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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.                                   

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.          

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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.                  

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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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Building The Industrial Cloud

April 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Moxa America | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things is big news in heavy industries like the energy and power industries, shipping, and transportation. For these companies, the benefits are great — the only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work.     

Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

Certified Pre-Owned Mobile Computers

April 22, 2014 9:37 am | by Carlton Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Motorola MC7598 is a rugged mobile computer that delivers high performance voice and data services on CDMA networks anywhere in the world.

Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:09 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.               

Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.         

Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

3D Robotics Works To 'Demilitarize' Drones

March 27, 2014 10:10 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

3D Robotics CEO and Co-Founder Chris Anderson shows off the Iris, an insect-like drone that's rigged with a leveling arm for a GoPro camera.                               

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 2:20 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people.       

Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.                 

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