfalls To Avoid When Selecting A CMMS/EAM (Part 2)

January 18, 2013 9:51 am | by David Berger, Director, Western Management Consultants, Toronto | Articles | Comments

As companies search for ways to get the most out of their existing operating assets, Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS/EAM) software packages are key. However, when it comes to researching, selecting and implementing the right CMMS/EAM, some of the same mistakes have been made for decades and some new ones have emerged.

Ten Pitfalls To Avoid When Selecting A CMMS/EAM (Part 1)

January 17, 2013 10:00 am | by David Berger, Director, Western Management Consultants, Toronto | Articles | Comments

As companies search for ways to get the most out of their existing operating assets, Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS/EAM) software packages are key. However, when it comes to researching, selecting and implementing the right CMMS/EAM, some of the same mistakes have been made for decades and some new ones have emerged.

Intelligent Asset Technology Is Changing Manufacturing Standards

January 15, 2013 10:14 am | by Alec Pinkham | Articles | Comments

By reorganizing all enterprise and equipment data into reusable asset equipment classes (templates), ICONICS promotes reuse and scalability while improving ease of configuration. Assets, as they are recognized by the software can represent any equipment or area in an application.

Asset Management Featured Content

January 14, 2013 11:34 am | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Inventory Control & Asset Management. 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. 

Updated MES Software

October 15, 2012 11:24 am | by Invensys Operations Management | Manufacturing Business Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Invensys Operations Management has released an updated version of its Wonderware MES software. The newest version expands existing operations and performance management functionality by adding quality management for sample data collection, statistical process control and quality results monitoring.


MES Implementation: It's All In The Approach

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

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.

3 Simple Complexities Of Data Protection

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

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.

Five Tips To Select The Best Asset Management Solution

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

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.

Increasing Profits and Productivity: Bar Coding and RFID Enables Precise Asset Management

February 9, 2012 9:06 am | by Zebra Technologies | White Papers

When businesses cannot locate tools and equipment at the time of need, the price is more than just inconvenience. Time spent searching for assets hurts productivity, reducing profitability. To improve competitiveness and profitability, enterprises must manage assets with the same care and innovation they use to drive excess inventory and costs out of operations. A good asset management program will improve return-on-assets (ROA) and other metrics by helping to lower and control the overall cost to do business. Download this white paper to learn how bar code and radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can improve supply chain visibility and make it simple and convenient to gather and manage asset information in a timely and efficient manner.

ERP Modules for Different Business Types

November 10, 2011 12:10 pm | by Inside-ERP | White Papers

 Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, is a mature segment of the software market. Mostfeatures are standard across solutions.

2011 Top Trends in ERP for 2011 and Beyond 0911(2)

November 10, 2011 11:57 am | by Inside-ERP | White Papers

 Enterpriseresource planning, or ERP, systems are intended to provide data to helpemployees make better decisions (and make them faster), to make your corebusiness processes more efficient, and to help reduce costs across your organization.

Hidden Gems: 5 ERP Vendors You Might Not Have Considered, but Probably Should

November 10, 2011 11:41 am | by Inside-ERP | White Papers

 Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, is a complex business application, and no one should enter into a partnership with an ERP vendor lightly.

Future Tech: Where Will ERP Be in 2 Years?

November 10, 2011 11:16 am | by Inside-ERP | White Papers

 Enterprise resource planning, or ERP, systems are criticalto the business operations of many companies, despite their notoriousreputation for failed deployments and expensive maintenance plans. 

2011 Top Trends in ERP for 2011 and Beyond 0911

November 10, 2011 10:29 am | by Inside ERP | White Papers

Plan In Perfect Sync

September 28, 2011 6:26 am | by SAS | White Papers

Some companies have gotten away from putting thesales and marketing perspective into executive sales and operations planning(ES&OP); however, this is risky business in today’s economy. This paperexplores the root causes of ES&OP challenges and provides a case study thatdetails how one market-driven company has been able to successfully sensedemand signals and shape future demand for over five years. It also outlines aclear path to optimized, market-driven ES&OP that enables companies tosense demand signals and changes almost instantly and align their supply chainfaster to respond swiftly to fluctuations in demand.

Supply-Chain Analytics: Beyond ERP & SCM

January 27, 2011 8:07 am | by SAS | White Papers

 Leading manufacturing companies have come to realize that to remain competitive, they must do more than just plan and act within the four walls of a plant. To offer the flexibility and increased responsiveness that customers so desire — and to meet their goals of cost containment and improved efficiency — manufacturers must connect across their supply-chains and derive analytical insights from data within.

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