While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. But that didn't stop Whirlpool from testing the technology, with re-writable surface tags, to display crucial information about a rack at-a-glance or display errors when something goes wrong.
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Food safety is seen as the single most important issue among manufacturers, and the demands to document information relating to food sourcing, material flow, traceability and more present an ongoing challenge. These complex demands have a real cost, one very critical to bottom-line profitability as major food retailers take on a larger role in controlling.
The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on a 97-1 vote, indicating its overwhelming support in the Senate. The legislation, passed by the House in September, also creates a national system for tracking prescription drugs from manufacturers to retail pharmacies. Final passage sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature could come as early as Wednesday.
With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide.
Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.
If you’ve been in business long enough, you face the problem of legacy computer systems, procedures, and equipment that are no longer up to the task. Unless your business is tiny, it’s hard to justify paper-based systems and manual counting. These are notoriously slow, inefficient, and prone to error.
The software company Open Text is buying cloud-technology provider GXS Group in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $1.17 billion. Open Text, based in Waterloo, Ontario, will pay about $1.07 billion in cash and $100 million of its stock. When the deal closes, part of the cash portion of the purchase price will be used to repay some GXS debt.
Thief River Falls, MN-based Digi-Key Corporation is a global distributor of electronic components, with over $1.5 billion in annual sales. We recently sat down Mark Larson, the company’s president, to get his thoughts on globalization, inventory management and steps that established distributors can take in helping to set themselves apart from the crowd.
Ellison told shareholders at Oracle's annual meeting Thursday that the Redwood Shores, Calif. company is pitching in with other government contractors in an effort to make Healthcare.gov more reliable and secure. He didn't say how many Oracle engineers are addressing the issues that have crippled the website.
Accenture has today announced its intent to acquire PCO Innovation, a systems integration group that specializes in product lifecycle management (PLM) technology. Terms of the agreement were not immediately announced, nor were details as to how the companies will integrate services, facilities and labor forces.
Intelligrated today announced its plans to expand its southern operations, based out of Alpharetta, Ga., into a new 54,000-square-foot facility that will accommodate staff from both Intelligrated and Knighted. The company says the expansion has been planned ahead of expected growth within the region.
Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 188,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs worldwide to fix faulty brake control software that could increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.
The co-CEO of business software maker SAP AG says the company's strong growth in cloud computing remains on track — despite headwinds from a stronger euro. Bill McDermott told the Associated Press on Monday that SAP "is the fastest growing cloud story in the enterprise software world."
If there’s such obvious value in getting customers to interact with your business online, why are so many companies, B2B in particular, still operating in person and over the phone? Maybe they’ve cornered a market. But frankly, betting on past analog strategies to support a company in the current and future digital market virtually guarantees failure along the lines of Blockbuster, Borders, Circuit City, CompUSA and others.
Manufacturers are finding that their markets have changed, caused by both business and consumer-altered demands. Today, the business must adapt to a significantly changed business environment than that which they served a decade ago.
An SAP user since 2006, Purcell Systems found over time that financial reporting from its big ERP system was inefficient, especially as managers began to request more information more quickly. By 2012, the company seriously needed a way to expedite both ad-hoc and standard financial reporting processes.
Adobe Systems Inc. said a cyberattack on its systems has exposed credit-card information of 2.9 million customers. The maker of Photoshop and other software said Thursday that the attacker accessed Adobe customer IDs and passwords on its systems.
Imagine having manufacturing software features like automatic updates, unlimited capacity upgrades, built-in disaster recovery and universal remote access capabilities, among others. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Cloud platforms are already bringing this level of functionality to manufacturing businesses, and without the capital expenditures and lifecycle maintenance costs.
Agricultural business giant Monsanto Co. reported worse-than-expected losses for its fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday, due to lower sales of its genetically engineered seeds.The company forecast for fiscal 2014 also came in below Wall Street expectations, and it revealed plans to buy farming software and data firm The Climate Corporation.
Oracle is trying to ward off a shareholder rebellion against policies that have consistently made its billionaire co-founder, Larry Ellison, one of the best-paid CEOs in the world. Oracle Corp. awarded Ellison a pay package valued at $78.4 million in its last fiscal year, down from $96.2 million the previous year.
Chrysler is recalling more than 142,000 pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide because of software glitches that could affect instrument cluster lighting and braking systems. Around 132,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs and 10,800 Ram pickup trucks from the 2014 model year are affected.
Basic or non-existent e-commerce functionality does not match B2B purchaser preferences according to the hybris 2012 State of B2B E-Commerce study, which indicates that 88 percent of B2B buyers would primarily make business purchases online if given the option.
While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering. As the global business climate has changed, along with many companies’ individual needs, so have the ERP systems that helped them run effectively.
Consider this scenario. Cities and municipalities want to control and monitor street lights remotely to save time, money and manpower. By monitoring the health and condition of street lights remotely, city workers aren't left with the task of checking each light, block by block, in order to identify a maintenance problem.
Ford Motor Co. is acquiring Livio, a Michigan-based company whose software allows drivers to connect with their smartphone applications. Ford's chief technical officer, Paul Mascarenas, said Ford paid less than $10 million for the 11-person startup. Livio will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford.
Insite Software, a leading provider of B2B eCommerce platforms and shipping solutions with more than 950 customers worldwide, today announced it will host a strategy workshop session, “Unleashing Your Future with a B2B eCommerce Strategy,” on Oct. 31 during UnleashWD, the first and only conference dedicated to bringing B2B innovation to the wholesale distribution industry.
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