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Why Cloud Manufacturing Software Adoption Rates Are Rising

October 3, 2013 9:47 am | by Mark Davidson | Articles | Comments

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.

hybris Survey: E-Commerce Potential High For Motors And Power Transmission

October 1, 2013 1:21 pm | News | Comments

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.

Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

September 25, 2013 12:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.


Insite Software Workshop Gives Distributors An Action Plan

September 24, 2013 5:27 pm | News | Comments

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.

FTA Announces Agreement To Strengthen 'Buy America' Program

September 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by U.S. Department of Transportation | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products, such as rolling stock and other steel and iron components that comply with FTA’s “Buy America” rules.

Antonio Rodrigues: Logistics Systems For Fast Moving Consumer Goods

September 24, 2013 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

On today’s episode, we take a look into the logistic systems for rapid moving consumer goods. Helping to guide our conversation is Antonio Rodrigues, the U.S. Director of Sales for Pcdata Inc. Pcdata is the global market leader in logistics systems for industrial bakeries, and the partner of choice for clients in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

How To Find Success With Mobile Solutions

September 20, 2013 10:06 am | by Mikael Nilebacke, Managing Director, Erisma Technologies | Articles | Comments

Mobile solutions, i.e. software for PDAs and smartphones, have an enormous potential to improve efficiency and save big money for companies that today rely on time-consuming paper-based solutions. However, the transition from paper-based/manual/traditional solutions to advanced mobile solutions is filled with pitfalls.

Technology For A Smarter Food Supply Chain

September 20, 2013 8:36 am | by Diane Palmquist, VP of Industry Solutions, GT Nexus | Articles | Comments

Food companies are tasked with managing the growing complexity on both sides of the business — in the supply chain and in delivery to consumers. The web and cloud technology are playing a major role in this transformation.      


The Sweeping Transformation Of Manufacturing

September 17, 2013 8:26 am | by Beth Ambaruch, Director Corporate Communications, PTC | Articles | Comments

Whether we like it or not, globalization has been a major factor in the staying power of many manufacturers. The practice of scattering production, jobs and plants across the globe has delivered great benefits to the consumer and the manufacturer.   

Judge Refuses To Block New Meat Labeling Rules

September 12, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to block new rules that require the meat industry to include specific information about the origin of their products on labels. But industry groups say they'll continue fighting.The new rules took effect in May.    

How Much Do Your Groceries Cost?

September 12, 2013 11:02 am | by Doug Wallace, CPIM, Life Cycle Engineering | Blogs | Comments

About once a year (usually during the Christmas holiday) we also delve into the depths of the dry goods cabinets, tossing some of the stuff that hasn’t moved, and restocking everything else neatly according to item, shape, size etc. If we’re lucky, the fruits of those labors might last until New Year’s Day. So why do I tell you all this, and what does it have to do with inventory?

5 Quick Questions: What Is BRIC Deceleration?

September 11, 2013 9:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, ABM Manufacturing Group | Articles | Comments

For quite some time the subset of countries known as the BRICs have been the primary targets of U.S. manufacturers looking for either less expensive production settings or a new market in which to grow. I recently sat down with Kishore Rao, principal and lead consulting partner for the Emerging Markets practice at Deloitte Consulting LLC to discuss their continued impact, and possible replacements.

hybris Announces Schedule And Lineup For Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum

September 5, 2013 1:41 pm | by hybris | News | Comments

hybris today announced the full schedule and speaker lineup for the Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum, being held in Chicago, IL from Oct. 8 – 9, 2013. Game Plan is an open forum where manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution executives gain insight from thought leaders and industry peers about their experiences in developing e-commerce strategies for customer demands.


The Days of Squeezing Suppliers Are Over

September 5, 2013 11:36 am | by Diane Palmquist, Vice President of Manufacturing Industry Solutions, GT Nexus | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers recognize the cost associated with a supplier failure. The repercussions impact the entire supply network like an immediate domino effect where nobody wins. When a supplier fails, there is also the added cost of changing out or replacing the pieces being supplied. When you consider the impact across the business, all three departments need to recognize the urgency to partner with suppliers.

ISM: Manufacturing Hits A High Note

September 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the third consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 51st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

U.S. Sugar Producers Receive Good News From Mexico

August 29, 2013 11:14 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about low sugar prices, dry growing conditions, discolored product and a bloated North American market due in large part to Mexican exports had American Crystal Sugar Co. officials reeling in recent weeks. But CEO David Berg told employees this week on the company blog about plans by Mexico's soft drink industry to buy more of its own cane sugar.

Infor Reinforces Analytics, Mobility For EAM

August 29, 2013 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Infor has recently announced its Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Analytics suite, which is designed to help companies get better business intelligence (BI) and data visualization. By using Infor BI 10x as a foundation, users can more easily mine data and examine trends to help make more accurate decisions about the future of their business.

Shell Seeks Ethane For Proposed Pa. Cracker Plant

August 28, 2013 9:18 am | News | Comments

Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013. Shell is still a year or more away from making a final decision on whether to build the multi-billion dollar plant at an industrial site about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The ‘One-To-Many’ Supply Chain

August 27, 2013 3:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

With more globalized supply chains and the trend of working with more and more third parties, it’s critical that manufacturers keep a strong hold on the flow of materials from one location to the next. This is even more important in the automotive world, famous for using a dizzying number of suppliers to make even the smallest components of a vehicle.

Study: 66 Pct. Of Warehouses To Invest In Technology By 2018

August 20, 2013 11:40 am | by Motorola Solutions, Inc. | News | Comments

Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, today announced the results of a research study that details shifts in the plans of warehouse professionals across several industries as they respond to new opportunities in the market and mounting pressures inside their organizations.

Manufacturing Revival Radio: Balancing Safety, Profitability And The Supply Chain

August 14, 2013 4:25 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

We're very excited to invite Will Pape, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of TraceGains, to the show. TraceGains assist food and beverage manufacturers in ensuring that their raw ingredients are compliant with their specifications and that the supporting documentation for the ingredients are in order. As you listen to today’s episode it will quickly become apparent how TraceGains’ services can be vitally important to food and beverage manufacturers.

Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

August 14, 2013 9:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Maker's Row is directly in the middle of what could very well become a new era in American manufacturing, in which the boutique rules, and where manufacturing is within reach for essentially anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. It could truly change the financial outlook of many smaller contract manufacturers, and enable a whole new generation of “makers.”

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In June

August 13, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 5.8 percent from May and down 5.7 percent when compared with the total of $452.75 million reported for June 2012.

Better B2B E-Commerce: Misconceptions, Missed Opportunities

August 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Even in the B2B world, that landscape is changing. Because more procurement people — and manufacturing professionals on the whole — are increasingly familiar with simple and elegant B2C e-commerce online, they’re starting to bring some of those demands into their acquisition process.

5 Quick Questions With South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt

August 12, 2013 9:25 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, ABM Manufacturing Group | Boeing | Articles | Comments

The bottom line is this: We run a customizable state. We don’t attempt to steer companies or campaign for business plans that benefit our state over the business. We look for strong companies, provide them the resources they need, and let them conduct business as they see fit. We make sure South Carolina is just right for all of our companies, and it works. In South Carolina, business is part of the culture.

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