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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.      

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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.                             

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.

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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.                    

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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.                 

Apple's System To Create Smartcars

March 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Apple just unveiled CarPlay, billed as a "smarter, safer" way for drivers to use iPhones. Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what Apple's competition is bringing to the table.        

Manufacturing Operations Management: Identifying The Best Solution Approaches

March 4, 2014 8:43 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In the 2013-2014 LNS Research MOM survey, approximately 325 manufacturing professionals shared their preferences on how they leverage internal resources, systems integrators and consultants, and software suppliers to support their manufacturing improvement initiatives.

Germany: No Spy Deal With U.S.

February 28, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German government is conceding that it doesn't expect to reach agreement with Washington in the foreseeable future on a hoped-for "no-spy" deal.                              

Mclaren 12C: Near-Perfect Supercar

February 28, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The McLaren 12C Spyder provides roaring excitement that's easy to live with... at a price.                                             

BlackBerry's Turnaround Strategy

February 27, 2014 2:21 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

BlackBerry CEO John Chen talks about the need for the struggling phone maker to keep enterprise customers.                                         

A Look At The World's First Secure Smartphone

February 26, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

New cutting-edge technology could help you reclaim the security of your smartphone. Chip Reid reports on the Blackphone, which runs on a customized operating system that is entirely encrypted.                 

Samsung's New Products In 90 Seconds

February 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Here's the first look at Samsung's new products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Gear 2 and the more innovative Gear Fit, which combines the functionality of the Gear with biometrics and a curved touchscreen.          

5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

February 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.

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