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October 8, 2014 1:27 pm
Sundar Kamakshisundaram
As supply chains have become more complex and more global, just knowing your tier one and tier two suppliers no longer cuts it. To effectively manage risk, you need to know your suppliers’ suppliers — and even the suppliers supplying them. And more important, you must move from anticipating risk to proactively predicting it. 
October 7, 2014 9:31 am
Steve Wooledge
Manufacturers have traditionally been very successful in increasing the efficiency and quality of their production processes using lean and Six Sigma programs. However, they are finding that relying on those methods is not enough for them to stay competitive.
October 6, 2014 9:38 am
Fred Thomas
A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.
October 2, 2014 4:53 pm
Sean Riley
As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             
October 2, 2014 11:01 am
Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety
The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 
October 2, 2014 1:51 pm
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
September 30, 2014 4:51 pm
Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  
September 30, 2014 1:44 pm
Dan McGrath
Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  
September 30, 2014 10:27 am
Clay Calk
To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         
September 29, 2014 2:29 pm
Joe Alphonse
To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     
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