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Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.
More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.
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.
General Motors Corp. is spending $11 million at its Fort Wayne truck assembly plant to create a small power plant that would use landfill gas to supply 40 percent of the factory's electricity.
Activist investor Carl Icahn is seeking the support of Apple shareholders as he tries to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more of its cash to buy back the company's stock.
A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring.
Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver solutions to clients. But before jumping into delivering any of these solutions, system integrators need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation.
Mark Dwight steered San Francisco's iconic bike messenger bag maker Timbuk2 back from the brink of bankruptcy to profitability, and a $20 million sale to private equity investors in 2005, before leaving to start his own company, Rickshaw Bagworks. He's a passionate advocate for the "maker movement", who believes that micro-manufacturers are the future of American manufacturing.
Food safety is seen as the single most important issue among manufacturers, and the demands to document information relating to food sourcing, material flow, traceability and more present an ongoing challenge.
Volkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours. This surge in corporate beneficence isn't an indication that employers are becoming kinder and gentler: It's about the bottom line.
Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.
Former Sybase CEO John Chen says in a letter to customers Monday that BlackBerry is returning to its roots, refocusing on delivering devices and services to business users.
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.
Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.
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.
Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as restaurants, suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue. Marketers across all industries need to incorporate these retail strategies to optimize customer interactions to build brand loyalty and drive sales.
Roughly a year ago, GE and other thought leaders in the industry launched the Get Skills to Work initiative, a coalition aimed at closing the skills gap and specifically, to support veterans as they transition to careers in advanced manufacturing.
Italian automaker Fiat SpA, Chrysler's majority owner, said earlier Monday that Chrysler's board has determined an initial public offering is "not practicable" in 2013.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Wireless carriers reject cellphone 'Kill Switch' idea; gun safety technology; and the mission of Tesla Motors.
R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs.
Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.
Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.
For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company, that processes sheet metal and coils, is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.
Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, talks about the company's vision and responds to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation involving battery fires with the Model S.
The CMMI Institute, established by Carnegie Mellon University, is home to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), a gold standard of excellence in software and systems development. The Institute will continue to help this market to solve business problems while advancing the use of the model to new industry sectors around the world.
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