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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman | Articles | Comments

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target...

Report: Cloud Driving Global Business Transformation, Improving Customer Alignment

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by KPMG LLP | News | Comments

New data from the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, show the increased use of cloud...

7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments,...

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.             

Learn How Big Data And Analytics Are Driving Operational Excellence For A&D Manufacturers And Suppliers

December 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Manufacturers Need An ERP As Unique As Their Business

December 10, 2014 12:11 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility — Kodak.          

The Importance Of Testing IT Readiness And Strong Backup Plans

December 8, 2014 11:39 am | by Chris Cooley | Articles | Comments

Every manufacturer recognizes that its IT network and application infrastructure get more complex every day. At the same time, pressure mounts to make sure that critical IT projects run smoothly, are cost-effective and provide a higher-than-ever ROI. Manufacturers also know that disruptions and outages are inevitable — and they understand the costs when a disaster strikes.

The ABC’s Of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory)

December 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by Tariq Choudry | Articles | Comments

We all know the that the goal of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is to provide a mutually beneficial relationship where both sides will be able to more smoothly and accurately control the availability and flow of goods. But how many of us are confident we’re actually doing it right?

Hershey Explores Removal Of Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.                                            

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Develop Design And Implementation Guide For Deploying Wireless Enterprise Equipment

December 3, 2014 9:28 am | by Rockwell Automation & Cisco | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide. The detailed design guidance will help control system engineers, IT network engineers, and system integrators implement standard, IP-based wireless networks in a more robust, secure and scalable way.

More U.S. CEOs Plan To Increase Hiring In Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

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.

Forget 'Made In China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

November 21, 2014 4:09 pm | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the “Workshop of the World” Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Onshoring

November 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.                  

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving To The Left

November 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by Tobin McGregor | Articles | Comments

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right.                   

Home Is Where The Smart Is

November 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by Steve Chalgren | Articles | Comments

Smart appliances and integrated products depend not only on ideation and generation but also component innovation — better, faster, lighter, and connected are the new rules of the game. Manufacturers who take the lead in developing these products need a way to be as smart as the homes they are helping to build.

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

While businesses already leverage smartphones for communication, companies are only now understanding the power of intra-company smartphone APPs as a mission-critical Mobile Process Improvement (MPI) asset that can actually drive productivity, enhance competitiveness and maximize revenue.

iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:03 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

Privacy Advantages Of Using A Datacenter In Iceland

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Natalie Lehrer | Blogs | Comments

According to most data security analysts, Iceland is often referred to as the most privacy-friendly nation for hosting sensitive data. Because data files are becoming larger, it becomes more practical to host data in one central location where it can be readily accessible from any where in the world.

How A Labeling Solution Saved A U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment. 

Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 10:36 am | by Laura Rokohl | Articles | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 12:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Amy Susan, the director of communications and marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, talks about what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession.           

What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

Do's And Don'ts Of IT/OT Collaboration

October 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Paul Brooks | Articles | Comments

Some practical guidance that can help professionals from both sides of the divide implement practices that will make life easier for their peers.                              

Walk, Don’t Run: A Security Framework For Midsize Organizations

October 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.        

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