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