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The Cloud: Still A Work In Progress

August 22, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The cloud computing "ecosystem" failed Mat Homan, and his plight should serve to remind individuals and companies that store sensitive data in “the cloud” that the technology (while oozing with upside and potential) remains very much a work in progress.


Imagining The Future Of Lean & Six Sigma, Part 2

August 21, 2012 8:40 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

Now let’s discuss Six Sigma. Six Sigma, too, attacks a very real demon. That bad guy is named “variation.” It is a real and true deficit to our businesses to expend resources, time and energy desperately trying to control outcomes that are continuously changing and unpredictable. The aim of Six Sigma is to control processes well enough that their outcome is always stable and always predictable.


Imagining The Future Of Lean & Six Sigma, Part 1

August 20, 2012 8:40 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions LLC

A friend and colleague asked me a difficult question recently. He queried, “What do you think the future of Six Sigma and Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) will be? Will it continue, or is it a dying idea?” I did my best to offer my personal perspective while caught a little unprepared for such a thought.


Is Your ERP Ready?

August 17, 2012 8:36 am | by Bob Vormittag, CEO and President, VAI

Bolstered by new innovation, ERP has become an even stronger business asset, and this is changing how mid-market customers define successful ERP implementations. Key mid-market industries – such as manufacturing, retail, distribution, food, and services – are eager to harness the power of cloud computing to implement cost-efficient IT solutions that ultimately drive improved bottom-line benefits to their organizations.

From Need-To-Know To Need-To-Share

August 15, 2012 8:36 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

Do you have the right strategy that improves productivity, keeps your corporate information secure, and protects you from liability?

Without Wonder, We Cease To Exist

August 14, 2012 8:12 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D

The United States is a nation of supposed capitalists, but it is easy to be a businessman; we need inventors to take over the capitalist world again.


The Role Of Small Part Innovation

August 13, 2012 8:39 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Manager for the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Bearings & Tolerance Rings Group

Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to iPads and airplanes. Small components – such as bearings and tolerance rings – are integral to successful product development and should be recognized for – and held to – high standards for performance and durability.


Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 2

August 8, 2012 8:40 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

In emergency response planning, the three most important things are training, training, and more training.


Train Everyone, Including The Band, Part 1

August 7, 2012 8:39 am | by Bo Mitchell, CBCP, 911 Consulting

Police and fire officers are not the first responders; they are the official responders. You and your employees are the first responders.


The IP Bogeyman

August 3, 2012 4:16 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Is the IP Bogeyman under your bed, or in plain sight?


Cheaper, Foreign Engineers

August 3, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Rainone, Contributing Editor, PD&D

If foreign engineers are well-educated and less-expensive, does that give these countries a competitive advantage? Not necessarily.


Pushbutton Power

August 1, 2012 8:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

The industry is experiencing a growing need for sensors, switches, and devices that monitor the surrounding environment.


Enhanced Workflow Technologies Allow Closer Management

July 31, 2012 8:40 am | by Mike Schmidt. Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

A good technological solution can make a significant impact on business operations. A great technological solution can transform the way a company does business.


The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Labor

July 30, 2012 8:40 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

A facility full of underpaid and underinsured workers does little to guard the food supply against adulteration.


Google: Made In The USA?

July 27, 2012 10:49 am | by Joel Hans, Editor,

I simply don’t buy the idea that it’s impossible to make electronics in America at a competitive price.


What Happened To Transflective Displays?

July 25, 2012 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Electronic Component News

Like advanced technology vehicles and solid-state lighting, transflective displays entail a higher upfront cost for long-term savings.


In A New Era, Opportunity Arises From Risk Management

July 20, 2012 4:08 pm | by Dennis Omanoff, Seagate senior vice president, Worldwide Supply Chain and Procurement

Aggressively investigating “what if” scenarios for a global supply chain doesn’t just make it less vulnerable to risk.

Disconnected or Connected? That is the Question

July 20, 2012 12:56 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D

It seems like the closer technology intends to bring us together, the farther it actually drives us apart.


The Inside Dirt On Clean In Place

July 17, 2012 8:14 am | by David McCarthy, President & Chief Executive Officer, TriCore Inc.

Let’s face it: Time cleaning your process equipment is time spent not making your product.


Being There

July 13, 2012 8:16 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder,

I’m an enthusiastic user of information automation, but it’s not so interwoven into my life that I would think that “going to the floor” could imply such third-order observation as staring at a computer screen.


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