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Amongst distribution centers today, there is a growing schism between the "haves" and "have-nots". These companies are separated by a series of underlying enablers that serve as a spring board for... (View Full Article)
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Striving to take their business to a new level, or just keep pace with increasing competition, many executives are realizing they need an expanded view of their company's business environment. There... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturing flexibility, for the purpose of this study, is defined by Aberdeen as the convergence of supply chain visibility, production capacity, and dynamic decision making. The Aberdeen Group has... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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External market forces, Lean manufacturing strategies, and ever lower tolerances for late deliveries are putting pressure on manufacturers to ensure that facilities and equipment are not only... (View Full Article)
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In asset intensive industries, such as automotive, metals, mining, oil and gas, process manufacturing, utilities, and the public sector, the reliability and productivity of capital assets is essential... (View Full Article)
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Industrial Machinery and Components (IM&C) manufacturers face some unique challenges in dealing with complex products and manufacturing processes. This report is a roadmap for IM&C manufacturers that... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturers in process related industries including chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, share similar pressures faced by all manufacturers today in balancing stakeholders' expectations... (View Full Article)
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Over the past decade, the concept of lean manufacturing production has gone through a dramatic evolution from an obscure and isolated practice to a mainstream, extensively publicized methodology that... (View Full Article)
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Most companies measure key performance indicators (KPIs) at the corporate level as a way to drive efficiencies through their business and improve shareholder value. Boards pay close attention to KPI... (View Full Article)
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Top performers optimize their assets. It's true in any field-sports, the arts, and business. Yet in business, optimizing performance of capital assets often plays distant runner-up to the more... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturers continually strive to become better - improving quality, reducing costs, increasing flexibility and agility, looking for ways to improve customer service. This imperative has led to a... (View Full Article)
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Thousands of years ago, Egyptian farmers understood the business value of optimizing their key processes and making the most of their resources. By controlling the Nile's floodwaters and reclaiming... (View Full Article)
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A common issue facing small and medium-sized business (SMB) manufacturers today is how to increase revenue and grow their business without significantly adding staff. With larger firms able to compete... (View Full Article)
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This benchmark investigates the ways top performing companies develop corporate cultures of reliability and leverage investments in advanced Asset Performance Management (APM) capabilities to improve... (View Full Article)
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Even though the technology has been around in some form since World War II, chances are that you think of Wal-Mart's supply chain initiative when you hear the words "radio frequency identification,"... (View Full Article)
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One of the most popular buzz-words in business today is "lean." This term conveys the idea of fat elimination - the elimination of enterprise waste, the streamlining of processes to increase... (View Full Article)
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In today's extremely competitive business environment, companies are searching for any and every way to increase efficiencies, decrease costs, and manage asset wisely. One of the critical areas of... (View Full Article)
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Science, business, and government organizations are starting to support the fact that reducing greenhouse gas is an inevitable and integral component of doing business. Environmental awareness,... (View Full Article)
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The green-optimized supply chain has become a focus of corporate innovation and social responsibility that has powerfully impacted efficiency, profitability, and the very nature of global... (View Full Article)
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In today's process manufacturing environment, innovation is viewed as critical to sustainable growth and profitability. While open innovation is regarded as the answer, few companies can effectively... (View Full Article)
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Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is fundamentally changing the way in which enterprises deploy information technology (IT) to support business operations. Historically, IT departments have held an... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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The Internet has fundamentally changed the way enterprise applications are built and deployed. It has also created an enormous amount of confusion around how enterprise applications should be built to... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been around for a number of years, but many companies have yet to recognize the critical role they play in lean manufacturing operations, control, and... (View Full Article)
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Regardless of the operating environment - manufacturing, transportation, government or municipality, regulated industry - every business is greatly concerned with performance. Too often this concern... (View Full Article)
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What does it mean to be a world-class competitor? It means being successful in your chosen market against any competition-regardless of size, country of origin or resources. It means matching or... (View Full Article)
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For many manufacturers the demands of meeting rising customer expectations and lowering production costs in an environment of more products, more complexity and more choice is placing great stress on... (View Full Article)
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Kanban systems have been an integral part of Lean manufacturing since the card-based tracking system was first introduced as a way to better manage manufacturing shop-floor operations and inventory... (View Full Article)
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Component enterprise asset management (EAM), as well as computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), products suitable for manufacturing companies have increasingly become a specialized area of... (View Full Article)
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An efficient workforce scheduling process enables a company to allocate the right people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time. As a result, it has direct impact on a company's... (View Full Article)
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Enterprises of all types, from Tier 1 auto suppliers, to food and beverage manufacturers, and even to healthcare services firms, are focusing on Lean to reduce overall operating costs. Based on the... (View Full Article)
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The current economic downturn, looming global recession, volatile energy and commodity prices and increasing budget cuts have put pressure on companies to establish strategies just to stay competitive... (View Full Article)
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Commercial and industrial businesses around the world are under pressure to cut energy usage and spending, go "green," and take measures to address climate change. The drivers for change come from... (View Full Article)
(Engineering and Technical Services)
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The price and availability of energy has changed the business landscape forever. Companies with major plants, facilities, and equipment are facing a stark reality: energy consumption is eroding profit... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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An exciting trend in the world of CMMS is the increasing sophistication of condition-based maintenance (CBM) features and functions vendors offer and maintenance professionals actually use. Perhaps... (View Full Article)
(Business Services)
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Are you responsible for managing energy in your plant or currently in the process of establishing a formal energy management program? Aberdeen Group surveyed 230 executives to understand the success... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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Rather than letting frustrated employees and the DOL identify problematic situations, market leaders rely on end-to-end workforce management solutions to prevent issues from ever arising. Limiting... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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Aberdeen Group's latest research in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) reveals that Best-in-Class companies are using asset management strategies to reduce operational cost, improve profitability and... (View Full Article)
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When Heinz Frozen Food Co. set its sights on improving its manufacturing and maintenance process efficiency with leading-edge technology, the company knew that implementation of a new system would... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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PepsiCo Beverages Italia needed an information management system to manage and track assets that it loans at no cost to clients, particularly coolers and fountains. The company also sought to increase... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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As organizational budgets tighten, facilities managers striving to do the right thing for their companies have to overcome major challenges. Securing adequate budgets for building, operating, and... (View Full Article)
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Hospitals and healthcare facilities face an increasing number of cost pressures and other challenges as they strive to meet their primary mission-providing high-quality patient care. One of the... (View Full Article)
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In this environment, it's easy to grasp the importance of manufacturing and delivering safe, high-quality consumer products while complying with stringent government regulations. What can be elusive,... (View Full Article)
(Engineering and Technical Services)
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Almost everyone has heard the term "green" used over the past few years to describe solutions that help save natural resources and provide a cleaner world. In many cases these solutions are just... (View Full Article)
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Pressures to reduce costs outweigh all other business drivers impacting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 2008. While ERP is generally viewed as a necessary infrastructure, it is also a strategic... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturers are continually challenged to react effectively when adverse events occur throughout the manufacturing process, all while continually optimizing performance. Both reaction time and... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturing Performance Institute's report on Supply Chain Management within the Food and Beverage industry, based on the Next Generation Manufacturing study. Synopsis: ncreased competition means... (View Full Article)
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Are you trying to green your products? What started out as a compliance exercise has turned into a socio-economic tidal wave. While the benefits to greening your products has considerable competitive... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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The industry has always been center-stage in the drive to manage the environment responsibly. With the increased focus on climate change, oil and gas companies also are facing regulatory pressure to... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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Manufacturing, by its very nature, relies on the availability of physical assets. Selecting the right application to ensure the availability of those manufacturing assets is a key factor in long-term... (View Full Article)
(Business Applications)
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Although you will hear many businesses stating that their people are their most important asset, few companies have the luxury of devoting more than the minimum time required to truly demonstrate it.... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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In an industry with large, capital hungry equipment, efficient management and maintenance of assets is critical in keeping costs down. Paper manufacturers need tools that standardize maintenance work... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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Now that the recovery is under way, it's time to invest a little to save a lot and work a whole lot smarter. Whether its key use is for predictive maintenance, general asset management or energy... (View Full Article)
(Engineering and Technical Services)
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The Manufacturing 2008 Executive Summary provides a concise view of North American manufacturing production metrics and best practices, and is intended to help manufacturers across the United States,... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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Next Generation Workforces highlights how manufacturers must rethink employee engagement strategies and apply workforce management sysetms that will enable them to more effectively monitor and measure... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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To achieve operational excellence, process manufacturers must be able to keep control over cost structures while meeting customer expectations. Prior Aberdeen research has shown that Best-in-Class... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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Executives in the process industries have been witness to many changes over the past year; including the collapse of both price and demand in many critical commodity markets. In industries where... (View Full Article)
(Enterprise and Plant Management Software)
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In technical literature, reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) continues to show up as the prominent future strategic direction in machinery maintenance, and for good reason. RCM is the best method... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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I've always been interested in the connection between reliability management and other functional responsibilities within a manufacturing organization, such as quality and safety. Clearly, reliable... (View Full Article)
(Engineering and Technical Services)
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As markets globalize, change accelerates, and customer expectations rise to new levels, the walls of the warehouse are coming down. Now, companies must manage extended supply chains with increasing... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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Inventory has been and continues to be the lifeblood of supply chains, especially in times of economic difficulties. Properly managed, it drives revenue and efficiency for companies by reducing... (View Full Article)
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As companies search for ways to get the most out of their existing operating assets, Enterprise Asset Management (CMMS/EAM) software packages are key. However, when it comes to researching, selecting... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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Far from being a philanthropic "nice to have," top performing organizations view sustainability as a "must have" strategy for long term business viability and success. Sustainability brings together... (View Full Article)
(Industrial and Engineering Software)
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The automotive sector may be in the midst of a turbulent transition, but some suppliers and service providers continue to deliver strong performance. What separates these top performers from those who... (View Full Article)

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