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Why ERP Doesn’t Work, And Steps To Fix The Problem

February 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology

While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality. 

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Manufacturing Economic Environment Is A ‘Concern’

February 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry, and how those challenges might be overcome.

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Must-Have ERP Features For The Automotive Industry

February 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Plex

Automotive OEMs and parts manufacturers are fighting for survival in an increasingly more competitive global economy. As large companies spin off parts of the whole and smaller companies are acquired by more substantial players in the industry, they share one common goal — streamlined, efficient operations that maximize profitability.

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ISM: Extreme Weather Cools Down Manufacturing

February 6, 2014 2:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 5, 2014 9:23 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the outsourcing strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession. In some cases, it has proven to be a good move. In some cases it has proven disastrous.

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On Chrysler’s Dismissals, Shaky U.S. Credibility

February 5, 2014 9:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.

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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

February 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.           

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Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 4, 2014 9:22 am | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.

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Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

February 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.    

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What Does 3D Printing Mean For ERP?

February 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Antony Bourne, Global Manufacturing Industry Director, IFS

How do you accommodate 3D printing from a business management standpoint within an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application? Here are a few insights.                           

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The Basics Of Internal Auditing

January 31, 2014 9:13 am | by Karen Spencer, Quality Manager, Clinkenbeard, Inc.

Normally companies will have a schedule that is written to audit their entire quality system on an annual basis. Usually the Quality Manager or Engineer is responsible for creating this schedule. The schedule consists of the elements of the standard to be audited, who will be auditing, and when the results are due.

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Clearing Up The Top Hazard Communication Misconceptions

January 31, 2014 9:08 am | by Cintas Corporation

“With the HazCom standard’s GHS training requirement now in effect and the New Year in full swing, many organizations are scrambling to train workers and determine what requirements they will face next, while others still are unclear if GHS applies to their business,” said Tom Lally, Director of Training and Compliance, Cintas.

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Power Quality Problems Plague Manufacturing’s Push For Productivity

January 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt

Power is the lifeblood of manufacturing. However, the integration of sensitive electronics into most logic assemblies has made the circuitry (and therefore productivity) of the equipment that drives industrial automation much more susceptible to power quality fluctuations.

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Solving The Production Puzzle To Improve Your Bottom Line

January 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Every day, plant planners are expected to solve extremely complex puzzles – which operation will run on which line, how many of each part needs to be produced, how will each step happen at the right time – and they often lack the proper tools to do the job.

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Taking Control Of Energy

January 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE

Over the past generation, energy has been a defining issue of our economy. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on corporate profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets are a common source of worry for corporate leaders who have to manage energy supplies.

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Q&A: Doing Manufacturing And Construction 'Right This Time'

January 28, 2014 9:24 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

DIRTT, which was founded in 2004 and is based out of its headquarters in Calgary, AB, Canada, aims to do nothing less than change the methods of conventional construction. The company is offering its customers the ability to design, specify, price, manufacture, and deliver on new construction in a modular fashion that they claim is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and less susceptible to human error.

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Three Keys To Sound Marketing Plans For Your Manufacturing Business

January 27, 2014 10:15 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing

How effectively are you marketing your manufacturing business? How are you integrating marketing principles into your business strategy to not only keep existing customers walking through the door, but attract new ones as well? Are you marketing your business at all?

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Engineering Services Market Heading Abroad

January 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Previously, IMPO has covered the reshoring and nearshoring trends that are bringing jobs back to the U.S. and bordering countries. These trends are prevalent in the manufacturing production sector, as companies are finding the increasing costs of doing business abroad a deterrent to outsourcing. But according to the Information Services Group (ISG), this trend is not the same for engineering services.

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How Lean Do You Really Want To Be?

January 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Tom McNamara and Erika Masillac

Just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, little to no inventory, outsourcing, sole sourcing — all of these “lean” concepts have been at the heart of operations management for years now. But more and more companies are starting to ask themselves a simple question; Just how lean do we really want to be?

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Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 24, 2014 9:09 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs.

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