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Optimising energy efficiency of conveyors

July 5, 2011 12:49 pm | by Schneider Electric | Comments

In any human activity, handling cannot be ignored. Moving and transporting goods are part of the daily life of each individual.In manufacturing and distribution activities, it is very often the bottleneck where can focus many problems.Indeed, handling has an influence on the machines productivity located upstream and downstream, it has an impact on the work-in-progress and thuspresents a capital investment.

Atari Customer Success Story

May 26, 2011 10:54 am | by Polycom | Comments

Developing complex interactive games requires some serious face-to-face interaction. The only problem for Atari is that their executives are scattered around the world. Learn how Polycom video conferencing systems help Atari streamline their frequent “green light” meetings.

UniFirst Customer Success Story

May 26, 2011 10:51 am | by Polycom | Comments

Although UniFirst is dispersed across North America, their video conferencing network allows them to not only reduces costs and travel time, but also nurture the small company culture the company was built on.


Targus Customer Success Story

May 26, 2011 10:48 am | by Polycom | Comments

As a global mobile accessory manufacturer,Targus delivers products that are comfortable, convenient, and can be used anywhere. With Polycom collaborative video solutions, Targus is able to apply this same approach to their operations while collaborating with teams throughout the world.

Ricoh Australia Customer Success Story

May 26, 2011 10:44 am | by Polycom | Comments

Aside from being a leader in high-end office automation services, Ricoh Australia is a leader in corporate social responsibility and environmental management. With Polycom solutions they are able to continue to meet their green initiatives as well as increase sales and decrease operating costs.

5 Ways Unified Communications Manufactures New Efficiencies and Cost Savings

May 26, 2011 10:41 am | by Polycom | Comments

For manufacturers, time to market pressure has never been more extreme. You can't manufacture time. You can however, buy some. Get critical insights on the ways collaborative video and voice solutions can increase operational efficiencies, reduce costs and streamline product introductions.

Analytics and the Bottom Line: How Organizations Build Success

May 5, 2011 10:53 am | by SAS | Comments

The manufacturing industry has not gone unaffected by the economy over the last several years. Yet, research suggests that companies investing heavily in advanced analytical capabilities outperform the S&P 500 on average by 64%. If you’re wondering how, this Harvard Business Report has some interesting insights. Tom Davenport and Jeanne Harris, co-authors of Competing on Analytics and the follow-up Analytics at Work, discuss the process by which companies evolve through five stages of analytic maturity to compete better, improve their decision-making capabilities and make decisions with confidence.

Brain Trust: Enabling the Confident Enterprise with Business Analytics

May 5, 2011 10:49 am | by SAS | Comments

Growing amounts of data about materials, suppliers, processes and competitors does not necessarily translate into useful information for manufacturers – unless it can be analyzed for valuable insights that improve decision making. This special report, featuring analytics experts such as Jim Goodnight, Tom Davenport and Thornton May, is filled with extensive research and case studies regarding the impact business analytics has on how to solve complex business challenges with confidence. Read about organizations that are putting analytics in action to gain competitive advantage, improve performance, drive sustainable growth through innovation, anticipate change and balance risk.


Manufacturing - 8 Business Analytics Essentials

May 5, 2011 10:44 am | by SAS | Comments

Leading companies are using analytics to do everything from setting prices to preventing fraud. This white paper presents Tom Davenport’s five stages of analytics implementation to help you determine where your company currently ranks. It then presents eight essential steps to help you start getting the most from business analytics.

Lean Labor

April 28, 2011 9:01 am | by Kronos | Comments

Download and read the first chapter of the new book Lean Labor, by Gregg Gordon and learn how Manufacturers’ are applying the proven techniques in Lean specifically to the workforce. Read about real world examples and how manufacturers can think about their operations in new ways and use existing Lean tools for workforce processes.

What Facebook Can Teach You About Lean and the Workforce

April 28, 2011 8:58 am | by Kronos | Comments

Read this Industry Spotlight, which presents a framework for leveraging the consumer technology skills and habits employees already use in their personal lives to implement Lean in the workplace. Download now.

How to Prevent the System Implementation Disaster

April 25, 2011 1:25 pm | by Oliver Wight | Comments

Too many executives have experienced low return on investment in implementing a new enterprise system. This paper not only describes the pitfalls of implementing an enterprise system without first creating the business user’s process definitions; it offers a solution that provides you a running start in realizing the results you expect.

You Are Crunched for Time and Resources Are Thin

April 25, 2011 1:21 pm | by Oliver Wight | Comments

 It can be exciting for business users when a company invests in a new system. The new system should enable business users to stop using spreadsheets for planning and communicating. But how can you be sure that your time is optimized and your business needs are accurately addressed to produce the greatest end result?

The Heat is On

April 25, 2011 1:18 pm | by Oliver Wight | Comments

 The last thing you want is to recommend spending millions of dollars on a planning system and have it not meet business users' needs. But putting together theprocess flow definitions, solution maps, application programming interfaces and stage-gate lifecycle definitions is time-consuming. This paper outlines an alternative to starting from a blank sheet of paper.application

Foreign Exchange Risk Management

April 14, 2011 11:34 am | by Western Union | Comments

Ensure that the success of your business depends on its operations and not unpredictable economic factors and volatile currency rates.

Relationships - The Key to Effective Demand Planning in a Business-To-Business Environment

April 7, 2011 12:36 pm | by Oliver Wight | Comments

Poor forecasts are often symptoms of poor customer relationships. This paper deals with the role of sales account managers in developing collaborative relationships with key customers. Sales needs to represent the company to the customer and the customer to the company.

Integrated Business Planning - Sales and Operations Planning - An Executive Level Synopsis

April 7, 2011 12:34 pm | by Oliver Wight | Comments

The integrated management process known as Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has evolved over three decades. In recent years it has taken a major evolutionary step for many companies that have realized the need for, and the benefits of, operating with one integrated management process. Integrated Business Planning is the name many companies are using to describe a strategic management process integrating all the functional elements of the business, picking up where traditional S&OP leaves off. This paper discusses the integrated management process known as Sales and Operations Planning and its more mature version, Integrated Business Planning. It is written to give management and leadership a quick synopsis of this integrated strategic management process.

Meet Your Product Marketing Challenges Head On

April 4, 2011 11:06 am | by Kaon | Comments

 In this free eBook, learn how product marketing departments are creating engaging tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of the capabilities and benefits of medical, telecom and industrial products. Whether it's a MRI machine, a server or large machinery, interactive 3D marketing solutions are creating powerful customer experiences proven to increase sales and excite customers.

10 Steps to a Successful Smart Services Evaluation

March 29, 2011 12:18 pm | by Axeda | Comments

A successful remote service solution has the potential to impact business processes in every part of a company. The perception of remote services will depend on each stakeholder’s own goals and perspective of where value is created.

World-Class Remote Service for Machine Manufacturers

March 29, 2011 12:12 pm | by Axeda | Comments

 Productivity and uptime are crucial drivers in the industrial equipment industry, where machine downtime can cost more than $1 million per day. With newer intelligent features and increased sophistication, the equipment has become more costly to service and repair. Manufacturers, and the equipment suppliers that support them, need to connect to a wide range of information sources - from discrete machines to process controls.


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