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In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

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What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

November 27, 2013 7:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be done at home, and patients demanding an increased level of autonomy when it comes to treating their conditions, many devices that were once only operated by skilled, educated technicians or physicians are now in the hands of relatively inexperienced patients.

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The Internet of Things: Brooms Coming to Life

November 27, 2013 7:43 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

In Walt Disney's Fantasia, the fate of the enchanted broom, the tale’s forgotten hero, is a rich allegory with modern flavors. It provides a helpful departing point for a reflection on the surging Internet of Things (IoT).        

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Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

November 26, 2013 8:06 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.  The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses – along with their jobs – head to Mexico. 

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7 Ways Signal Noise Can Impact Your Electrical Equipment

November 26, 2013 7:59 am | by CAS DataLoggers

Have you been having problems with your electrical equipment but haven’t found the cause? For many users it turns out to be a very common, widespread problem called ground loop feedback — an electrical phenomenon which occurs when different electrical circuits are powering a system and its peripherals.

The Criticality Of Effective Supply Chain Management In Times Of Disaster

November 25, 2013 9:29 am | by Jesus Carlos P. Villaseñor, CEO of TransProcure and ADR Intl

The awful disasters that have struck the Philippines in the last few months, the devastating tsunami in Japan, and general violent weather effects have caused Supply Management to plan for continuity of supply down to the third tier of suppliers. 

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Automation: Not Just For The Shop Floor

November 25, 2013 9:05 am | by Tim Haney, Director, Manufacturing Vertical, Information Services Group (ISG)

Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated.  This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them. 

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Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations. 

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Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.

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How Remote Wireless Monitoring Improves Manufacturing Operations

November 20, 2013 10:00 am

New manufacturing techniques, such as M2M, have recently begun to rely on remote wireless monitoring to improve safety and reliability conditions. Gone are the days of maintenance pros climbing ladders or placing their hands in turbines to collect machinery health information — instead, information is sent to a central repository and analyzed by analysts 24/7 so maintenance personnel fix only the equipment that needs attention.

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Profiting With Smart R&D

November 20, 2013 8:51 am | by Keith Nichols, Cambashi

R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs. 

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11 Top Manufacturing Software Areas For Investment

November 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mark Davidson

In response to the rapid ROI that Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications have delivered, it’s not surprising to see organizations planning for additional investments. But the current landscape of manufacturing software applications is vast, and technology decision makers face challenges around where to start.

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Case Study: Streamlining Operations To Support Growth And Gain Competitive Advantage

November 19, 2013 9:21 am | by Deacom, Inc.

The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.

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Start The Holiday Shopping Season Off Right: Buy American On November 19th

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by American Made Matters

To kick-off the holiday shopping season, American Made Matters® has declared November 19, 2013 the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: What are the Risks and How Can Companies Address Them?

November 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity

As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.

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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

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Four Strategies For Tracking Manufacturing Costs

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators

Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?

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It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

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Reducing Current Product Costs — Challenges And Opportunities

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Julie Driscoll, VP of Strategic Marketing & Product Management, aPriori

Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.

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5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

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