2017

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Managing modern manufacturing supply chains

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Alex Mills, Sales & Marketing Director, ProSKU. Efficient manufacturing relies on managing the supply of components and sub-assemblies to support production schedules. It could be argued that the best manufacturers are the ones that not only have innovative products to meet market demands but who manage their supply chains the most effectively.

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Don’t Be a Bystander, Take a Stand Against Bullying

Manufacturers Alliance

Everyone has encountered it. The colleague everyone knows is difficult to work with, the supervisor who barks at subordinates, the person who interrupts, scoffs at a colleague, or makes snide remarks. There is a desire to sweep this type of behavior under the rug or avert your gaze when you see it. Bullying affects an estimated 60 million American workers.

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When You Can’t Afford Downtime, Even in the Toughest Conditions

Universal Robots

Once companies automate processes with robotics, they don’t look back. They quickly learn to depend on the consistent, reliable output, day after day, and year after year. But that means dependability is more important than ever. Companies simply can’t afford the downtime that will impact productivity and profitability.

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TriMan Price Comparisons: Digital Pressure Switches

Trimantec

Digital Pressure Switches: Airtac vs. Automation Direct. . TriMan was making a nice, piping hot cup of coffee when he sensed something wasn’t right with a nearby machine. He followed the strange sound right to the source. Low and behold, it turned out to be a malfunctioning pneumatic digital pressure switch. . . What does a pneumatic digital pressure switch do?

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Why Do Factories Need a Digital-Ready Infrastructure?

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Digital transformation, digital business, digitization, digital disruption. There are countless ways to phrase it, but it boils down to this. When digital technologies enable new business models, that’s digital transformation. Digital factory initiatives are generating incredible business outcomes, and at the core there’s a common denominator— a digital-ready infrastructure.

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Peter Hahn relies on software solution from inconso AG for expanding logistics capacities

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The mail-order company Peter Hahn has started the efficient expansion of logistics capacities in Winterbach, Swabia.

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Bridging the complexity gap

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Stephen Hardy, Managing Director, FPX Ltd. The business-to-business (B2B) sales ecosystem is an inherently complex space which presents challenges to manufacturers. Regardless of what you sell, how you sell it, and who you're selling to, there are numerous obstacles to ensuring the right product gets to the right customer at the right price via the customer's preferred channel.

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Asda and the Co-op put competition aside to develop supply chain efficiency drive

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Asda and the Co-op are developing a new way of supply chain collaboration, by enabling mutual suppliers to submit aggregated data on waste, water and energy to both retailers at the same time. The retailers are working with 2degrees to collect the sustainability data.

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Ireland's Supply Chain Security to lead agenda at The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference, the largest gathering of manufacturing and supply chain professionals, takes place on the 31st January in the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin with a focus on sustainability, brexit, manufacturing, renewable energy, procurement, recycling and more.

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Helping companies improve supply chain management

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Resource management software specialist Ardent Solutions is urging businesses to rethink their approach to supply chain management. Affiliated to the Demand Driven Institute (DDI), the company is behind the demand-driven material requirements planning (DDMRP) compliant software for Microsoft Dynamics 365; DDMRP for Dynamics.

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5 Ways New Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Innovation

Next-gen manufacturers are redesigning factories to enable agility at every stage of production. From more timely communication between engineers and technicians to technologies that empower real-time collaboration, they’re getting ahead by making iterations and improvements during a build, across the production line at scale. This level of flexibility means they can develop more quickly than their legacy counterparts.

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Managing the demand curve - Demand Forecasting/Planning/S&OP Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments and key discussion points within the Demand Forecasting/Planning/S&OP space – including those concerning planning unification, best of breed, integration, Cloud/SaaS and Big Data.

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Logility acquires Halo Business Intelligence to expand advanced analytics

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Logility, Inc., provider of collaborative supply chain optimisation and advanced retail planning solutions, has acquired privately-held Halo Business Intelligence, a San Diego-based supplier of advanced analytics and business intelligence solutions for the supply chain market.

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Procurement and supply chain jobs up 13% in the UK year on year

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The latest Robert Walters UK Jobs Index has revealed that procurement and supply chain vacancies have risen across the UK, with the number of jobs available in the third quarter of 2017 up 7% compared to the same time last year.

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French election victory reduces supply chain risk in Europe

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Western and Central Europe's contribution to global supply chain risk fell in Q2 2017 to 29.94%, compared with 30.14% in Q1, according to the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet.

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.

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Amazon Business: a viable alternative to B2B e-Commerce?

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Michiel Schipperus, CEO of Sana Commerce. In April Amazon's growing business offering officially opened its doors in the UK. Although the online marketplace has been eyeing the B2B market with intent since the launch of Amazon Supply in 2012, the arrival of Amazon Business represents its biggest step yet to appeal to corporate procurement.

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It’s Store-bot – AI for the retail business

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Sandeep Dadlani, President and Global Head of Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistics. Macy's began 2017 by publishing a list of 68 stores it would close this year. Amazon, on the other hand, entered the New Year still high from its massively successful Cyber Monday sales of 2016.

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Why forecasting is damaging your business

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The science of supply and demand is not always as clear cut as it may seem at first glance. The system of traditional forecasting is broken, and the only way to fix it is to replace it.

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The Impact of Tax Reform on Manufacturing

Manufacturers Alliance

Republicans plan to unveil their long-awaited tax reform package on November 1. Although the nine-page tax reform framework released in September was short on details, the plan highlights key changes to the tax code intended to reduce the tax burden on both individuals and companies, spark economic growth in the U.S., and make the tax laws more globally competitive.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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Cross site scripting, weak authentication and TLS still head up critical threats

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

Cross Site Scripting, Weak Authentication and TLS (Transport Layer Security) configuration still account for over 60% of high and critical vulnerabilities in web applications, according to new findings by Context Information Security published today.

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Robots and Lasers Make their Mark

Universal Robots

Robots and lasers have a long history together. Now, cost-effective, easy-to-use cobots and new lower-cost lasers are a perfect match for a wide range of engraving and marking applications. “Nowadays, everything requires a number,” explains Victor Amorim, Western Territory Manager for Gravotech, a global provider of marking.

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How to get robots to talk to each other

Universal Robots

With the rising popularity of vision systems and other robot-aiding instruments, it is now common to see robots take on more and more intricate tasks. This creates situations where robots are handing off parts to each other and in doing this, they need to communicate robot to robot to maintain efficiency and fast production.

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Cobots – A Helping Hand to the Healthcare Industry

Universal Robots

In the past couple of decades, industrial processing systems have turned to automation driven by the need for high accuracy, precision, and performance. Technological advancements in today’s day and age have successfully applied automated machines in a wide range of industries dealing with well-defined processes and products.

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.

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How Augmented Reality and Cobots Drive the Next Wave of Automation

Universal Robots

Augmented reality (AR) technology, usually incorporated into special headsets, eyewear, or projections, superimposes data or graphics over real-world images and uses sensors and cameras to capture the operator’s motions for feedback and control. Until now, AR’s primary application has been in gaming. But as technology has.

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The Cloud offers distributors a silver lining for managing product information

Manufacturing & Logistics IT

By Colin Wells, Pimberly. Consumers have more choice and make greater demands than ever before. More products, more channels through which to buy them, more ways to take delivery. But as distributors, more choice means more complexity and more data to manage.

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Lightweight Cobots Take on Heavy-duty Jobs—Even Welding

Universal Robots

Sure, cobots are lightweight: the largest UR10 robot is under 29 kg/64 lbs, so they’re easy to pick up and move from one process to another. But they’re no lightweights when it comes to heavy-duty processes like welding. In fact, there’s already a range of cobot welding systems to choose from. Surprised? Don’t be. It’s just.

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Calculating ROI and Payback Period for your Robotic Investment

Universal Robots

If you’re looking to automate with robots, it’s important to build a solid business case if you want to know the true value of robot automation. Many businesses calculate ROI by using the payback period, which is taking the cost of the robot and then dividing it by the monthly salary of the worker. It’s important to note if.

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?

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Industry 5.0: The Factory of the Future

Universal Robots

This phenomenon referred to as “Industry 5.0” or collaborative industries reflect a growing view amongst manufacturers of the need to respond to increasing demand amongst customers for a higher degree of individualization. In fact, 85 percent of manufacturers consider the “connected workforce” - that is robots and humans.

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Collaborative robots ushering in Industry 5.0

Universal Robots

From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0. There’s long been a global movement to create smart, automated production setups and make things communicate digitally – all jingoistically summed up as “Industry 4.0”. But at Universal Robots, we reckon a new robotics development is even more interesting: We call this “Industry 5.0”.

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Cobots as an essential part of reshoring

Universal Robots

The long-standing industrial practice of outsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world in order to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a dramatic turn. With rapidly rising labor costs in traditionally low-cost countries such as China, manufacturers are now experiencing that the financial.

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Cobots in Lights-Out Manufacturing? Collaboration Works Even When Humans Aren’t.

Universal Robots

The idea of using collaborative robots for lights-out manufacturing can seem like a contradiction in terms. After all, cobots differ from traditional robots by being able to work side-by-side with human workers, and lights-out manufacturing is a human-free automation approach. But the collaborative aspect of cobots is more.

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Innovations in Manufacturing: How to Become Your New Tech's Master

Speaker: Gary Mintchell, Founder of The Manufacturing Connection

In a world where new technology keeps popping up out of nowhere, it's easy to think that this new tech can solve any and all your manufacturing challenges. This is a dangerous assumption because thoughtless reliance on technology can become a liability. Yes, tech does makes work easier and faster, but we've learned in recent decades that projects can still fail if the new technology being used doesn't bring manufacturing, business, and go-to-market strategies together.