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Gap Analysis: Driving ROI

June 30, 2015 11:33 am | by Bilal Paracha | Articles | Comments

A gap analysis can move manufacturing facilities into the future of business intelligence. Forward-thinking owners should consider platforms that provide insight into their data warehouses and will connect various systems in order to gain data traceability

5 Project Management Lessons For Manufacturing

June 29, 2015 11:25 am | by Andreas Tremel | Articles | Comments

Staying focused on how best to execute project management tactics is often hard and overlooked,...

In The Driver's Seat

June 26, 2015 11:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-area technology manufacturer MBX Systems saved more than $700,000 and increased net...

Milwaukee Tool To Expand Mississippi Plant

June 25, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Milwaukee Tool announced a $16.8 million expansion of its Greenwood, Mississippi plant that will...

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Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 24, 2015 12:15 pm | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

In this age of Big Data, it is possible for manufacturers to warehouse and mine internal and external data, and use this data to their advantage.

Airbus A320 U.S. Manufacturing Facility: Employee Training

June 23, 2015 12:08 pm | by Airbus | Videos | Comments

Go behind the scenes as employees for Airbus’ first U.S. manufacturing facility — which will begin producing A319, A320 and A321 jetliners in Mobile, Alabama during 2015 — undergo on-the-job training at the company’s Hamburg, Germany site. 

Improving Your Manufacturing Process With A Main Automation Contractor

June 23, 2015 11:43 am | by Ed Diehl | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers can tap into control integration expertise by using a main automation contractor who takes the lead by integrating all aspects of their project, resulting in a smoother and faster start-up.

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Robots: Will Humans Face A Horse And Buggy Moment?

June 22, 2015 12:44 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Gideon Rose discusses work and life in the age of automation.

Gun Maker Colt Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

June 15, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gun maker Colt Defense LLC filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy late Sunday, allowing for a quicker sale of operations in the U.S. and Canada.

Jeni's Halts Production After Listeria Again Found In Plant

June 15, 2015 9:37 am | by Mitch Stacy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has found listeria in its plant again and has halted production and closed retail shops for the second time since April, the company said Friday.

GM, Fiat Chrysler Negotiators Depart Ahead Of Contract Talks

June 11, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The top labor negotiators for two of Detroit's "Big Three" automakers departed in recent days in what could be a harbinger of difficult contract talks this summer.

Survey: Multinationals Increasingly Focus On Workplace Safety

June 10, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recently released survey of large multinational corporations showed that company officials are placing a greater emphasis on workplace safety, according to safety science company UL Workplace Health & Safety.

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Best Practices For Sharing Data Across The Enterprise

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Khris Kammer & Keith McPherson | Articles | Comments

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations.

Tips For Taking Your ERP Paperless

May 29, 2015 10:54 am | by Alyssa Kadansky | Articles | Comments

So you’ve implemented an ERP solution to help streamline your financial processes. But maybe you want to take your ERP solution one step further and help your office go completely paperless.

UAW Rival At VW Represented By 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:22 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda.

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.  

The Industrial IoT Enables The First Factory Of The Future

May 26, 2015 11:46 am | by Andy Chang | Articles | Comments

By adding intelligence to its tools and shop floor systems, Airbus’ production process is becoming more efficient, ultimately bringing planes and aerospace equipment to market faster.

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Report Calls For Integrating Employers' Health, Safety Programs

May 26, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report proposes integrating workplace health and safety programs in order to evaluate their impacts on businesses.

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 the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what’s needed to achieve consistent process improvement.

Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal.

Post Consolidates Cereal-Making Business In Minnesota

May 18, 2015 9:38 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Post Holdings Inc. said Friday it will merge two of its cereal businesses, headquarter them in Minnesota and close a New Jersey office as it separately grapples with a widening bird flu outbreak that has forced it to discontinue some products and tweak prices.

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.

Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter beginning Tuesday after members rejected its latest contract proposal.

Drones Could Enhance Safety At Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way.

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."

Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 6, 2015 9:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.

Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at an Alabama auto parts plant signed a petition calling for the departure of the United Auto Workers, the latest episode in a contentious union organizing fight.

GM To Spend $5.4B On U.S. Factories Over 3 Years

May 1, 2015 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

The Most Sophisticated Manufacturing Process In The World

April 30, 2015 11:28 am | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Meet John Breseke, Director of Manufacturing IT at Intel, whose job it is to help design and manage arguably the most automated and sophisticated manufacturing process in the world. 

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