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mcaConnect Helps Streamline Global Implementation of AX

March 31, 2014 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In addition to bringing a number of new companies into the fold during an acquisition-fueled growth surge, GSE Environmental also saw their infrastructure balloon to include five different, unintegrated ERP systems. The one common trait amongst these platforms was an inefficient way of sharing new or recent data. In most cases GSE was dealing with a 30-day lag time for accessing key data sets.

Appeals Court Allows Meat Labels

March 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                       

Feds, N.Y. Do 2nd Oil Train Inspection Blitz

March 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Mary Esch, Associated Press | News | Comments

The inspection blitz, which generally found only minor and easily correctable defects, is part of a proactive safety effort launched in January after several severe accidents across the U.S. and Canada.         

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Breakfast Food Prices Rising

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

The price of bacon is surging and the cost of other morning staples, like coffee and orange juice, is set to rise because of global supply problems, from drought in Brazil to disease on U.S. pig farms.          

EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly $1.4 billion for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.          

Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                               

Where B2B, E-Commerce And Payments Intersect

March 10, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While B2B and B2C e-commerce buying may share a common shopping and check-out experience, the under-the-hood fundamentals are not the same — the ways that a company might implement the right features in each situation, while generating the highest return on investment (ROI) possible, depends, in many ways, upon those internal functions. And the prospect of making the right B2B decision still stumps many companies.

Job Loss Hangs Over United Tech Talks In Conn.

March 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.         

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Walmart Testing Ultra-Aerodynamic Semi-Trailers

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Walmart today announced a concept semi-trailer truck, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), which is 20 percent more aerodynamic than the company’s current fleet of trucks.                 

Buffett: Rail Tank Cars Need Upgrades

March 3, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Buffett says it's clear that railroad tank cars carrying crude oil need to be updated because oil from certain regions has the potential to be more dangerous than previously thought.              

Visibility, Structure Allow For Quicker Reaction, Improved Customer Service

February 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Microsoft Dynamics | Videos | Comments

When Boa-Franc, a leading North American manufacturer of pre-finished hardwood floors, was looking to enhance its ERP and CRM software, it partnered with Edgewater Fullscope for help with Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM.

Hospitals Coping With Persistent Drug Shortages

February 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

But a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare.                      

Rail Cars For Shipping Oil Deemed 'Unacceptable'

February 27, 2014 7:51 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rail tank cars are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said.                

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Schumer: Oil Train Safety Plan Inadequate For N.Y.

February 26, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The New York Democrat says Wednesday that the agreement announced by the federal Department of Transportation and Association of American Railroads doesn't go far enough to protect upstate communities. Trains pull hundreds of tankers of highly volatile crude oil from North Dakota cross New York daily in a virtual moving pipeline to East Coast refineries.

Rolls-Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

February 26, 2014 11:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company claims that without a bridge and crew support systems, ships would be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel during their trips.                 

'Designing' A Better Lead Time

February 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Reducing lead times in these scenarios can cut millions off the bottom line, but there’s too many concurrent pressures for many to do it effectively, and it's far too easy to get caught up in "chasing a ghost" — a potentially costly and damaging misstep.

Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Keri Dawson, vice president, Industry Solutions and Advisory Services, MetricStream, discusses the importance of establishing and enforcing a compliance program that ensures the quality and safety of food and beverage products.    

AP: Railroads Confront Crude Safety

February 21, 2014 2:27 pm | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.        

Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

February 21, 2014 2:04 pm | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you are a manufacturer or distributor, most likely you use many modes to ship your freight, such as less-than-truckload freight shipping or LTL shipping. If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.

BNSF Seeks To Upgrade Tanker Fleet After Accidents

February 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. says it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents. The Texas-based subsidiary of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. announced the voluntary step Thursday.

MAPI: January Production Down, But Year-Long Outlook Still Good

February 18, 2014 10:20 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

"The Federal Reserve reports that industrial production fell 0.3 percent in January, following 0.3 percent growth in December. The abnormally cold weather caused a 4.1 percent surge in utility production last month."

Europe At Origin Of Chronic U.S. Execution Dilemma

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won't allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.

Study: Manufacturers Will Benefit From Low-Cost U.S. Natural Gas

February 13, 2014 10:59 am | by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) | News | Comments

Low U.S. electricity prices in natural-gas-fired plants, for example, are already encouraging investment in energy-intensive industries such as steel and glass. Not yet visible are the advantages that makers of intermediate products, such as plastic-resin pellets, and makers of finished goods, such as plastic toys and plastic auto parts, will reap from cheaper inputs.

Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

Plan Aims To Elevate Michigan As Logistics Hub

February 12, 2014 11:05 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The newly established Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration, which holds its first meeting Feb. 11, aims to develop a statewide strategy featuring a partnership between government and industry in the pursuit of raising the international profile of Michigan’s logistics capabilities.

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