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Manufacturing eBooks

Product Lifecycle Management and Manufacturing Execution in the Factory of the Future

In a fast-changing market environment, and despite the promise of modern-day product planning and evolving manufacturing systems, production-oriented businesses face daunting challenges. Factories aren't going away -- but they are changing and they must evolve. The disciplines and capabilities of Product Lifecycle Management and Manufacturing Execution Systems will play substantial roles in that evolution. Download this eBook and learn more about PLM and MES in the Factory of the Future. Read Now!

 

The Industrial Internet of Things: An Evolution to a Smart Manufacturing Enterprise

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is not about ripping out current automation systems in order to replace them with new ones. The potential lies in the ability to link automation systems with enterprise planning, scheduling and product lifecycle systems. This eBook analyzes how the linkage can be implemented across the complete enterprise value chain in order to enable greater business control. Experts also offer perspectives regarding key aspects of IIoT deployment. Read Now!

 

Current white papers

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      A How-To Guide for Customer Service

      Whether you are in customer service, or technical support or a management team, the pressure is on. It is a world where customer satisfaction has never been more important – and never more difficult to maintain, where traditional product organizations are shifting to a service paradigm, and traditional cost centers are being transformed into revenue generators. We took a look at this evolving world and gathered together some practical ideas for getting the most out of your support organization....More
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      For Manufacturing Customer Service, a New Way to Look at Support

      Manufacturers are finding themselves focused more on customer engagement than product features. As the role of customer service departments becomes more strategic in response, there is increased pressure to transform what has traditionally been a cost center to a profit maker....More
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      Embraer Flies High with New Service Parts Strategy

      As its customer base has grown, the company has experienced a dramatic increase in the demand for aftermarket parts services. Embraer’s logistics team concluded that its ERP and legacy systems were not able to meet the needs of its increasingly complex services organization. Learn how Embraer used service parts management to optimize their inventory....More
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      Optimize Service Parts for Profits

      A service supply chain must be managed effectively to ensure that service parts are available at the point of service. By optimizing service parts management, you can build customer value and boost your bottom line....More
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      Why Planning for Service is a Top Priority

      In this age of increasing product commoditization, how well you prepare to leverage services for your products may be your company’s clearest path to a competitive edge. If thoroughly and effectively planning for service isn’t one of your highest priorities, it can and should be. Your goal: to give your service people all that they need to manage the complexities of service and determine their service priorities successfully....More
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      When It's Time to Rethink Your PLM

      If you are trying to manage modern products with 20-year old PLM tools, it is worth taking a step back and evaluating how cloud PLM has evolved, and whether your current PLM system is still suitable for your changing business....More
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      Attacking Risk at its Roots

      Manufacturing and industrial organizations are using the vast amount of production data available in The Connected Enterprise to improve productivity, quality and efficiencies...More
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      Virtualization in Industrial Plants

      Traditional systems are no longer sufficient for handling downtime. Modern technology, specifically virtualization coupled with fault tolerance, mitigates downtime—both planned and unplanned—to allow plants to operate smarter, faster and safer, and simplify overall system management. Just a few years ago, virtualization was a relatively unknown concept in the industrial sector. However, by the end of 2020, 75% of companies in the space will have adopted virtual server platforms for running SCADA, HMI, Historian and MES....More
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      Cross-Sector Success Guide for SCADA

      Traditional systems are no longer sufficient for handling downtime. Modern technology, specifically virtualization coupled with fault tolerance, mitigates downtime—both planned and unplanned—to allow plants to operate smarter, faster and safer, and simplify overall system management. Just a few years ago, virtualization was a relatively unknown concept in the industrial sector. However, by the end of 2020, 75% of companies in the space will have adopted virtual server platforms for running SCADA, HMI, Historian and MES....More
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      Trends in Accelerating Performance Improvements

      Organizations with such outdated automation systems are in dire need of OT modernization to keep up with the pace of change, customer demands and business priorities, and reduce the risk of critical failures and costly downtime. Download to learn more!...More
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      The Path to Lowest Cost of Ownership with Industrial Automation Systems

      Maximizing the life of systems is the most sure-fire way to achieve lowest TCO. High availability and fault-tolerant solutions not only produce a higher return by significantly reducing the cost of downtime, they also have a lower overall cost of ownership over the life of the solution....More
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      The Total Cost of Downtime in Industrial Automation

      Unplanned downtime is a major source of significant extra costs, a productivity killer and destroyer of efficiencies. Unplanned outages result in 10 times the cost of scheduled downtime. Cost of unplanned downtime is big $$$ and a big risk. It will negatively impact your bottom line ... and it's avoidable....More
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      The Components of Lowest Total Cost of Ownership with Automation Systems

      Unplanned downtime is the #1 enemy of enhanced productivity and higher efficiencies and is a major driver of unplanned costs. Download this infographic to learn how savings from reduced downtime costs can translate into increased ROI....More
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      Trade Credit Insurance Unlocking Global Growth

      Manufacturers have several options they can consider to minimize bad debt risk while helping to grow their sales. One of the most effective tools is trade credit insurance. A trade credit insurance program provides manufacturers with the flexibility and confidence they need to move into new markets....More
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      Exporting Myths: 7 Misconceptions and the Facts

      The discussion between what is fact and what is a myth has always existed. However, in order to make sure the facts are being heard and supported, it's important to discuss them periodically. In the business world, common "negative" myths about exporting are ubiquitous. Download this paper to break down these myths and give you a quick snapshot of the new reality....More
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      Export Negotiating: Offer Credit Terms and Protect Your Foreign Receivables

      Asking your foreign buyers to pay cash up front for your "Made in the USA" product is a great deal for you, the exporter, but are you losing business to competitors who are offering credit terms?...More
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      US Export Assistance Centers

      American businesses are increasingly turning to exports as a source of opportunity, growth and diversification. Though foreign markets are more accessible than ever, exporting can be more complicated than doing business domestically and presents a unique set of challenges. Business owners with an eye on the international marketplace should not be deterred. There are powerful resources to empower exporters to overcome obstacles to global growth. One such resource -- the network of U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEACs) -- should be on every exporter’s radar....More
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      Opening Doors to Global Growth

      Midsize manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to differentiate themselves from larger competitors. Most companies are aware of the opportunities available in global markets but struggle to get started. Here, we explore three reasons why trade credit insurance is a critical component of any global growth plan....More
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      Four Use Cases Show Real-World Impact of IoT

      This TDWI e-book explores in detail what IoT means and does for retailers, the automotive industry, state and local governments working with utilities firms, and the manufacturing industry....More
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      Manufacturers' View of Capital Project and Operational Performance

      A joint research initiative of IndustryWeek and Emerson, this survey explores industrial companies’ views on the challenges of achieving operational excellence and outstanding performance on capital projects....More
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      The Five Questions Business Managers Need to Talk to IT about Faster Enterprise Mobility

      You know your smartphone has incredible power in your personal life. So why can’t you have that same power in your professional life?...More
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      Building a Mobile Centre of Excellence: Where to Start and How to Succeed

      A Mobile Centre of Excellence (MCoE) is a dedicated resource within an organization, put in place to guide the mobile strategy in its entirety across all lines of business....More
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      How To Connect Your Enterprise and Create the Factory of the Future

      The Factory of the Future is Demand-Driven, fully digital, connected and transparent to provide real customer value – and a more competitive market position....More
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      Don't Be Fooled by the Wrong MES

      Avoid the expense of customization and choose the right Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for the right job....More
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      Tapping the Value of our Interconnected World

      Join us on a journey through the end-to-end omnichannel operation to see how leaders plan to grow their advantage....More
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      The Future of Manufacturing: 2020 and Beyond

      The management and technology priorities enabling global competitiveness in the years ahead....More
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      2016 Reality Check: Transforming Industrial Businesses with the Internet of Things

      Many business leaders are sold on the potential benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) but aren’t sure where to get started or where they need to invest. Some of those that have made investments are struggling with legacy systems and practices, as well as the question of near-term return on investment. This research report explores current adoption levels, challenges and the impact of IIoT technology on manufacturing companies. Read Now!...More
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      Expand Into New Markets Overseas: An Exporter's Checklist

      Many small to midsize U.S. businesses have experience in the export game, others are only beginning to learn the rules, and still others have yet to try their hand at competing on a global stage. Download this white paper to discover solutions your company can utilize to grow your business....More
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      Financing Exports to Boost Sales

      You’ve found an overseas trading partner, and the buyer has placed a multi-million-dollar order. Now, only one challenge remains -- how do you obtain financing? Download this white paper to discover how....More
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      SCM World: Customer-Centric Organizations Lead on Omnichannel Investments

      Join us on a journey through the end-to-end omnichannel operation to see how leaders plan to grow their advantage....More
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      Customer-Centric Supply Chain: Omnichannel Leaders Plan to Widen the Gap

      See why you should digitize the supply chain, use imperfect data – different from bad data, collaborate with customer care teams, and develop supply-chain services....More
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      A Basic Guide to Exporting -- 11th Edition

      For more than 70 years, A Basic Guide to Exporting has given companies the information they need to establish and grow their business in international markets. Whether you’re new to exporting or just want to learn the latest ideas and techniques, this will give you the nuts-and-bolts information you need....More
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      Adventures in Exporting: Lessons Learned From the Field

      Download this white paper to discover solutions your company can utilize to grow your business, whether you are already exporting or are just beginning to explore....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Automation Solutions

      Download this case study to see how Automation Solutions -- an Oregon-based provider of systems integration, programming, control panels and field support to manufacturers in the automation machinery industry -- used EXIM Bank Export Credit Insurance to generate a 15% sales increase to a Malaysian partner....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: CECA Supply & Services

      Download this case study to see how CECA Supply & Services Inc. -- a Texas-based supplier of oilfield equipment whose primary customers are Algerian state-owned enterprises -- uses EXIM Bank working capital loan guarantees to overcome the challenges of working with their overseas customers....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Collection 2000 Cosmetics

      Download this case study to see how Collection 2000 Cosmetics, Inc. -- a Florida-based manufacturer and marketer of personal care and perfume products targeting women -- was saved from an unexpected 6-figure loss through multi-buyer Small Business Export Credit Insurance....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: DemeTech

      Download this case study to see how DemeTech Corporation -- a Florida-based manufacturer that produces and exports surgical sutures and blades -- turned to EXIM Bank for assistance to access business financing. After insuring its foreign accounts receivable using export credit insurance DemeTech was able to access working capital from its bank, which improved its cash flow and liquidity -- resulting in more customers and bigger deals....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Los Kitos Produce

      Download this case study to see how Los Kitos Produce (LKP) -- a California-based network of growers, packers, and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables -- used multi-buyer Small Business Export Credit Insurance from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) to grow its exports...More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Magnolia Metal & Plastic Products, Inc.

      Download this case study to see how Magnolia Metal & Plastic Products, Inc. -- a Vicksburg, Miss.-based manufacturer of window and door components -- has worked with the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office (MDA) to increase their exports. This "mom and pop shop" has seen supercharged growth in their Chilean business, and are covered for up to 95% of their shipped goods in case of distributor default....More
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      EXIM Bank Case Study: Slade Inc.

      Download this case study to see how Slade Inc. -- a Statesville, N.C.-based manufacturer of fluid-sealing products for industrial equipment, specifically pumps and valves that serve the steam, nuclear and water hydro-electric plants, pulp and paper mills, and petrochemical and oil and gas industries -- has worked with the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) to increase their international market share -- expanding their export sales to over 65 countries....More
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      The Internet of Things: Finding the Path to Value

      This IndustryWeek Special Research Report gauges the current and planned usage of IoT technology and analytics by US manufacturers. It also explores how manufacturers can develop a specific IoT strategy and apply analytics more widely across their organizations to drive revenue, cut costs and innovate....More
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