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Energy Logger for Electrical Energy Waste

September 19, 2013 10:00 am | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduces the 1730 Three-Phase Energy Logger, an intuitive, easy-to-use tool with professional-level energy data gathering capabilities.

Cloud Readiness For Logistics Providers

September 3, 2013 9:06 am | by Joe Pampel, Consulting Director, SunGard Availability Services | Articles | Comments

It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.

Top 6 Mobile Apps for Engineers

August 12, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Spero, | Articles | Comments

Engineers of every discipline face new challenges in the modern workplace, whether by keeping pace with rapidly developing technology, or accessing essential software while working in the field. Besides calling on knowledge and experience to get the job done, engineers rely on a host of resources and tools that, thanks to the development of mobile applications, are becoming increasingly accessible from handheld devices.


Why Big Data Is Meaningless

August 12, 2013 9:56 am | by Michael Rothschild, Founder and CEO, Profit Velocity Solutions | Articles | Comments

Vendors, managers and bloggers often cite the benefits of “big data,” though most miss the mark in understanding exactly what it is used for, and how it is analyzed. By itself, big data is just raw material without a focus on bottom-line results.

Manufacturers and Social Collaboration Tools – A Mechanism for Innovation

August 8, 2013 9:23 am | by Sanjay Ravi, managing director of worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft | Articles | Comments

If you’ve been in the manufacturing industry for any length of time, you may have experienced challenges that come along with siloed operating functions. Hopefully, you’ve also seen the value that can be found when we break down the barriers between silos.

MRO Data Key to Unlocking Savings & Efficiency

July 31, 2013 12:00 pm | by IHS | Articles | Comments

Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) groups at many companies are facing a major challenge: toxic MRO master catalogs stuffed with incomplete data on replacement parts, a problem that drives up costs and creates large-scale problems for multiple corporate divisions.

Environmentalists Pan Kansas Coal Plant Provision

July 24, 2013 10:01 am | by JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House removing federal oversight of the project.

Sustaining Market Leadership by Leveraging Business & Manufacturing Intelligence

July 22, 2013 11:36 am | by James Montgomery, Product Manager, Apriso | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers cannot expect to sustain success with traditional decision making when facing today’s unprecedented shifts in markets, demands, technologies and opportunities. To maintain a leadership position and profit margins, companies must respond intelligently to more frequent, drastic and faster changes.


Understanding The Options In Manufacturing eCommerce

July 22, 2013 11:32 am | by Bob Barr, Senior Vice President, Acquity Group | Articles | Comments

With the right eCommerce technology, a manufacturing brand can dramatically improve its online presence, from a basic website to a sophisticated digital resource capable of promoting products, completing orders and performing other function.

The Key to Mobile Success in Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 9:42 am | by Jim Somers, Antenna Software | Articles | Comments

While mobile application adoption in traditional industrial manufacturing corporations has lagged some other industries, many people in manufacturing today have begun to realize the vast potential mobility has to benefit their organization.

Finally, Uniform & Secure Enterprise Data Storage Ideal for Manufacturing

July 17, 2013 4:31 pm | by Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni | Articles | Comments

In a world where manufacturing production is king, capital expenses are laser-focused on tools and equipment, leaving IT to strategically minimize capital investment while delivering enterprise-class IT operations. Data is the nucleus of the business.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge for User & Access Control

July 17, 2013 2:44 pm | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role that is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Preparing to Succeed When Your Network Has Been Breached

July 15, 2013 3:19 pm | by Jeff Multz, Director of North America Midmarket Sales, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

According to the 2013 Verizon Data Breach report, 22 organizations, mainly in manufacturing and professional services, with only one to 100 employees became a victim to cyber espionage last year. And 23 firms, mainly in manufacturing with 101 to 1,000 employees, also were breached.


‘Internet Of Things’ — An Opportunity for Intelligent Device Manufacturers

July 1, 2013 9:37 am | by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy, Flexera Software | Articles | Comments

Opportunity beckons intelligent device manufacturers. They must evolve their products from fixed function and disconnected systems to flexible and seamlessly connected devices. Making products smarter will provide a wide array of benefits.

Five Reasons for Small to Mid-Size Manufacturers to Adopt PLM

June 27, 2013 1:07 pm | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO and Co-founder, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system, companies both large and small, benefit by simplifying and shortening each phase of the product development process. However, deciding whether or not to adopt PLM software has been a challenge for smaller organizations due to a reputation of PLM being difficult to implement.

Minimizing BYOD Risks

May 29, 2013 9:34 am | by Dale Gonzalez, Product Strategist, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

If a company issues and follows good security policies for its desktops and laptops, both are likely to be more secure than any tablet or mobile phone because of the limited actions needed to secure them. Businesses that allow employees to use mobile devices need to be aware of their vulnerabilities.


May 17, 2013 9:24 am | Events

The CHEM SHOW is where professionals involved in the processing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, foods, and other process industries come to find solutions to their process applications. Thousands of CPI professionals that are involved in mixing, blending, heating, cooling, filtering or drying materials come to the CHEM SHOW to see all the latest technologies and innovations being showcased by more than 300 exhibiting companies.

Safety Rules Limited for Small Fertilizer Plants

April 22, 2013 10:09 am | by JACK GILLUM & RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety inspections were rare at the fertilizer company in West, Texas, that exploded and killed at least 14 people this week, though it was authorized to handle up to 54,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia, a substance the Texas environmental agency considers flammable and potentially toxic.

Rugged Computers Enable True Workforce Mobility

April 19, 2013 9:54 am | by Dale Kyle, CEO of Handheld US | Articles | Comments

New and continually improving technological advancements are opening the doors to a mobile future for the global workforce. But until recently, obstacles prevented workplaces from seeing true mobility as more than a future ideal.

Industrial Automation Ripe for Energy Harvesting

April 15, 2013 3:01 pm | by Digi-Key | Articles | Comments

Industrial control is not an obvious application for energy harvesting, although machinery, by its very nature, is an obvious source of energy, ripe for harvesting. Nevertheless, why exploit energy harvesting in a plant or factory environment?

Six Things to Consider Before Implementing an EQMS

April 11, 2013 10:19 am | by Mike Roberts | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: What does quality management software do? From a 30,000 foot view, it helps companies ensure the production and delivery of high quality products and processes. More specifically, though, it streamlines, standardizes, and centralizes cross-functional data from across the value chain.

Q&A: Picking And Implementing A Business Intelligence Tool

April 10, 2013 9:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: With more manufacturers acknowledging the benefits of collecting and analyzing massive amounts of data on both their internal operations and external supply chain, many have turned to business intelligence (BI) software in order to simplify the process.

How to Choose a Manufacturing System

April 8, 2013 4:54 pm | by Jean Huy, senior director of product marketing for ERP, Sage North America | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Sage North America has distilled what they've learned from their many successful customers. The company poses eight useful questions to help determine how ready your company is to adopt a new manufacturing system.

Legacy Automation Systems: Maintain Or Overhaul?

April 8, 2013 4:49 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: There is no shortage of reasons why manufacturers consider addressing the limitations of their legacy automation systems. From increased efficiency to faster production to widespread customization, there is obvious value in overhauling or maintaining aging equipment.

How Flexible Thinking Led Hiawatha Rubber to the Cloud

April 8, 2013 9:28 am | by John Dancoe, Product Manager, Plex Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Minnesota-based Hiawatha Rubber Company has been a leader in the manufacturing of precision rubber parts since 1955. It serves the medical, aerospace, printing and most recently, the waste water treatment industries.

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