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Over Half Of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency In 2015

September 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results.

The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for...

5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay...

Top 3 Underground Data Centers In The U.S.

September 17, 2014 12:49 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism...

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Identity Management With Enterprise Service Bus Is Idealistic, But Not Reality

September 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

Identity management with the ESB is an utopian ideal. In architectural terms it is impressive, but it is not yet achievable in practice.                                 

GreenTech Automotive Claims MS Factory Construction Complete

September 12, 2014 11:43 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.                               

Better Insights, Security And Efficiency With Brand Protection Software

September 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mark Prokosch | Articles | Comments

Cloud-based serialization platforms are emerging as the best way for brand owners to increase visibility across the entire life-cycle from suppliers, manufacturing and distribution to the end-user to maintain a high level of safety and security.

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Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

To harness the collective intelligence of their global suppliers, partners, customers and team members, manufacturers must embrace virtual proximity to build these connected relationships, while they stabilize and grow both local and global markets.

How To Overcome The Top 5 Causes Of Project Failure

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Bryan Nielson | Articles | Comments

It’s a fact of life that not everything will go exactly as you’d planned. Failures large and small — from budget overruns, scope creep and missed deadlines to catastrophic technical issues — can crop up in even the most well-executed plans.   

Ten Tips For A Successful ERP Implementation

September 8, 2014 12:46 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

Industrial VPN Cloud Services – The Future Of Secure Remote Support

September 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Mariam Gallegos | Articles | Comments

Every company wants to simplify its business costs and increase revenue but, often, the different applications or solutions available are expensive, vulnerable and too complicated to implement in-house.             

Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: manufacturers’ over-reliance on purchase orders.

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Chrysler Confronts Safety Concerns

August 28, 2014 3:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

An electrical component found in millions of Chrysler's vehicles is generating problems for owners.                                           

To Make Crowdsourcing Work, Move From Contests To Continual Innovation

August 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

While crowdsourcing is still in its early stages as a manufacturing enabler, it offers the potential to be a significant disrupter if taken seriously.                             

Top 5 Solutions To Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to avoid making these inventory mistakes.

Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

The New Face Of Manufacturing: Conquering An Omnichannel World

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Adam Kline | Articles | Comments

Omnichannel is one of the hottest buzz-words in supply chain today, but how far does the concept reach? You hear a lot about how omnichannel impacts retailers, carriers and even some wholesalers… but its potential to disrupt the manufacturing industry may surprise you.

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers In The U.S.

August 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of manufacturing employees in the U.S.                                   

What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

Protecting Data With Password Managers

August 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

After a series of recent cyber-security breaches it's more important than ever to secure your online accounts. Remembering unique passwords can be difficult, so Marlie Hall looks at how a password manager can help.           

7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 15, 2014 11:27 am | by Will Bacon | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.                       

Apple Bans Use Of 2 Chemicals In Product Assembly

August 14, 2014 9:32 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2014 9:26 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 13, 2014 1:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. Will it work?       

Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 11:43 am | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

When quality or value does not appear to make a difference in consumer decision-making, manufacturers cut costs and assume the risks to quality. But consumers are aware of this phenomenon, and it may be that value, not price, is once again rising to the surface as the primary decision factor.

Using Social Media In The Supply Chain

August 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

Social media brings businesses closer to their customers, provides a platform for communication and building thought leadership, and when executed properly it can help drive business and provide a significant return on investment.     

Hosting QuickBooks: It All Adds Up For Manufacturers — And Their Accounting Firms

July 31, 2014 4:40 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Rather than restricting access to an office computer, or taking a laptop on the road to visit clients, QuickBooks cloud hosting ensures that the software and hardware is managed, backed up and always available via the Internet.       

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