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Looking At Trends In Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries—vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not...

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Manufacturing Predictions for 2015: Q&A With Dan Miklovic

December 22, 2014 4:23 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

What can we expect for manufacturing in 2015? Editorial Director Jeff Reinke sat down with Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research. From an IT perspective, what will be the biggest trend impacting the investments manufacturers make in 2015? In 2015, Big Data will be incredibly significant within...

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Chemical Manufacturing Looked Up In 2014

December 22, 2014 3:45 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

If 2014 could be summed up in one word for American chemical manufacturers, it would be—momentum. According to American Chemistry Council’s “Year-End 2014 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook,” chemistry output expanded in the last year, despite weakness in key markets and...

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After Reshoring: Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 1:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide...

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Savvy Row: A Better Suit For Fighting Ebola

December 22, 2014 10:12 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. The suit was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., that included students, engineers, medical and public health specialists, an architect, and even fashion...

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Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Comments

Leveraging Big Data to predict downtime on the manufacturing floor is something we’ve been spending a lot of time on in our labs. In reality, interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation...

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Realities Of IL Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region. However, he also understands many of the benefits that numerous global companies have realized in opening new...

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CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, But Growth Is Slowing

December 18, 2014 2:13 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row. In its annual, “Trends in Global CO2 Emissions,” PBL Netherlands...

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6 Critical Considerations Before Moving APM Data To The Cloud

December 18, 2014 1:36 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Comments

At LNS Research, we have spoken extensively in the past about the relevance of the Cloud to all aspects of manufacturing, including Asset Performance Management (APM). There is no denying that Cloud technology is radically transforming the way enterprises collect and analyze the...

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2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 17, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

What will be the biggest trends manufacturing trends for 2015? Manufacturing.net sat down with Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation to discuss the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and...

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Speeding Time To Implement MES With A Configurable Approach

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | by Greg Goodwin | Comments

Today, not only are many manufacturers across industries dealing with a greater number of operational challenges than in the past, but the rate at which those challenges need to be addressed is increasing as well. This is due to a number of factors like growing customer demands for a greater variety of...

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ASQ Survey: Manufacturers' Outlook Positive For 2015, Anticipate Continued Revenue Growth

December 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by ASQ | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly positive as 2014 comes to a close, with 83 percent expecting revenue growth next year, up from 64 percent of manufacturers who anticipated growth in 2014, according to results of the ASQ 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey. And their positivity is well earned...

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How Many American Homes Can Boeing's New Jet Power?

December 16, 2014 9:36 am | by GE Reports | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has democratized the passenger deck and allowed anyone to binge on Big Bang...

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 2:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Comments

For manufacturers, as in many industries, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers. But these same forces...

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Volatility Index Underscores Need For Supply Chain Risk Management

December 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Stephane Crosnier, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy--Operations | Comments

VIX, the index used by The Chicago Board Options Exchange to calculate anticipated market volatility, recently dipped after hitting a nearly three-year high in the fall. Given recent news headlines, the triggers that prompted the index spike are relatively easy to imagine – war in the Middle East, the European...

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Six Key Predictions For Manufacturing In 2015

December 15, 2014 10:02 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Comments

The face of manufacturing in America has undergone more woeful changes than many of us in the industry care to remember. The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing...

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A Global Path Forward For Small, Medium-sized U.S. Manufacturers

December 12, 2014 1:41 pm | by Dr. Eugene Laney, Head of International Trade Affairs | Comments

The most recent push to boost U.S. exports has been underway since 2010, when the International Trade Administration’s National Export Initiative (NEI) was unveiled.Since its launch, the NEI has helped thousands of businesses enter the international trade arena, and the U.S. has seen a steady growth in total...

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Design For Manufacture: Better Information, Better Pricing

December 12, 2014 12:47 pm | by Kevin J. Dailida, Senior Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Dynisco | Comments

As business competition intensifies worldwide, it becomes ever more challenging to improve gross margins and operating profits.  Because the Internet provides the ability to obtain comparative pricing on a global basis, supply chain organizations (SCOs) are increasingly pressured to pinpoint the best supplier options...

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Top 5 Trends For Plastic Manufacturers In 2015

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by David Nelson, President of Nel Pretech Corporation | Comments

It’s been a solid year for U.S. manufacturing. For the first time in decades, we have seen a swing in our direction as jobs have returned and customers have made their preference for American-made goods known. Manufacturing technology is improving, methods are becoming more refined...

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

December 12, 2014 9:54 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security. Privacy...

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Go Lean In 2015: No Manufacturer Is Too Small To Benefit

December 11, 2014 4:55 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Comments

To many small manufacturers, lean manufacturing is something that companies the size of Toyota or Boeing implement. And many small manufacturers that do adopt lean practices do so at a tactical level. Don’t be one of those companies. If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of...

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