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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.

Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

August 9, 2013 3:37 pm | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards.

China Fines 6 Milk Suppliers In Price-Fixing Probe

August 7, 2013 8:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The investigation reflected intensifying scrutiny of business under China's 5-year-old anti-monopoly law. Most targets so far have been foreign-owned. It was carried out against the backdrop of Chinese probes of possible bribery and other misconduct by global suppliers of pharmaceuticals and other products.

ISM: Manufacturing Surges Ahead

August 5, 2013 4:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector is at its highest levels since June 2011, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business. The PMI registered 55.4 percent, an increase of 4.5 percentage points from June’s reading of 50.9 percent. June’s PMI reading, the highest of the year, indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector for the second consecutive month.

E2open Acquires icon-scm In $34M Deal

August 5, 2013 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Foster City, Calif.-based E2open has announced its recent acquisition if icon-scm, a provider of supply chain planning and collaboration technologies, in a transaction valued at approximately $34 million. E2open hopes to expand its market opportunity and accelerate its product roadmap with the recent deal.


Survey Reveals Plastics Manufacturing Customers' Top Priorities

August 1, 2013 11:25 am | by Andrew Hoehn, Ray Products | Articles | Comments

"When we got the results back, we weren't surprised to see these attributes at the top of the list," said Brian Ray, president of Ray Products. "Lots of things have changed in our industry since my grandfather founded our company in 1949. But I'll bet that if he had given his customers the same survey back then, those same three attributes would be at the top of the list."

Wrapped Around Innovation

August 1, 2013 9:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Major innovations in the stretch wrapping equipment industry can be traced back to Lantech — including the first stretch wrapper, the first automatic stretch wrapper, and the first horizontal wrapper. Lantech currently holds 360 patents, and its patent rate “is at its highest rate it’s ever been on an annual basis.”

Playing ‘The Game’ Of U.S. Clothing Manufacturing

July 31, 2013 11:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

The Game, founded in 1986 by Neil Stillwell, owns manufacturing operations in Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, and sourced a great deal of product from China and Vietnam. Amid a noticeable demand for a home-grown product, they decided to reconsider the cost picture of producing goods locally.

Nissan Building Park For Suppliers At Miss. Plant

July 31, 2013 7:35 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Phil Bryant and Nissan officials spoke Tuesday during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday near Canton. The manufacturing plant opened in 2003 and is about 15 miles north of Jackson, facing Interstate 55. The new supplier park will not be visible from the interstate.

Top 5 Quality Metrics For The Plant Manager’s Dashboard

July 30, 2013 9:28 am | by Mike Roberts, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

If you are involved in quality and operations decisions for manufacturing or supply-chain management, one of your most important responsibilities is to ensure that the final output of your plant is in compliance with internal and external quality standards. This is not as easy as it sounds.

Group Accuses Apple Supplier Of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 3:09 am | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron Corp., a Taiwanese company.

Survey: Many Struggling To Comply WIth SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule

July 18, 2013 9:47 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

The survey found that almost half of the nearly 900 executives surveyed are still in the initial stages of their compliance efforts, while 16 percent have not yet begun gathering information, and 32 percent are still determining if the rule even applies to them.

Q&A: Why Implement Enterprise Asset Management?

July 17, 2013 9:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Enterprise asset management, as a solution, is designed to protect and prolong the assets in an organization. To make sure the people and the materials that need to be in place to make that happen, are working in concert with each other, to make sure the assets are working the way they’re supposed to. Disrupts Shipping Industry With Name Your Price Shipping

July 16, 2013 4:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With the launch of, a web-based shipping platform, small business owners and shipping personnel who feel they pay high prices for shipping with freight carriers, are now empowered to save time and money. Using paradigm shifting technology, first embraced by the travel industry, OneMorePallet introduces Name Your Price Shipping™.

Purchasing Parts Vs. Buying Into A Strategy

July 12, 2013 2:12 pm | by Bill Michels, CPSM, C.P.M., ADR North America | Articles | Comments

The old days of “write a specification, collect bids, and pick the low one” are long gone. Your suppliers are now an extension of your company. This is especially true in manufacturing. For instance, there are companies that will manage all your maintenance and repair parts within your own facility.

Meat Groups Sue USDA Over Meat Labeling Rule

July 10, 2013 7:37 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Requiring meat labels to have more details about a product's origins is too costly and serves no public health or safety benefit, industry groups said Tuesday in announcing a lawsuit against U.S. Department of Agriculture over new labeling rules.   

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 13.6 Pct. In May

July 9, 2013 11:14 am | by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 13.6 percent from April but down 7.6 percent when compared with the total of $465.38 million reported for May 2012.

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