Recent Articles

September 12, 2014 1:11 pm
Dieter Pape
Time means everything in manufacturing, and clocks that are synchronized to display the same, accurate time aren’t just a convenience. They are required for efficient, compliant operations.                  
September 11, 2014 2:25 pm
Diane Palmquist
We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 
September 10, 2014 10:28 am
Greg Goodwin
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.
September 9, 2014 10:33 am
Larry Korak
The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    
September 9, 2014 9:28 am
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
Automakers or U.S. safety regulators often send out recall notices before parts are ready. Sometimes the companies or dealers offer free loaner cars, but most of the time they don't. That presents car owners with a difficult question: should they keep driving and hope the problem doesn't affect them, or rent a car until the dealer gets parts, which can take months or even a year?
September 5, 2014 9:12 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor
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 4, 2014 9:57 am
Warren Wise, Charleston Post & Courier
The only Boeing airplane that will be built exclusively in North Charleston has landed a supplier, an aerospace division of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp.                       
September 3, 2014 11:02 am
Jack Keough, Contributing Editor of Industrial Distribution
One of the most troubling difficulties many manufacturers face is controlling their MRO expenditures and also making sure that they have the right number of products in their storerooms as needed.               
September 3, 2014 10:36 am
Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.
Though some aspects of the case against Buckyballs are unique, there are several lessons for manufacturers based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's approach to its enforcement action against Buckyballs.           
September 2, 2014 12:02 pm
by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology
Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process into a nimble and seamless whole fully integrated process with the downstream and upstream production environment. 
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