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Must-Have ERP Features For The Automotive Industry

February 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Plex | Articles | Comments

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.

Microsoft CEO: 'Mobile First, Cloud First'

February 6, 2014 2:23 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company must figure out how to thrive in a mobile and cloud based world.                                       

Feds To Decide On Car-To-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 1:40 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety.

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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 | Articles | Comments

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.

The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN | Videos | Comments

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

IBM To Invest Over $1.2B In Cloud Services

January 17, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The computing services company said Friday that it will build 15 data centers around the world this year to add to the 12 it already operates and the 13 it recently acquired through its $2 billion purchase of cloud computing company SoftLayer last year.

Getting The Most Out Of Scarce Production Resources

January 17, 2014 8:33 am | by Hernan J. Clarke, president and CEO, 4Sight Technologies | Articles | Comments

Resource optimization software can not only help to adapt more efficiently to these resource constraints, but it can also minimize idle time, anticipate parts shortages, free up labor and equipment to be shifted among tasks, and otherwise get the most out of your labor and capital. 

Google Builds A 'Nest' For Future Of Smart Homes

January 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation. This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs.

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Harnessing Big Data With A Systems Thinking Approach

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by Tom Kadala, Founder and CEO of Alternative Technology Corporation | Articles | Comments

With 90 percent of the world’s data created in the last two years, what can we expect our data vaults to hold two or even twenty years from now? Companies who are hiring data scientists with the hopes of harnessing big data and data analytics' mythical promises are potentially making a huge mistake.

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.

RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 20, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.

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.  

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.             

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Google Deal Adds To Company's Robotics Toolbox

December 17, 2013 10:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier.                       

Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.  The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.

Separating Plant Network From Enterprise Network Improves Operational Performance

December 3, 2013 9:17 am | by Belden Inc. | Articles | Comments

Network strategies and objectives differ depending on the job. The IT department must place data integrity first. On the other hand, JIT production facilities live and die by keeping manufacturing lines up and running in order to meet production quantity, quality and delivery driven by electronic order requests sent by the customer. By maintaining separate networks, each group can operate at optimum potential.

Planes Could Allow Cellphone Use During Flights

November 25, 2013 2:55 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Not all passengers and airline staffers are happy that cellphone use has become an option on planes after a proposed FCC rule change would allow it.                  

11 Top Manufacturing Software Areas For Investment

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

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.

Bentley Announces Two New Software Products

October 31, 2013 5:00 pm | by Ron Kuhfeld, Bentley Systems, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced two new commercial products - SELECT Open Access and MANAGEservices.  

Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 30, 2013 8:49 am | Articles | Comments

As the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment changes warehousing operations, the manufacturing industry is using new technology to address the formidable warehousing challenges that must be overcome.           

Exciting Plans For IMTS

October 4, 2013 4:58 pm | by IMTS Exhibitions Department | News | Comments

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

Bentley Extends SAC's Leadership With Acquisition Of MOSES

October 3, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bentley Systems | News | Comments

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced that it has acquired the MOSES software business from Ultramarine, Inc. Used around the world, MOSES is a premier analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures.

Chrysler Recalling 142,000 Pickups, SUVs

October 3, 2013 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.

Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 2, 2013 2:16 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Wearable technologies have long been a sideshow to mainstream laptop and smartphones, but this year Google's glasses and rumors of Apple's iWatch are popularizing the field. Analysts forecast swift growth. Last year the market for wearable technology — encompassing everything from hearing aids to wristband pedometers — totaled almost $9 billion. That should climb to $30 billion by 2018, said analyst Shane Walker at IHS Global Insights.

Portable 2-Way Radio

September 27, 2013 3:48 pm | by Ritron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The PT-150M is a professional-grade license-free portable 2-way radio that operates in the VHF MURS frequency band.

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