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Manufacturers Need To Change The Way They Think About Their IT

May 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by John D'Souza, Wipro Limited | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers today continue to have a project-based approach when it comes to IT. This approach, often practiced and most easily managed under project P&Ls, is not able to achieve the macro objectives of an organization.       

Windows Server 2012: Good News For Growing Manufacturers

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Windows Server powers many of the world’s largest data centers, but it also delivers value to...

Unique Environment Places Emphasis on Real-time Data, Traceability

March 24, 2014 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Reily Foods Company uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by...

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 4, 2013 10:52 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

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.

Separating Plant Network From Enterprise Network Improves Operational Performance

November 27, 2013 10:49 am | by Belden Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

Study Explores Manufacturer Interest In ERP Integration With Social Media

November 25, 2013 3:07 pm | by IFS | News | Comments

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has released a primary research study suggesting that interest in enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration with social media sites may be leveling off.             

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Dual VPN And Firewall Capable Router Released

November 25, 2013 2:38 pm | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

The Allen-Bradley Stratix 5900 services router is the first in the Rockwell Automation network product portfolio to deliver virtual private network (VPN) and firewall capabilities simultaneously. These capabilities make the router well-suited for securing cell/area zones, as well as connecting to a cell/area zone from a remote location over an untrusted network.

Calibrating An AC-operated LVDT Linear Position Sensor

September 5, 2013 3:03 pm | by Macro Sensors | Videos | Comments

Learn how to connect, install and calibrate the EAZY-CAL MME-1000 Mini-Module LVDT Signal Conditioner in this informative video tutorial.                                 

Closing The IT Generation Gap With The Social, Mobile Cloud

July 16, 2013 10:23 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO, VAI | Articles | Comments

In many companies, the IT teams are split into two distinct camps — with the older workers managing line of business applications, such as ERP and related servers, while the younger ones handle networking and emerging technologies. As companies embrace new social, mobile cloud technologies, however, these two camps must come together and work in harmony to further evolve ERP applications.

Cisco Introduces ESS 2020

April 10, 2013 11:17 am | by Cisco | Manufacturing Business Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco introduces the ESS 2020 embedded switching board that brings Cisco’s intelligent networking technology into a small form factor. The solution can be applied to diverse applications and harsh environments from military vehicles, high performance trains, and industrial vehicles/machines.

Did Windows Blue Blow it?

April 2, 2013 9:40 am | by SRV Network, Inc. | News | Comments

After Microsoft’s Windows 8 was widely criticized by users and tech experts alike, the tech giant is prepared to release an updated version in the form of Windows Blue. The revamp is slated to be released this year, but last week screenshots of the latest build were posted to a Polish tech forum.

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Virtualization In Manufacturing

March 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology took time to talk to Frank Hill, director of manufacturing business development, Stratus Technologies, about virtualization. Hill explains what it is, how virtualization can help manufacturers take advantage of the processing power they may already have and how to mitigate some of the risk facing companies every day.

IT Services Market Endured A Dismal End To 2012

March 18, 2013 2:32 pm | by OVUM | News | Comments

Last year was the worst for IT services contract activity since 2002, according to research from Ovum. Performance in the three months to the end of December 2012 fell well below the levels seen in the same period of 2011, ensuring that annual IT services contract activity fell to its lowest level for 10 years, both in terms of total contract value (TCV) and deal volume.

The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

March 18, 2013 9:28 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead | Articles | Comments

As the manufacturing industry moves rapidly into the virtual, paperless era, the standardized working environment for managing manufacturing operations require tools like HMI 3D visuals and flat screen monitors in control rooms and at strategic points throughout the facility.  It is becoming the norm, not the exception.

Beware The Ill-Planned Innovative Rollout

March 12, 2013 4:11 pm | by Moe Glenner, President, PURELogistics | Articles | Comments

It happens repeatedly. A company adopts a new technology platform that ostensibly will ease the workload, streamline operational processes and result in overall gains in efficiency and budget spending. The intention is spot-on but the execution is decidedly less so.

Lean Manufacturing: The Skinny on the Facts

January 8, 2013 10:28 am | by Frank Hill, Stratus Technologies | Articles | Comments

No matter how efficient the rest of your business is, if your IT isn’t running at full speed, your end-to-end operations aren’t either. Whether it’s as simple as email or as complex as MRP, today’s businesses are driven by IT. Systems running at half speed or not at all can result in missed deadlines, lost revenues and reduced customer satisfaction.

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OpenText Delivers Tempo Social And Tempo Box In The Cloud

November 14, 2012 5:03 pm | Manufacturing Business Technology | Product Releases | Comments

OpenText, a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) solutions, unveiled Tempo Social and Tempo Box at Enterprise World 2012, the company's annual customer conference. These new offerings are designed to facilitate social collaboration and secure information sharing in the OpenText Cloud and on-premises.

Microsoft Releases IE 10 Browser For Windows 7

November 14, 2012 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest version of Microsoft's Web browser is now available to the vast audience connecting to the Internet on personal computers running on the Windows 7 operating system. Although Internet Explorer 10 is supposed to process Web pages more quickly and smoothly than its predecessors, it may have limited appeal to Windows 7 users.

Q&A: Challenges And Benefits To ERP Integration

November 2, 2012 2:24 pm | by Hyla Soft USA | Articles | Comments

Hyla Soft USA software consultant Erick Dudeck recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the topic of ERP integration, its challenges and benefits, as well as how it effects other aspects of a manufacturing enterprise.

Accelerate The Move To Paperless Manufacturing

November 2, 2012 1:23 pm | by Apriso | Product Releases | Comments

Apriso announced general availability of FlexNet 9.6, the company’s next generation manufacturing software platform that offers much more than traditional manufacturing execution systems. New capabilities offer greater benefits to more widely adopt paperless manufacturing processes.

Capturing Quality In A Can: REXAM Beverage Can Group

February 17, 2011 1:22 pm | by Minitab Inc. | White Papers

The can that kept your most recent beer or soda fresh and delicious just may have been manufactured by the Rexam Beverage Can Group, which produces an annual volume of 55 billion cans in 50 plants around the world, making it the market leader. The company applies a protective coating to the interior of every can to help it maintain freshness, cleanliness and taste. But when the company detected variation in the weight of the coating applied on two of the company’s production lines,  it initiated a Six Sigma improvement project powered by Minitab Statistical Software.

A New Approach To BI

January 25, 2011 10:24 am | by FusionOps | White Papers

A new generation of business intelligence applications are going beyond traditional BI tools by providing instant visibility into business performance without IT help or professional services.

Ten Warning Signs That Your ERP System Is Killing Your Business

September 8, 2010 1:21 pm | by Plex Systems | White Papers

Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.

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