Recent Articles

September 16, 2014 9:53 am
John Paul Williams, Director of Industry Solutions, Polycom
Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation, but companies need to leverage big data, cloud, social and mobile capabilities to create businesses that get them closer to their customers.     
September 15, 2014 10:34 am
Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor
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.       
September 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Dieter Pape
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. 
September 10, 2014 8:04 am
Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research
While automation, IT and software solutions can play an important part of many Operational Excellence initiatives, in reality technology can only be as effective as the people and processes to which it supports.           
September 9, 2014 9:52 am
Kurt Kolesha, Sales Manager, EverBank Commercial Fiance's Packaging & Plastics Group
Today, banks are healthy and offering lower rates, which means manufacturers in the packaging space can pursue growth by employing strategic financing models. As a result, many would suggest that it is a perfect time to access capital.   
September 8, 2014 2:24 pm
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 
September 8, 2014 10:05 am
Eric Esson, Rite-Hite, Machine Guarding National Sales Manager
New industrial safety regulations are always coming down the line and it’s critical that managers of food manufacturing and storage facilities keep up on the latest safety technologies available to match the right product to the right process.   
September 4, 2014 1:00 pm
David Schnitt
Purchase orders are typically issued by a manufacturer for specific goods and raw materials. They are a legal document that specifies pricing and quantities when ordering product. What’s happened, however, is that many manufacturers now issue POs for every transaction.
September 3, 2014 1:00 pm
Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology
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.               
September 3, 2014 8:20 am
Dori E. Brewer, Perkins Coie LLP
Before taking the outsourcing plunge, it is critical that businesses commit to processes that ensure the safety of consumers, the security of their intellectual property and compliance with food safety laws.           
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