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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

Siemens Donates $2B in Software to Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics and engineering company Siemens Corp. is donating software worth more than $2 billion to seven Virginia universities and community colleges.                             

Majority of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                              

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Digital Document Workflow Opens Options for Door Maker

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Wacker, Laserfiche | Articles | Comments

This Texas company found itself paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So it turned to technology to provide an answer, securing its reputation for excellence and reliability.          

Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Manufacturing

June 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Why does software integration with hardware matter so much? In a word, money.                                                          

Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone in 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.        

Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.          

Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

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Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.                           

Caster Connection Rolls Out New eCommerce Site

May 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Caster Connection, Inc. | News | Comments

Caster Connection rolled out a new, more client-friendly version of its website in order to better serve current and prospective clients.                                 

How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 9:46 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.                

The Sudden Death of Windows XP

May 20, 2014 9:42 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Strictly speaking, computers running Windows XP didn't die on April 8, 2014; they just became instantly vulnerable to malware, hackers and others who had been kept somewhat at bay by security upgrades from Microsoft.          

China Warns Cyber Charges Could Damage Ties

May 20, 2014 9:37 am | by Joe McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies.                 

German Official Considers Breaking up Google

May 16, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's economy minister says Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."                                

Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

Qualcomm Managers Charged with Insider Trading

May 13, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two former Qualcomm Inc. managers were criminally charged with insider trading for allegedly buying shares of a semiconductor maker before Qualcomm announced an agreement to buy the company.                   

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

New Tool Will Change How Maintenance Teams Communicate

May 12, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Videos | Comments

Fluke has changed how maintenance professionals analyze information, communicate with their team and respond in emergencies with the Fluke Connect system. Last week, IMPO got a sneak peek at the technology.         

Information Superhighway May Become More Of A City Street In Disrepair

May 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

More than 100 Internet companies, including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, sent a letter to the FCC calling for the agency to reject FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's open Internet proposal.          

Eliminating Auto Factory Crashes

May 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Danetta Bramhall, ProSoft Technology | Articles | Comments

Needless to say, having cars crash before they have been completely assembled is not good for the bottom line. That was the problem Autos y Máquinas del Ecuador S.A. was experiencing in its Hyundai/KIA manufacturing plant in Ecuador.      

Data Breaches Are A New Source Of Worry For CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:01 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data.                                  

How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 5, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                             

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