Open Networking Promises to Set IT Managers Loose, Spur Innovation

By Al Bredenberg

Software-defined networking is unlocking networking functionality from hardware and devices to enable managers and architects to deploy routing and switching of their own will and write their own programs. [Read More...]

Inventory Optimization Straddles the Line Between Shortage and Excess

By Al Bredenberg

Distribution and supply managers are always worried about both inventory carrying costs and stock shortages. Increasingly complex manufacturing supply chains, though, are calling for a balanced approach through inventory optimization. [Read More...]

Companies Want to Get Social in their Enterprise Collaboration

By Al Bredenberg

Collaboration technologies are allowing employees to communicate in real time and work together more easily across enterprises of all sizes. But research suggests that many companies are lagging behind in taking advantage of such tools and the potential they promise for organizational effectiveness. [Read More...]

M2M Communication Is Prelude to "Smart" Manufacturing Systems

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers are already starting to take advantage of machine-to-machine communications, using gathered data analytics for predictive machine maintenance. The eventual pinnacle is completely automated plant floors that self-adjust to conditions, customize products, and optimize energy usage. [Read More...]

Love Your MOM: Before Your Software and System Integration, Harness the People

By Al Bredenberg

It is obviously incumbent to have good software and system integration for good manufacturing operations management. But the best manufacturers at MOM are driven by staff who execute continuous improvement practices. [Read More...]

Manufacturing Innovation Hubs to Take U.S. Into Next-Gen Technology Leadership

By Al Bredenberg

A series of manufacturing research hubs that the Obama administration wants to establish aims to speed the development of advanced, cutting-edge manufacturing and automation technologies and production techniques. [Read More...]

BYOD on the Factory Floor: A Boon or Trouble?

By Al Bredenberg

Bring-your-own-device is proliferating among floor personnel in factories, allowing them to monitor manufacturing processes on their personal devices. But with convenience and greater productivity comes security concerns and managing diverse operating systems. [Read More...]

What Can Google Bring with its Move Into Industrial Robotics?

By Al Bredenberg

Eight recent company acquisitions by Google Inc. point to an intriguing conclusion: The tech giant wants to help direct the course of industrial robotics into an agile and ultra-intelligent future. [Read More...]

Breaking Bad (Big Data)

By Al Bredenberg

Manufacturers are diving into Big Data to sharpen their decision-making. However, they are getting subpar results from being unable to break down the organizational silos that undermine their efforts to extract the most value out of their data. [Read More...]

Labor Optimization Solutions Make Best Use of Human Capital

By Tracey Schelmetic

In the past decade, manufacturers have adopted software to manage many processes, from supply chain management to enterprise resource planning to power consumption. But when it comes to the largest organizational expense and arguably the most critical component of supply chain management – human capital – many companies are still playing catch-up. [Read More...]

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