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June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

Strong Tours Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder of Listen Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Humans are curious creatures. We like to see how things work, and we want to know what makes things tick — we have a deep-seated desire to make a connection with our environment by understanding the process of creation. That, in part, is what is so appealing about facility tours.

IMTSTV iSpy: Machine Whisperer At [MC]2

June 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by IMTSTV | Videos | Comments

Jake Ervin is the Machine Whisperer, or at least trying to be. He goes to the [MC]2 conference to meet some cool machines but he keeps striking out, they won't talk to him. Will he find a way to talk to the machines? Will he learn that dinner and dancing is not the way to a machine's heart? Will Jake unlock the secret of the MTConnect standard?


Driving Manufacturing Success By Backing Up

June 5, 2013 8:00 am | by Michael Krutikov, Senior Global Marketing Manager, SMB Data Protection, at Symantec | Articles | Comments

Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day. To say that this data is vital would be understating the value of its constant use, and any loss of information could be devastating.

Silicon Valley At Front Line Of Global Cyber War

June 4, 2013 10:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.

Tecnomatix® Software

May 24, 2013 1:58 pm | by Siemens PLM Software | Product Releases | Comments

The latest release, Tecnomatix 11, brings to market the latest in digital manufacturing solutions, which work together to deliver smart, fast, and Lean manufacturing, says the company.

New Gigabit Routers

May 24, 2013 1:55 pm | by Weidmuller | Product Releases | Comments

These are designed to offer secure and reliable communication between Ethernet-based systems as well as higher-level networks, says the company.

X3 Version 11 CMMS

May 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by eMaint Enterprises | Product Releases | Comments

X3 Version 11, next-generation CMMS, features enhancements that enable customers to ramp up their productivity, says the company.


COFE Starter Kit

May 17, 2013 11:03 am | by VARGO | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

COFE, Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise, processes orders within a distribution center using a demand driven waveless approach, says the company.

The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook

May 10, 2013 11:51 am | by Henkel Corporation | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Loctite® Equipment Sourcebook, Volume 9, is an updated 102-page catalog, presenting the complete line of Loctite® dispensing and curing equipment, from simple hand-held devices to fully automated systems.

Customizable Labels

May 3, 2013 4:39 pm | by Graphic Products | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Customizable sample label packets are designed to demonstrate the range of safety and productivity label types offered by the company, compatible with its growing family of mobile, desktop and wide-format thermal transfer printers.

Self-Service Purchasing

May 3, 2013 4:31 pm | by Okuma America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The eStore is open to both distributors and consumers, allowing easy access to products for business use or simply to celebrate the renowned Okuma brand, says the company.

RemoteWatch Solutions

May 3, 2013 4:12 pm | by Invensys | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

RemoteWatch allows users to focus on running and optimizing the plant, while the Invensys solution remotely detects, responds to, and resolves systems issues, says the company.


Michigan Manufacturing International: A New Name, New Web Site

May 1, 2013 2:41 pm | by Michigan Manufacturing International | News | Comments

Michigan Mechanical, a broad line supplier of high-quality mechanical assemblies and components, is pleased to announce the company’s new name: Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI). The new name provides a more accurate description of the company’s services and reflects its global presence.

SmartView Upgrade

April 19, 2013 3:51 pm | by Fluke | Product Releases | Comments

For customers who currently own or will purchase a Ti1XX Series Thermal Imager and CNX modules, there is a free, user-installable firmware upgrade within SmartView® software that enables the thermal imager to capture and display electrical measurements wirelessly.

Mobile Tracking

April 19, 2013 3:47 pm | by Parker Hannifin | Product Releases | Comments

Parker says it is bringing the convenience and accessibility of its Parker Tracking System to end users with the launch of PTS Mobile.

How to Choose A Manufacturing System

April 16, 2013 8:05 am | by Jean Huy, senior director of product marketing for ERP, Sage North America | Articles | Comments

Our experience has taught us that people need more than just product information; they also need other kinds of input to make sound decisions about their accounting and manufacturing software. Use these questions to determine just how ready your company is to adopt a new manufacturing system.

Customer Service & Support

April 12, 2013 2:58 pm | by Intelligrated® | Product Releases | Comments

Intelligrated Customer Service & Support is offering a new Rate Your Operation and Maintenance Program survey, an online assessment tool designed to help operators identify any distribution center inefficiencies and performance gaps.

Antero: Providing Solid CMMS Solutions

April 5, 2013 12:21 pm | by AllMax Software | Product Releases | Comments

Antero version 5 is a user-friendly maintenance data management program that bridges the needs of performance, security, and data governance.

Kaeser Talks Shop

March 29, 2013 1:13 pm | by Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new blog, “Kaeser Talks Shop,” which includes technical articles written by subject matter experts on various compressed air topics.

Trainco Seminars

March 29, 2013 1:05 pm | by American Trainco | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

As a maintenance professional, you know that a key component of any successful maintenance program is great training.

Single Commerce Platform

March 28, 2013 2:33 pm | by hybris | Product Releases | Comments

The update makes hybris the first commerce platform to offer true B2B and B2C omni-channel capabilities on every channel, says the company.

InfinityQS’ Doug Fair To Speak At 2013 ASQ World Conference

March 20, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Fair’s presentation, “Embrace Change to Optimize the Global Supply Chain,” will take place on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and will emphasize the importance of end-to-end supply chain visibility in remaining competitive amidst the evolving global quality landscape.

Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Handbook

March 18, 2013 4:24 pm | by Electro Static Technology | Product Releases | Comments

A new 36-page, color handbook—the AEGIS® Shaft Grounding Ring Motor Repair Handbook—describes best practices for protecting motor bearings from electrical damage.

Data Management

March 18, 2013 4:20 pm | by AllMax Software | Product Releases | Comments

Work order scheduling, real-time data collection, access to historical data–just a glimpse of the extensive capabilities of Antero, the company says.

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