Recent Articles

November 21, 2014 12:07 pm
Steve Chalgren
Smart appliances and integrated products depend not only on ideation and generation but also component innovation — better, faster, lighter, and connected are the new rules of the game. Manufacturers who take the lead in developing these products need a way to be as smart as the homes they are helping to build.
November 18, 2014 4:34 pm
Mike Collins
American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.
November 18, 2014 11:54 am
Mark Adair
In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?     
November 17, 2014 12:35 pm
Steve Erickson
The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     
November 14, 2014 9:37 am
Kirill Storch
While businesses already leverage smartphones for communication, companies are only now understanding the power of intra-company smartphone APPs as a mission-critical Mobile Process Improvement (MPI) asset that can actually drive productivity, enhance competitiveness and maximize revenue.
November 12, 2014 1:03 pm
Paul Noël
While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.
November 11, 2014 12:09 pm
Danielle Iera
Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           
November 10, 2014 11:56 am
Katie Hilyar
Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 
November 7, 2014 11:38 am
Josh Roffman
With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment. 
November 7, 2014 10:36 am
Laura Rokohl
Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.
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