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Shutting The Door On Shodan

January 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

It is easy to look at Shodan as the problem — it provides easy access to the devices connected to the Internet. In reality, however, Shodan simply highlights the security vulnerabilities of many of the devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). The real problem is not that Shodan finds insecure devices, but that so many devices lack real security.

T-Mobile CEO Crashes AT&T Party, Is Thrown Out

January 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile's CEO John Legere is taking his "bad boy" image and feud with AT&T to the next level: he crashed a party thrown by AT&T at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, and was thrown out after being discovered.      

What Aren’t Manufacturers And Customers Telling Each Other?

January 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A few months back, UL released its Product Mindset survey, which takes a dramatically different look at the relationship between manufacturers and consumers. Many manufacturers are aware that they need to continuously develop, produce, and sell products that consumers want, but there seems to be a large disconnect between what manufacturers perceive as consumer demand, and what the case actually is.

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AME Manufacturing Excellence Award Issues Call For Applications

January 6, 2014 1:51 pm | by AME | News | Comments

The AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recognizes North American manufacturing plants that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business operations. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practices, creativity, and innovation.

Local Labor Influence Takes Hit In Boeing Contract

January 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage. The company, the state's governor, and national union leaders all hailed the contract as a vital boost to the region's economy, but to some observers the vote dealt a blow to local union influence.

Setting the Table For Successful Supply Chain Management

January 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Schmitt, Chief Marketing Officer, E2open | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, I’ve watched as globalization, competition and digitalization have forever changed the business landscape. Throw in the fact that current, and potential, customers now have higher expectations, and more buying power, than ever before and you have very little room left for error when it comes to supply chain planning, process management and execution.

A Look At What 2014 May Hold For Small Businesses

January 2, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What stresses small business owners the most? Our conversations with them and the research we come across suggest it's a lack of clarity. Well, there's no small business crystal ball — at least one we are aware of — but if one existed, here's a look at what it might reveal for 2014:

Tool Reconditioning Fits Nicely With Lean Manufacturing

January 2, 2014 11:15 am | by Jim Norton, President of Custom Products & Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Refurbishing or reconditioning services are available that, when done properly, can provide extended service life to these tools by as much as 4x.  Typically, the cost to refurbish a tool is about 75% less than the cost of buying new, and in many cases, the refurbished tool will function as good as (or often better than) a new tool.

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CMMI: Is Your Business Mature Enough?

January 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Unlike other frameworks or standards, CMMI isn’t a compliance exercise, and doesn’t require adherence to a particular methodology, such as Six Sigma or Lean. It’s methodologically agnostic, which means that rather on focusing on how to do something, it focuses on what needs to be done. 

Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 9 & 10

December 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on implications on factories of the future.  

Q&A: Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 8:05 am | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Mitch Carrel talks about the case, what considerations food manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 7 & 8

December 20, 2013 12:24 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). 

The Top 3 Manufacturing Trends For 2014

December 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With the end of the year approaching, manufacturers are looking forward into next year and the trends that matter to them.  Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst with LNS Research, narrows down the list of trends that you should be aware of.

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2014 National Safety Congress & Expo

December 19, 2013 2:29 pm | by The National Safety Council | Events

The NSC Congress & Expo is the world's largest annual "must attend" event for safety, health, and environmental professionals, designed to build awareness of the tools available to you and your organization as you continue down the path to safety excellence.

Design, Manufacturing, and Automation

December 19, 2013 2:21 pm | by Design & Manufacturing Midwest | Events

Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends in packaging as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing & automation challenges.

Manufacturing Newswire: Price Fixing, Tech Trends & NASA’s Superhero Robot

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss scandals facing some big businesses, as well as major updates from GM and Ford. We’ll also talk to LNS Research about 2014 tech trends in manufacturing, and take a look at NASA’s superhero robot.

Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 5 & 6

December 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on implications on B2B commerce networks and smart services.  

A Manufacturing Tax Write-Off Hangs in the Balance… Or Does It?

December 18, 2013 9:20 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Time is technically running out for manufacturers to write off sizable sums for equipment purchased in 2013 as a tax rule hangs between its Dec. 31 expiration date and congressional action on the matter. The rule in question, Section 179, has been through many incarnations.

Manufacturing Costs: 9 Considerations To Make Before Taking Your Idea From Prototype To Production

December 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Cindy Glass, Investment Professional | Articles | Comments

Easy access to design software, 3D printers, and crowdfunding has changed the game for anyone with a great sketch on a napkin wanting to make a serious go of a product idea. But what does it mean to take that awesome prototype into production? Step one: Pull out your cash-flow statement.

Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 1 & 2

December 17, 2013 10:36 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on information technology and trends.             

How Toyota Saves 61 Million Gallons Of Water Annually

December 17, 2013 10:03 am | by Toyota Motor Corporation | News | Comments

Plant processes, such as painting vehicles, require very pure H20.  Typically 25 percent of the water coming into a facility doesn’t make the cut. But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants. 

What Industry Can Learn From Retailers

December 17, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Tobias, Vice President of Web Products, ExactTarget | Articles | Comments

Recently, smart marketers from other industries such as restaurants, suppliers and consumer brands have started embracing personalizing interactions for their customers. These marketers are incorporating the fundamentals used in retail today to increase engagement and revenue. Marketers across all industries need to incorporate these retail strategies to optimize customer interactions to build brand loyalty and drive sales.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.                        

Common Mistakes With Process Control Upgrades

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marc L. Hunter, Vice President, Synergy Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

More and more manufacturers are upgrading control systems primarily to fight the battle of equipment obsolescence, rather than taking the opportunity to invest in upgrades, in order to gain more productive years out of major capital assets. There has been a noticeable trend in projects that are successful in achieving just hardware replacement, and those projects that leave the manufacturing process with more intelligence and flexibility.

Q&A: Get More And Better Data

December 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality.

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