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What's Trending: OSHA's Top Safety Violations; PLM As An Enterprise Application

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback. OSHA's Top 10 safety violations; Detroit's Packard plant to sell soon; and the growing importance of PLM as an enterprise application.

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback. OSHA's Top 10 safety violations; Detroit's Packard plant to sell soon; and the growing importance of PLM as an enterprise application. Below these stories, check out links to other related news and features at Manufacturing Business Technology.


OSHA Unveils Top 10 Safety Violations

Chicago — Once again, Fall Protection tops the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The presentation of the Top 10 was given before a crowded group of spectators today on the Expo floor at the 2013 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

“We appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data as we look toward Leading Safety into the Future,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher. “Today’s presentation reminds us that it’s very important to learn from the past and address these top violations to help make our workplaces safer.” Continue reading to see the list...


Detroit's Packard Plant Could Be Sold For $21,000

DETROIT (AP) -- A former car plant that's a symbol of Detroit's industrial decline could be sold for as little as $21,000 after failing to get bids in an initial public auction.

The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report the property is to be listed as a package of 42 parcels during the second round of the Wayne County treasurer's tax foreclosure auction, which starts Oct. 8. Continue reading...

Commenter BobD had this to say about the Packard plant:

"Umm, the last Packard rolled off the line in 1958, arguably near the height of the US auto industry. I don't see how this real estate sale is a symbol of the recent fall of Detroit."

While this real estate is not a symbol of the recent fall of Detroit, under bankruptcy, the city is selling off property and assests to offset debt and expenses. 


The Growing Importance Of PLM As An Enterprise Application

When we look at the progression of enterprise IT, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology continues to expand and overlap into adjacent areas of enterprise application functionality.

Although most manufacturers’ IT environments include elements of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and PLM, the boundaries between these traditional areas of IT responsibility are becoming increasingly blurred and sometimes even impossible to identify at all.

In fact, in their efforts to grow their businesses, the vendors of the various enterprise applications are continuously increasing the scope and functionality of their applications, with the inevitable result that the applications now addressing ERP, SCM, CRM and PLM have the potential to overlap more and more. At the moment, the application area with the most expansionist ambitions seems to be PLM. Continue reading...

Commenter jan takke had this to say:

"This article clearly describes an important trend recognizing the integrative role of PLM in the overall picture of business processes and thus in optimizing performance figures like time to market, product quality, etc. The observation of overlap shouldn't worry us that much since overlap is needed to pinpoint the relation and stitch the parts of the IT business suit together. Nice article!"



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