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Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                       

Steiger Tractor Manufacturing

July 24, 2014 1:09 pm | by CaseIHTube | Videos | Comments

World class tractors from a world class facility. See how Case IH Steiger Tractors are...

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week a Shanghai television station reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co.,...

3 Reasons To Invest In A Pick-To-Light Strategy

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Kevin Sosnowski | Articles | Comments

Light-directed picking has become a go-to solution for thousands of busy modern warehouses — and...

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Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse

July 23, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                   

5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper On Your Shop Floor

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Manufacturing Calculator Launched To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Aptean | Product Releases | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.

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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

July 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction.                         

Cutting Downtime And Improving Production Control With Detailed OEE Data

July 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Gary McNiel | Articles | Comments

With new, granular manufacturing intelligence, one cosmetics manufacturer can easily evaluate line deficiencies and identify needed improvements — giving management the knowledge and confidence they need to keep pace with their demanding industry.

GM Proposes $27M Investment For Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                         

Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 16, 2014 12:26 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the Auburn plant is the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                               

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Purchase Order Management Must Go Way Beyond Simply Tracking Purchase Orders

July 9, 2014 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Successful manufacturers need to keep track of inventory from the moment it's ordered from the supplier to the moment it is delivered to their customer.                            

For Manufacturers, No Time Like The Present For Exchange Server Hosting

July 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

A dedicated, remotely hosted Exchange Server enables companies to save money on the cost of ownership and administration. And it comes with a significant dividend: the ability to redeploy IT staff for other projects and initiatives.     

How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist that provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the startling price tag and complexity.                   

Streamlining Operations And Improving Plant Efficiency

July 2, 2014 1:24 pm | by West Monroe | Videos | Comments

See how Hopewell Logistics has streamlined operations and improved efficiency, by virtually 20 percent, while leveraging a Warehouse Management System (WMS) and a discrete labor management tool.                

Adaptive Process Control Delivers Greater Profit

July 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by Robert Golightly | Articles | Comments

Model-based predictive control techniques have become a pragmatic choice in the industrial world. While there have been significant benefits with sustained value tools they have not been able to solve the whole problem in an integrated, systematic way.

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The Knowledge Management Opportunity In Manufacturing: INO’s Success Story

July 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Pierre Bergeron | Articles | Comments

Institut National D’Optique realized that it needed a better way to share critical knowledge and information across teams, to ensure an accurate, consolidated view of all information, in near real-time, and get new employees up to speed quickly in order to be efficient.

5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 1, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jason Peck | Articles | Comments

The costs and inefficiencies of paper forms are no longer lost on manufacturing businesses that are ramping up efforts to shift paper forms and manual processes to mobile apps — and to integrate mobility with key business processes.     

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:21 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                       

The Art Of Manufacturing The 2015 Ford F-150

June 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Everyman Driver | Videos | Comments

Dave Erickson heads to Dearborn, Michigan for a behind-the-scenes look at manufacturing the 2015 Ford F-150.                                         

IaaS: Increasingly, The Smart Choice For Growing Manufacturers

June 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Specialized offerings not only make IaaS providers more competitive and differentiated, they give manufacturers greater choice — a true win-win.                               

Group Dynamic

June 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

Peruvian Developer Ready To Remake Packard Plant

June 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massive chunks of concrete hang menacingly from what remains of an upper floor at a gutted building at the vacant Packard car plant, a time-decayed symbol of Detroit's finer things and luxury vehicles.              

Volvo Trucks Plans To Invest $69M In Va. Plant

June 27, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.                                   

Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

June 27, 2014 11:28 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology; it’s here today.                                                   

Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 26, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

GSK Warned Over Problems At Quebec Plant

June 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

GSK received a letter of warning from the FDA about conditions at its manufacturing facility at Ste-Foy, Que., where the company makes flu vaccine for the Canadian and U.S. markets.                   

4 Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

June 24, 2014 12:57 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.       

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