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A Shoe's Eye View Of Material Handling

March 4, 2015 11:28 am | by Chris Capsaw & Bob Liebe | Articles | Comments

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

5 Ways A Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Find out how a manufacturing business can take advantage of the growing trend toward mobile apps...

Top 10 Resolutions For Building A Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 2, 2015 11:47 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries,...

Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Airbag Problems

February 27, 2015 9:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some airbags explode with...

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Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 12:29 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory.

The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 25, 2015 11:32 am | by Stefan Guertzgen | Articles | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business. 

Why Manufacturers Need To Do Their Duty To Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 11:17 am | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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M&A In Manufacturing - Top 3 Data Lessons Learned

February 23, 2015 11:05 am | by Eric Stout | Articles | Comments

As manufacturing companies look toward the fast-growth areas of their business in favor of reducing non-core assets, M&A has become an effective strategy. However, from a data perspective, manufacturers must take the right steps to ensure proper quality and migration for all enterprise data involved. 

Adopting Technology To Go Lean In 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 11:16 am | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.

Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 11:09 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a very specific product. Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in this process.

3 Steps For Evolving IoT Architectures

February 18, 2015 10:50 am | by Jack Tison | Articles | Comments

As the Internet of Things (IoT) moves into the industrial space, studies show 86 percent of manufacturers are investing in IoT as they go after an estimated $4 trillion in benefits for manufacturing applications. Why now? The cost of sensors, networking, storage and computing have dropped dramatically.

The Untethered Technician

February 17, 2015 11:43 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

What maintenance technicians are accomplishing through wireless mobile devices is revolutionizing factory efficiency.

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Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier For A Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

Is It Time To Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

Sansa Security Joins The Industrial Internet Consortium

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Sansa Security | News | Comments

Sansa Security, a provider of embedded security technologies, today announced that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the hopes of accelerating the growth of the industrial Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 10, 2015 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.     

Technology On The Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor.

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Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

3 Easy Steps To Protect Companies From Cyberattacks

February 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

James Fox, head of cyber defense services at KPMG, and Craig Richardson, CEO at Wynyard Group, discuss the ways companies can prepare for and protect themselves from cyberattacks.                     

When Operational Performance And Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 5, 2015 11:30 am | by Jack Moran | Articles | Comments

While there’s no one-size-fits all approach to costing, manufacturers should take a close look at their current method to ensure it generates data that enables management to drive the business forward.              

The Challenges Of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 11:58 am | by Adam Gittler | Articles | Comments

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words ‘defect’ and ‘problem’. Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

The World Of ME-Commerce

January 28, 2015 12:22 pm | by Derek Rickard | Articles | Comments

Automation levels the playing field for goods-to-person distribution against the mobile and electronic commerce explosion.                                     

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

Assessing Your Risk For A Cyber Breach & Minimizing The Fallout

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Jay Shelton | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 12:42 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

January 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Mark Sell | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security.

7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

Playing Well With Retailers: Frictionless D2C Ecommerce For Manufacturers

January 13, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Frictionless D2C ecommerce represents the best way forward for manufacturers to take advantage of the ever-increasing growth of online sales while still maintaining that sales through their existing retail partners aren’t negatively impacted.   

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