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Do Your Business Processes Need A Spring Cleanup? Ask These 4 Questions

May 27, 2015 11:38 am | by Jeff Frankel | Articles | Comments

Here are 4 questions to help determine if your business processes are working across the enterprise or if you need to do some spring cleaning to make the most of 2015.  

Lean Six Sigma: The Ultimate Tool To Strengthen Your Business

May 22, 2015 11:12 am | by Michael DeCata | Articles | Comments

It’s sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand...

Automating SOP Management To Improve Quality, Oversight And Efficiency

May 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by Mika Javanainen | Articles | Comments

While quality and compliance rely heavily on the creation, sharing and maintenance of SOPs, it...

How Cloud Apps Are Driving Manufacturing Innovation

May 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Francis Li | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are becoming pioneers in the cloud space — despite their previously low-tech...

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7 Tips For A Successful Enterprise Software Implementation

May 18, 2015 11:43 am | by Sameer Bhatia | Articles | Comments

Here are seven tips to help your enterprise software implementation be a success.

Manufacturing Automation: Finding The ROI In A Digital Strategy

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.

Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.

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5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 11, 2015 12:03 pm | by De'Andre Salter | Articles | Comments

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there. It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain."

Three Ways Improved Visibility Can Help The Manufacturing Ops Leader

May 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Kelly Cabatuan | Articles | Comments

Here are three ways that improved visibility helps you deliver accuracy, efficiency and better profits for your manufacturing team.

Want To Manufacture Intelligent Products? Moving Your ERP To The Cloud Helps

May 1, 2015 11:08 am | by Rob Goldiez | Blogs | Comments

As we seek to take advantage of the huge advancements in manufacturing — automation technology, advanced manufacturing systems, data infrastructure projects and data science — our internal mentality must change to create room for these new opportunities. 

How Sight Glass Helps Workers Monitor Leak Detection

April 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Tina Gallo | Articles | Comments

Leak is a four-letter word that no industrial manufacturer ever wants to hear. Industrial leaks can slow down manufacturing lines, destroy equipment, and possibly harm workers — making them a top concern for industrial teams.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need To Invest In APM

April 27, 2015 11:04 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Failure to meet regulatory reporting requirements carries a direct impact on profitability that can range from a fine or penalty, to outright invalidation of the product.

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Could Your Supply Chain Be Your Weak Link In Risk Management?

April 24, 2015 11:06 am | by Steve Durbin | Articles | Comments

Supply chains are a vital component of every organization’s global business operations and the backbone of today’s global economy. However, security chiefs everywhere are concerned about how open they are to an abundance of risk factors.

Navigating A New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 10:48 am | by Bob McKee | Articles | Comments

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

Manufacturers Are Looking To The Cloud

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

How Buyer-Driven Procurement Became The New Normal

April 17, 2015 11:33 am | by Dan Amzallag | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, time, cost and a lack of resources put severe limits on procurement professionals' supplier vetting process. But traditions are changing.

Maintenance Of The Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive To Collaborative

April 16, 2015 10:49 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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How Cloud Enables And Supports The Lean Warehouse

April 15, 2015 11:12 am | by Sid Geddam | Articles | Comments

Three factors that should be top of mind so that the lean warehouse can change, grow and help enable shifts in a company’s expanding business.

Choosing Network Technology

April 13, 2015 11:32 am | by Industrial IP Advantage | News | Comments

There are many things to consider choosing an EtherNet/IP network technology, and many options may be deceptive. Before you start an installation, there are certain things you should know about ‘standard’ and ‘standards-based.’

Who Owns The Asset And The Data In APM And Servitization?

April 13, 2015 11:15 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Asset Performance Management (APM), like so many other evolving enterprise applications is beginning to move to the cloud. The advanced analytics and the big data aspects of asset reliability are well-suited to amalgamation in the cloud. The level of confidence in a prediction is often dependent on the quantity of the data used to make the prediction.

International Connectivity Requires Well-Fleshed Roadmap

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rich Brown | Articles | Comments

The smaller the world becomes, the more essential a strong working telecom connection to other parts of the world will be to your manufacturing operations. But to make the most of worldwide connections, now is the time to consider your communication needs and begin to make your roadmap for execution.

Cybersecurity: The Ongoing Situation

April 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this day and age, due to such aggressive attacks by hackers, every company should assume that they have been or will be hacked. Activate founder Michael Wolf discusses cybersecurity in the wake of the Heartbleed bug and recent company hack attacks. 

HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 8, 2015 10:47 am | by Simon Wieczner | Articles | Comments

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. Because there are only basic prerequisites in equipping users in the supply chain with the ability to access important documents, this technology is truly revolutionary. 

Combatting The Challenges Of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 10:54 am | by John Hinchey | Articles | Comments

While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

April 6, 2015 10:49 am | by Tom Grace | Articles | Comments

Information and best practices for identifying and avoiding counterfeit electrical products.

Negotiation Considerations For Performance Guarantees And Service Level Agreements

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Steele Clayton & Shelley R. Thomas | Articles | Comments

A discussion regarding the use of performance guarantees and service level agreements to establish contractual metrics that allows both customer and vendor the opportunity to assess objectively the other party’s performance under the contract. 

The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 1, 2015 10:36 am | by John Renick | Articles | Comments

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains.

Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

March 30, 2015 8:47 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors

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