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Four Steps To A Best Run Business

September 30, 2010 7:18 am | by SAP | Comments

Operate your business more effectively by driving faster, smarter decisions, applying better control over costs, minimize risk and liability, and anticipate change. SAP Business ByDesign helps you automate business processes, streamline administrative tasks, and proactively deliver role-based information to employees.

Information Strategies for Manufacturing Sustainability

September 27, 2010 7:23 am | by GE Intelligent Platforms | Comments

Is your manufacturing sustainability strategy based on continuous improvement? Manufacturers that isolate environmental compliance initiatives may be missing a larger opportunity to yield significant operational savings. This paper discusses the advantage of a planned approach that balances environmental and operational metrics, which can uncover the underlying forces of energy and resource consumption to help minimize waste and related costs—proving that “Green is Green.”

Successful Selection & Implementation Of Online EH&S Training

September 23, 2010 1:11 pm | by Summit | Comments

Learn what to look for in an online learning platform and successful strategies for implementing online learning into your overall environmental, health and safety training plan. Whether you are currently in the decision making process to use an online learning platform or are currently using online training, this information can help you make your decision and maximize the effectiveness of your online learning platform.

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Why Risk Management Matters More than Ever

September 17, 2010 10:07 am | by Custom House, A Western Union Company | Comments

Custom House, a Western Union Company, is a leader in global payments services that provides cross-border business solutions for clients operating in international markets. As a member of the Western Union group of companies, we help clients with their international payments while mitigating currency risk through the support of reliable foreign exchange specialists and high performing online payment platforms.

The Changing Role of the Operator

September 17, 2010 10:02 am | by GE Intelligent Platforms | Comments

As businesses strive to gain a competitive advantage from their operations, the way operators perform their work has evolved. Shifting from being purely functional to highly analytical, operators have become an increasingly critical part of today’s business processes—significantly changing the way businesses operate and adding more value than ever before.

Shedding Light on Machine Vision

September 17, 2010 8:43 am | by Microscan | Comments

GIGO. It’s as true for information technology today as it ever was. Garbage in = garbage out. When it comes to machine vision, however, the old computer acronym can be updated: Good images = good output.

Ten Warning Signs That Your ERP System Is Killing Your Business

September 8, 2010 1:21 pm | by Plex Systems | Comments

Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.

Selecting Manufacturing ERP For ISO 26000 Compliance

August 31, 2010 6:07 am | by IFS | Comments

ISO 26000, the new standard for corporate social responsibility is influenced heavily by the UN Global Compact. What are the implications for ERP and other enterprise software industrial companies use to run their business? APICS-certified expert Bill Leedale offers tips for selecting and configuring ERP for ISO 26000 compliance.

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Ten Critical Questions to Ask a Manufacturing ERP Vendor

August 25, 2010 1:04 pm | by Plex Systems | Comments

Selecting an ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer's overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.

Midmarket ERP Solutions Buyer's Guide

August 25, 2010 12:44 pm | by Tippit | Comments

For all but the smallest organizations, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system promises big gains, helping to grow revenue, increase productivity companywide, improve efficiency throughout the enterprise and manage costs.

How Mobile Printing Enhances Efficiency in Route Accounting & DSD

August 25, 2010 11:14 am | by Zebra Technologies | Comments

In this informative white paper, learn how your route delivery and sales staff can make more stops and fewer errors each day by using mobile printing to support their direct store delivery operations.

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Managing Your Low-Volume Aftermarket Parts Business

August 25, 2010 11:11 am | by W.W. Williams | Comments

You want to continue to meet your customer's expectations, but you need to keep your company's focus on the future, not the past. Partnering with W.W.Williams Distribution will transform the problems of supplying Low-Volume and Out-of-Production aftermarket repair parts into opportunities.

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Ultrasound Condition Monitoring

August 25, 2010 11:08 am | by UE Systems | Comments

Ultrasound inspection offers a unique position for condition monitoring as both a "stand-alone" inspection technology and as an effective screening tool that can speed up the inspection process and help inspectors determine effective follow-up actions for mechanical, electrical and leak applications.

SMB Finance and Accounting Comparison Guide

August 25, 2010 11:06 am | by Tippit | Comments

Perhaps the most mystifying of all business functions is the realm of accounting. Far from a matter of simple math, the area is fraught with confusing regulations and cash-fl ow penalties. This one department alone portends the rise or demise of any given industry, no matter how large or small or what amount of sales are closed on any given day.

SMB Finance and Accounting Buyer's Guide

August 25, 2010 11:04 am | by Tippit | Comments

Accounting is undeniably a crucial function for SMBs (small- to medium-sized businesses); there are rules to follow, regulations to meet, bills to pay and profits to reap. Indeed, counting the money is fundamental to measuring a company's success.

Critical Supply Chain Leader Skills

August 25, 2010 11:01 am | by The University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education | Comments

As a site leader, your plant is critical to a supply chain's success. When the CEO is searching for the right person to implement its supply chain strategies, will you demonstrate the necessary expertise and leadership?

Six Strategies for Leading in Tough Times

August 25, 2010 10:57 am | by The University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education | Comments

Are you a site leader looking for better ways to lead? In today's unpredictable economy, manufacturing site leaders need leadership skills that offer support and clarity at a time when employees can feel anxious and uncertain.

Leadership Challenges for Today's Manufacturing Site Leaders

August 25, 2010 10:55 am | by The University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education | Comments

Are you a multi-directional site leader, managing up, down, and across your organization? Plant managers must be able to manage in any direction with the necessary skills to gain support for his/her plant's objectives.

Cost Justification and Reliability Benefits of Multi-Jackbolt Tensioners

August 25, 2010 10:50 am | by Superbolt Inc | Comments

A properly bolted joint is critical to the successful operation of any piece of machinery. As the size of the bolts or studs increase, so do the challenges. Multi-jackbolt tensioners solve many of the common bolting problems encountered in industry and are widely used by both OEMs and end users alike.

Turning Your Excess Into Success

August 23, 2010 1:01 pm | by Select Recovery Services, Inc | Comments

Asset Recovery is the practice of recouping the value of assets no longer needed by a company by indentifying and reusing or disposing of surplus assets. By strategic use of recycling, redeployment, reselling and other innovative techniques, asset recovery programs recover millions of dollars of value in often-forgotten assets.

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