Manufacturing Innovation Institute Will Build "Digital Commons"

By Al Bredenberg

The first project of the recently unveiled Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute is the creation of the Digital Manufacturing Commons. It is an open-source collaboration tool that will bring design and manufacturing partners together more easily. [Read More...]

Technology Is Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

By Al Bredenberg

Businesses are starting to take advantage of real-time logistics visibility, such as traffic avoidance and delivery resequencing. But that's the tip of the iceberg of possibilities being dreamed by the convergence of Big Data, predictive analytics, wearable computing, and the Internet of Things. [Read More...]

Model-Based Systems Engineering: Beyond Spreadsheets

By Shawn Wasserman

The growing complexity of subsystems within products will spur evolution from document-based systems engineering to the model-based approach. MBSE software will ease integrated, concurrent development of mechanical function, embedded electronics, etc, in the product design cycle. [Read More...]

Persistent Security Threats Push Organizations to Continuous Vulnerability Monitoring

By Al Bredenberg

Vulnerability management is a fact of life for business organizations. Companies have to monitor the behavior of its people, but cloud computing and mobile devices are introducing threats that need to be mitigated. [Read More...]

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...]

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