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MOTOTRBO™ Digital Radios Provide Ideal Solution for Large Manufacturer’s Emergency Response Team

March 22, 2011 1:06 pm | by Motorola Solutions | Comments

When a large manufacturer acquired a new product line, thedecision was made to upgrade its Emergency ResponseTeam’s (ERT) radios to MOTOTRBO digital technology to improve collaboration and facilitate enhanced response. MOTOTRBO not only meets the manufacturer’s stringent safety specifications required for its factory, the radios have helped ERT’s distributed staff members partner better and respond quicker. The dual mode radios also enable ERT to easily communicate with non-ERT analog radio users throughout the plant and allow the customer to cost effectively migrate all radios to full digital capability as the analog units reach end of life.

Steel Pipe Plant's MOTOTRBO™ Radios Deliver Clear Audio even in Extreme Noise Conditions

March 22, 2011 12:59 pm | by Motorola Solutions | Comments

With noise levels that can reach 120 decibels, plant managers wanted a two-way radio system that could deliver clear audio without the background noise. MOTOTRBO digital radios with sophisticated background noise suppression capability delivers crystal clear audio, even next to a jackhammer.

What Management Must Know About Forecasting

March 9, 2011 9:50 am | by SAS | Comments

Forecasts are never as accurate as you need them to be, and lots of forecasting consultants and software vendors are willing to take your money in exchange for unfulfilled promises. This white paper explores why forecasts are often wrong and some ways to improve them.

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Demand Planning Maturity Model

March 9, 2011 9:44 am | by SAS | Comments

Many organizations are finding out that they have inadequate processes to handle demand planning, and traditional methods of predicting demand aren’t efficient in a fluctuating market. More than 180 forecasting managers, planners and supply chain executives participated in a study exploring the differences in processes, technologies and strategies between leading companies and those that are less successful.

Three Ways to Enhance Packaging Line Performance

February 17, 2011 4:58 am | by Microscan | Comments

This white paper focuses on optical character recognition (OCR) and its growing use in packaging lines for compliance with date and lot tracking regulations. Machine vision OCR helps manufacturers adhere to these mandates in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and can also improve line performance.

The Five C’s of Aerospace and Defense Success

February 2, 2011 7:19 am | by Epicor | Comments

This white paper discusses some important considerations for A&D manufacturers in the context of enterprise information systems and how they can help in addressing five important areas of concern—compliance, control, communications, competitiveness, and cutting cost, waste and complexity. Enterprise systems are essential tools for running a manufacturing business effectively, but the demands of the A&D market are not easily addressed by one-size-fits-all products that are not specifically tailored to this environment.

Twelve Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

February 2, 2011 7:13 am | by Epicor | Comments

An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner and specialist. Your long-term business strategy will form the basis of the criteria for your selection of an ERP system replacement. This white paper explains the 12 criteria that allow you to identify the solution that will meet these expectations.

Five Ways ERP Can Help You Implement Lean

February 2, 2011 7:09 am | by Epicor | Comments

Becoming lean has been a goal of most companies over the last few years. Lean delivers what companies really need in today's highly competitive world: shorter lead times, improved quality, reduced cost, increased profit, improved productivity and better customer service. This white paper outlines how the five lean principles are all supported by comprehensive information control and the management tools that an end-to-end enterprise software suite delivers.

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SaaS ERP: A Viable Model for Job Shops and Small Manufacturers

February 2, 2011 7:04 am | by Epicor | Comments

This white paper describes how the software as a service (SaaS) model delivers financial, implementation and operational benefits to job shops and small manufacturers. It also describes how Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition, a comprehensive ERP system deployed in the SaaS model, meets the needs of job shops and small manufacturers. With Epicor Express, job shops and small manufacturers now have the opportunity to implement an ERP solution that can help transform their operations and business.

Racking Up Savings With The Right Slotting Strategy

January 31, 2011 10:25 am | by KOM INTERNATIONAL, INC. | Comments

More than ever companies are reducing costs to remain competitive, while keeping an eye on further improving their responsiveness to customer demand. With fewer inventories in the system, we see that product assortment and the need to handle individual products in the most efficient manner possible is driving operating strategy. That is, slotting requirements are now as important as inventory storage. Learn how the development and selection of the appropriate strategic option forms the foundation for the entire slotting exercise.

Supply-Chain Analytics: Beyond ERP & SCM

January 27, 2011 8:07 am | by SAS | Comments

 Leading manufacturing companies have come to realize that to remain competitive, they must do more than just plan and act within the four walls of a plant. To offer the flexibility and increased responsiveness that customers so desire — and to meet their goals of cost containment and improved efficiency — manufacturers must connect across their supply-chains and derive analytical insights from data within.

Customers Connect with Industrial Machinery Like Never Before

January 25, 2011 8:06 am | by Kaon | Comments

Industrial equipment has always come with the stigma of being cumbersome and difficult to demonstrate, specifically at offsite meetings. Whether it's printing equipment or oil field machinery, learn how INDUSTRIAL MARKETERS are using INTERACTIVE 3D MARKETING solutions to create engaging SALES tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.

Competing Telecom Equipment; How Manufacturers' Marketing Can Drive Revenue

January 25, 2011 8:02 am | by Kaon | Comments

Numerous telecom companies are NOT shipping equipment to events or sales meetings. Rather, they’re weaving together virtual product demos, interactive flow diagrams, video, collateral and presentations onto interactive marketing platforms (iPads, laptops, touch-screens, websites) to crisply convey their complex messages and convert their marketing communication into SALES. A must read for all marketers!

Accelerate Medical Device Sales with Interactive Product Marketing

January 25, 2011 7:56 am | by Kaon | Comments

 Whether it's a MRI machine or a microscope, learn how MEDICAL MARKETERS are using INTERACTIVE 3D MARKETING solutions (on iPads, laptops, touch-screens, websites) to create engaging SALES and TRAINING tools to look 'under the hood' and gain far more knowledge and understanding of MEDICAL PRODUCTS.  

Georgia Nut Company Cracks the Distance Barrier

January 17, 2011 7:43 am | by Motorola | Comments

Effective, clear communication is essential in every manufacturing environment. But when you have multiple locations trying to work in sync, communication becomes the foundation for a successful product. Read how Georgia Nut cracks the communication distance barrier with a digital communication solution that provides effective voice and data communications across facilities.

The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made When Purchasing Automation

January 13, 2011 7:52 am | by Servo2Go.com Ltd. | Comments

Buying a piece of automation can be a very long and difficult process. Here is a list of the 10 most common mistakes made when purchasing automation equipment.

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Case Study: Arkadin delivers cost-effective, remote collaboration solutions for Bemis Manufacturing’s global teams

January 3, 2011 11:08 am | by Arkadin | Comments

 Learn how Bemis Manufacturing’s global teams boosted productivity and lowered costs using Arkadin’s remote audio & web collaboration solutions as a highly effective virtual meeting environment.

Manufacturer’s Guide: Top 5 Evaluation Criteria for Selecting a Remote Collaboration Solution Provider

January 3, 2011 11:01 am | by Arkadin | Comments

  An increasing number of Manufacturers are investing in remote collaboration solutions to support leaner processes that accelerate time to market. Learn the top 5 evaluation criteria that your manufacturing business should utilize when selecting a best-fit remote collaboration solution provider.

Transforming Field Service Operations: Drive costs down and service levels up with mobility

December 16, 2010 6:55 am | by Motorola | Comments

Field service teams are a huge asset, and yet many still operate with inefficient paper-based processes for work orders, inventory and parts management, as well as customer billing and payments. Download Transforming Field Service Operations: Drive costs down and service levels up with mobility to learn how to increase performance in ways that resonate throughout your enterprise—affecting everything from customer retention to profitability. Start delivering greater customer service while generating significantly more revenue!

Eliminate Seven Wastes from Your Quality Processes with Mobility

December 16, 2010 6:52 am | by Motorola | Comments

Lean manufacturing practices apply equally well to the quality function, but you can amplify their effect with mobile capability. Download our white paper, Eliminate Seven Wastes from Your Quality Processes with Mobility, to learn how you can achieve higher quality standards with reduced staff—only a sample of the benefits manufacturers can expect from a mobile and lean quality function!

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