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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.

2013 CHEM SHOW

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.

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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, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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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.

Virtualization In Manufacturing

April 8, 2013 9:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Frank Hill, director of manufacturing business development at Stratus Technologies, discusses virtualization. Hill explains what it is, how virtualization can help manufacturers take advantage of the processing power they may already have and how to mitigate some of the risk facing companies every day.

Pipeline Scheduling Software

March 20, 2013 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Technology Inc. has acquired Pipeline Scheduling System (“PSS”) and Dock Scheduling System (“DSS”) software from Refining Advantage Inc.

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Are You Ready for a Mobile-Centric World?

February 28, 2013 10:34 am | Blogs | Comments

These five practices will help you augment your current marketing strategy by being prepared for success in an increasingly device- and context-ready world.

Searching for Seamless Integration?

February 21, 2013 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens announces the latest version of the Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portal, which now gives users the ability to commission and configure Sinamics G120 drives using Sinamics Startdrive.

Hammond Reduces IT Costs 39%

February 17, 2013 6:28 pm | by industrygal | Videos | Comments

In this video, Ray Rex, President of Hammond's HALOX Division, and Gerry Kaoukis, Hammond's IT Director, discuss their formula for reducing IT costs by 39%, reducing document management costs by 80%, improving service levels, increasing cross sell opportunities, and empowering their customers.

Motors that Are Geared Toward Efficiency

February 13, 2013 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens introduces Simogear, its new geared motor series that features helical, parallel shaft and helical bevel gear unit types with integral high-efficient and NEMA Premium® efficient motors.

How to Solve Food Manufacturers’ Top Three Concerns

February 12, 2013 10:41 am | by ROBERT LOCKARD, Copywriter, Fishbowl | Blogs | Comments

With uncertainty looming, cost control and labor issues fall just behind food safety as top manufacturing concerns. So how do you ease the worry over these issues?

Is Technology a Job Killer? A Few History Lessons

February 12, 2013 9:20 am | by BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

To workers being pushed out of jobs by today's technology, history has a message: You're not the first.

Enabling the Digital Plant

February 4, 2013 10:40 am | by DAN O’BRIEN, Global Leader, Collaborative Manufacturing, Honeywell Process Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Vertical markets across the process industries compete in an increasingly rigorous environment marked by tighter regulation, growing margin pressures and an aging workforce.

Data Acquisition Stations

February 1, 2013 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GX and GP data acquisition stations and GA10 software are the first members of Yokogawa’s all-new SMARTDAC+ product family that incorporates Smart User Interface, Smart Architecture and Smart Functionality design principles.

Robust Industrial Box Computers

January 25, 2013 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&R Automation’s robust and reliable Automation PC 910 features the newest third-generation Intel® Core™ i technology.

Purchase Mobile Computers Wisely

January 23, 2013 10:46 am | by JERKER HELLSTROM, CEO, Handheld Group | Blogs | Comments

Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time.

Wireless Thermocouple Modules

January 18, 2013 10:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduces the OM-WLS-TC eight-channel wireless thermocouple input module as a solution that supports thermocouple types J, K, T, E,N, R, S and B.

The Skinny on Lean Manufacturing

January 10, 2013 10:28 am | by FRANK HILL, Director of Manufacturing Business Development, Stratus Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Lean manufacturing ... While you may think you have strategies in place to make you more efficient, you may be missing a big part of the picture.

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