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5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

January 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Doug Fair | Articles | Comments

There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise.             

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end...

How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop...

States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-...

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 11:00 am | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

Agility — flexibility, scalability, and readiness to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls — can mean the difference between success and failure.                             

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful manufacturing business.           

Nitrogen Leak At LG Factory Kills 2, Sickens Others

January 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

Debunking The Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths Of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Barrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.                 

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions.                             

After Reshoring — Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

Year After W.Va. Chemical Spill, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost a year after chemicals leaked into the Elk River, former Freedom Industries executives, the company itself and two other employees are facing criminal charges in the spill.                     

Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Articles | Comments

Interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation of data for digestion, interpretation and automation of strategic decisions to maximize uptime and profitability.

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 and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

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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, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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.                           

Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. With the auto industry being so heavily entrenched with labor unions, is the fight to keep them out futile?       

Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-To-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Manufacturers struggling to find welders, machinists see women as potential labor pool.                                               

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.  

TN Governor Questions UAW Process At VW

December 10, 2014 12:31 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, a longtime critic of the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize foreign automakers in the South, on Tuesday questioned the process by which the union qualified under a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

10 MP USB 3.0 Industrial Cameras

December 10, 2014 9:34 am | by The Imaging Source | Product Releases | Comments

The Imaging Source, an international manufacturer of machine vision cameras, has just announced the immediately availability of new USB 3.0 industrial cameras with a resolution of 10 MP.

UAW Reaches Top Tier Of VW Labor Policy In Tenn.

December 9, 2014 11:09 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 4, 2014 11:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

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?

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.

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