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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 11:01 am | by Dieter Pape | Articles | Comments

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

OSHA Proposes Fine For Wisconsin Plant Accident

September 12, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine...

DAQRI Unveils 4D Smart Helmet For The Industrial Workforce

September 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by DAQRI | Videos | Comments

DAQRI’s executive team discusses the impetus, hardware features, software tools and use cases of...

The IoT Uplink: Making Use Of All This Data

September 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the data that is produced and how it’s analyzed...

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Demystifying The Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

The year 2020 seems to be the magic year for the Internet of Things when billions of devices are predicted to be wirelessly connected. One might conclude this will also be the year when “Industry 4.0” reaches its true potential.       

Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles.                                 

Intel CFO Talks About Internet Of Things

September 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Intel Executive Vice President and CFO Stacy Smith talks about how Intel has been a good steward of shareholder money, having returned more than $40 billion in cash to shareholders.                   

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The Importance Of Leadership And Employee Engagement In Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 1:16 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 10, 2014 9:20 am | by Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

St. Paris manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.                           

Sage SMB Survey On Mobile Devices

September 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Sage North America | News | Comments

Sage North America has announced the results of the Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices in the manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage and construction industries.                       

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

To harness the collective intelligence of their global suppliers, partners, customers and team members, manufacturers must embrace virtual proximity to build these connected relationships, while they stabilize and grow both local and global markets.

How To Overcome The Top 5 Causes Of Project Failure

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Bryan Nielson | Articles | Comments

It’s a fact of life that not everything will go exactly as you’d planned. Failures large and small — from budget overruns, scope creep and missed deadlines to catastrophic technical issues — can crop up in even the most well-executed plans.   

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Ten Tips For A Successful ERP Implementation

September 8, 2014 12:46 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

For many, the idea of selecting, implementing and deploying an ERP system is daunting as the risks often seem to outweigh the benefits. Here are ten tips to ensure that your organization has a successful ERP implementation.       

Cleanup Of Lead, Arsenic At Charleston Plant Begins

September 5, 2014 11:48 am | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Work begins next month on cleaning the lead and arsenic-laced ground and water at the site of an old fertilizer plant in Charleston, the fifth such site in the area to be cleaned in seven years.                

Industrial VPN Cloud Services – The Future Of Secure Remote Support

September 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Mariam Gallegos | Articles | Comments

Every company wants to simplify its business costs and increase revenue but, often, the different applications or solutions available are expensive, vulnerable and too complicated to implement in-house.             

Apple Supplier Accused Of Violations

September 4, 2014 12:59 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An Apple supplier in China is violating safety and pay rules despite the computer giant's promises to improve conditions, two activist groups said Thursday, ahead of the expected release of the iPhone 6.             

In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 3, 2014 1:17 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.             

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Supply Chains, Big Data And Advanced Analytics

August 28, 2014 2:47 pm | by Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer | Articles | Comments

More and more these days we are hearing about big data challenges and opportunities. So what exactly is big data and why should supply chain professionals care about the idea?                     

Top 5 Solutions To Common Inventory Management Mistakes

August 28, 2014 11:14 am | by Fishbowl | Videos | Comments

As Fishbowl inventory management specialists have gone to different businesses to train them on the company's software, they have seen several common mistakes companies make in managing their warehouses. Here are the top 5 solutions to avoid making these inventory mistakes.

Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

After years of contraction, stagnation and only modest growth, senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.

Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.                   

Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

Is Burger King's 33 Year-Old CEO Paving The Way For Younger Execs?

August 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It used to be that when it comes to effectively running a company, years of experience generally trumps all else. But as younger Millennials edge into corporate leadership, does that experience matter anymore?           

Kentucky Peerless Distillery Joins The Bourbon Trend In Louisville

August 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business.                                                

Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.               

How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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