Industry Crib Sheet: Small Businesses Show Less Confidence

U.S. small business sentiment weakened in June, ending a three-month run of improving optimism, as m... More >>
Manufacturers Use Product Traceability to Ward Off Quality Issues

Just this year, General Motors has made 54 separate recalls, affecting... More >>
Next-Gen Financial Analytics Drive Manufacturing Into Profitability

Yet another benefit emerging from the new technology-enabled shop floor is the power to apply financ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Chinese Manufacturing Up; U.S. Way Up

China’s manufacturing sector expanded, albeit slightly, in June as operating conditions improv... More >>
Strategic Meter Deployment Powers Shop-Floor Energy Management

In efforts to improve their energy efficiency, manufacturing firms are deploying electricity meters ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Autos Driving Otherwise Stalling Retail Sales

Retail sales have risen four straight months but a weak May is a cause for concern among economists ... More >>
Quality/Regulatory Document Management: What You Need to Know

The all-too-common scenario of businesses using homegrown and paper-based systems to manage quality ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Industrial Production Bounces Back in May

U.S. industrial production rebounded in May with a 0.6 percent expansion, the latest encouragin... More >>
Successful Software Selection: Do Your Due Diligence

A survey by consulting firm Software Advice, based in Austin, Texas, has found that the sm... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Healthy Job Growth Again in May

U.S. employers added 217,000 jobs in May, beating economist forecasts and fueling the best four-mont... More >>
Industrial Energy Management Drills Down to the Core

Industrial energy management systems (IEMS) are helping to improve manufacturing operations, as deci... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: ISM Manufacturing Index Slows Down in May

The manufacturing sector slowed down in May but still grew for the 12th straight month, according to... More >>
AT&T Hops Aboard Next-Generation IT Infrastructure

Telecommunications giant AT&T recently surprised industry observers with its shift toward a clou... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Robotics Market Sees 2nd-Best Quarter Ever

The robotics market in North America posted its second-highest quarter ever in terms of robots order... More >>
Going the Distance: Solving 'Last-Meter' Connectivity on the Shop Floor

Magellan Aerospace Corp. of Mississauga, Ont., needed to get more production out of a... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: April Industrial Production Tumbles

U.S. industrial production in April fell a sharp 0.6 percent as both manufacturing and uti... More >>
Analytics Technologies Drive Transformation in Workforce Management

Big Data and predictive analytics are allowing companies to improve their workforce recruitment and ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing PMI Chief Bullish on Growth

The head of one of the nation’s closely watched manufacturing indexes says the rest of 2014 wi... More >>
Manufacturing Finds Its Way Into the Cloud

As businesses of all sizes in all industries gain confidence in cloud computing, manufacturers, in p... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Jobs Surge Spurs Bullish Q2 Expectations

The U.S. labor market stunningly blew away analyst expectations by adding 288,000 jobs in April, the... More >>
Collaboration Network Solves Problems in Shop-Floor Integration

Okuma America Corp. makes lathes, machining centers, and grinders. But when a customer comes to the ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Late Rally Lifts 1st-Quarter Auto Sales

U.S. auto sales in the first quarter of this year paced 13 percent ahead of the same quarter last ye... More >>
New Complexities in Enterprise IT Call for Context-Aware Security

IT security experts are increasingly highlighting “context awareness” and “situati... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Industrial Production Has a Healthy March

U.S. industrial production in March beat forecasts with a 0.7 percent expansion on the str... More >>
GM Pursues IT Insourcing for Better Alignment and Economics

General Motors is nearing completion of its groundbreaking effort to bring its U.S. IT resources in-... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Small Business Confidence Brightens

Small business owners felt more confident in March, reversing some February pessimism, and expect mo... More >>
Beyond Landlines and Cell: How to Stay Connected in Post-Disaster Recovery

Flooding at telecommunications hubs during and after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 resulted in los... More >>
Technology Is Providing Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility, but What's Next?

Emerging technologies are giving businesses real-time visibility into logistics -- not just within t... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Consumer Spending Buoys Q4 GDP

The U.S. economy grew by 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a th... More >>
Persistent Security Threats Push Organizations to Continuous Vulnerability Monitoring

Accelerating security threats are prompting companies to ever-more-frequent assessment and monitorin... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Production Roars Back

U.S. factory output posted an unexpectedly sharp rebound in February that all but reversed January&r... More >>
Open Networking Promises to Set IT Managers Loose, Spur Innovation

New developments in open networking are giving enterprises the ability to design and operate their n... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Small Business Confidence Deteriorates

Optimism among small business owners dropped last month after a flat January, as uncertainty about t... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Coming Out of Hibernation

U.S. factory orders in January slipped for the second straight month, and the brutal winter proved a... More >>
Companies Want to Get Social in their Enterprise Collaboration

Collaboration technologies are allowing employees to communicate in real time and work together more... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Obama Adds Manufacturing Research Hubs

President Barack Obama last week unveiled two more manufacturing innovation institutes in his Nation... More >>
M2M Communication Is Prelude to "Smart" Manufacturing Systems

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in manufacturing operations are helping manufacturers produc... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Sign of Rebound After Early-Year Slump

One of the two closely watched purchasing managers indexes shows that U.S. manufacturing is reboundi... More >>
Love Your MOM: Before Your Software and System Integration, Harness the People

A new study by Cambridge, Mass.-based advisory firm LNS Research shows that the best-performing manu... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Small Businesses Fighting to Stay Upbeat

At the start of 2014, small business owners were optimistic about their sales and hiring expectation... More >>
Manufacturing Innovation Hubs to Take U.S. Into Next-Gen Technology Leadership

A series of manufacturing research hubs that the Obama administration wants to establish underlines ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Job Growth Continues to Stumble

Hiring in the U.S. remained sluggish in January, as payrolls expanded by a mere 113,000 jobs, well s... More >>
BYOD on the Factory Floor: A Boon or Trouble?

Manufacturing workplaces are confronting the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend that enterprises in ... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Economy Can’t Shake Stop-and-Go Fits

U.S. gross domestic product grew by 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, a reinforcing si... More >>
What Can Google Bring with its Move Into Industrial Robotics?

Eight recent company acquisitions by Google Inc. point to an intriguing conclusion: The te... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: China’s Manufacturing Sector Retrenches

China’s manufacturing sector continues to weaken as the country fights an economic slowdown an... More >>
The Future of Advanced Automation in Precision Machining

As manufacturers push for tighter tolerances, smaller components, and faster turnaround, advanced au... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Industrial Production Has Best Quarter in 3 Years

U.S. industrial production in December rose by 0.3 percent, closing out 2013 with five straight... More >>
Many Companies Ill-Prepared for Compliance with Conflict Minerals Regulation

With just four short months left before publicly traded electronics component manufacturers doing bu... More >>
Industry Crib Sheet: Trade Deficit Narrows Again, but Gap with China On Pace to Be Biggest Ever

The national unemployment rate dropped another 0.3 percent to 6.7 percent in December, but the U.S. ... More >>

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