As enterprises build out data center, headquarter, and even branch office networks with ever-increasing Ethernet speeds,
security infrastructure needs to keep up. In the last 3 years, a long list of firewall manufacturers have rolled out products that
support between 40G and 1T of aggregate throughput, and they’re all investigating the need to support new technologies and new physical interfaces at higher performance levels.
This issue of Custom Systems Magazine will discuss the recent influx of opportunities for custom system builders to enter the tablet PC market as serious competitors. Prior to the emergence of the iPad, it was difficult for system builders to get involved in the PC market, due to expensive parts and several different distribution outlets. But these days, tablet components are cheaper and easier to come by. There are more technology options to choose from, and manufacturers can purchase all their components from one distributor, allowing custom system builders and boutique PC makers to build customized tablets and still enjoy a margin to make it worth their while.
Industry reports all come to the same stunning conclusion: channel partners leave tens of billions of dollars in revenue on the table each and every year. Surprisingly, this lost opportunity is not in hardware or application integration, it’s in maintenance contract renewal revenues - money from sales of services essential for customers to operate. To change this forgotten potential into opportunity, resellers, distributors, and manufacturers must find a way to transform existing data into actionable intelligence. New contract management tools are now helping companies achieve this objective. By combining the two key functions of asset tracking and business intelligence, these tools are helping channel partners increase efficiency, better serve customers, and establishing strong streams of maintenance services revenue for the future. Learn more!
Companies that provide network services – system integrators, consultants, service providers, or network-attached equipment manufacturers – continually strive to improve client satisfaction and increase profitability, all while facing increased network complexity.
For project managers, directors or executives of companies that offer these services, this paper looks at the challenges faced by field teams and recommends some best practices to help them improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
Published By: SanDisk
Published Date: Oct 28, 2015
The video surveillance market is continuing to transition from analog to digital, with sales of IP-based solutions growing at about double the rate of analog systems.1 The shift to digital, along with the need for higher image quality, increased mobility and faster access, is creating a need for manufacturers and users of video surveillance equipment to explore newer storage technologies—in particular, solid-state drives (SSDs)
Eric Anderson, the president of Quassy Amusement Park in Connecticut, isn’t a web geek or technologist. He does, however, use technology to help automate his business in a number of innovative ways, like how rides connected to the Internet send signals back to the manufacturer when parts need to be replaced to how its arcade games rely on a virtual currency unique to the park.
Performance textiles and fabrics are rapidly bringing apparel and footwear products into the 21st century. Manufacturers today are innovating at breakneck speed and bringing to the market synthetic textiles and fabrics with enhanced performance characteristics, or that feature embedded fibers or topical applications. This has led to the widespread introduction of advanced performance apparel and footwear that offer you new levels of comfort and safety.
At the same time, sorting through claims regarding the performance characteristics of these advanced textiles and fabrics can present real challenges for manufacturers, retailers and you. At a minimum, the myriad of vague, conflicting or unsubstantiated marketing claims and characterizations used to promote these materials often result in frustration and disappointment. And fraudulent representations can unnecessarily expose apparel manufacturers and retail buyers to potentially hazardous chemicals and other risks.
Manufacturing suppliers range from approved vendors and contract manufacturers (CMs) who
only deliver materials and services to complex strategic partnerships. A transactional relationship based primarily on order fulfillment might work well for some companies. However, by taking a CM relationship to the next level of supplier-partner, organizations gain strategic benefits including cost savings, reduced risks, and optimized profits. The right cultural fit and the right-sized partner for your business can play a key role in building this long-term relationship.
Start the journey to operational and digital excellence by gaining a clear strategy for the first steps forward.
This resource includes:
• An executive summary of Smart Manufacturing
• Benchmarking manufacturing operations management
• The road to MOM 4.0
• Digital transformation is a vehicle, not a destination
• Recommendations to achieve digital excellence
Manufacturers need to start now and follow a clear path from corporate strategic objectives through to successful program implementation.
A&D manufacturers and their suppliers now depend more than ever on global supply chains. As they reach across time zones, languages and cultures, supply chains have to work around challenges that build up costs and drag down production schedules. Communication between distributed engineering and production centers can be labored and error-prone. These problems are often compounded by repetitive programming, incomplete simulations, time-intensive production methods, and concern that the shop floor may not be working with current data. Ideally, global companies should be able to design products at any location and produce them at selected sites, with all stakeholders from design to the shop floor working concurrently from a single unique global data source.
Understand how manufacturing companies can deliver machined parts faster and increase revenue by reducing costs – despite operating globally across time zones and cultures.
This spotlight report examines:
• How Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) or Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are key enablers of data management and Digital Transformation. Companies can combine many other opportunities with manufacturing operations in a digital journey.
• Product lifecycle management (PLM) as a high-value discipline to pair with MOM in discrete manufacturing, and the value of digital continuity across engineering, manufacturing operations, and supply chain.
• A robust integration of MOM and PLM technologies and the advent of the Digital Twin (a virtual copy of the product and how it's made) to demonstrate maturity in Smart Manufacturing and the ability to make smart products in smart factories.
The IIoT has opened up a world of opportunity for manufacturers. Take advantage of it.
By processing real-time data from machine sensors using artificial intelligence and machine learning, it’s possible to predict critical events and take preventive action to avoid problems. TIBCO helps manufacturers around the world predict issues with greater accuracy, reduce downtime, increase quality, and improve yield.
Read about our top data science best practices for becoming a smart manufacturer.
While simple fixes may cost a few thousand dollars, lost revenue from equipment failures can run into the millions of dollars in lost productivity and replacement costs. There can be longer-term impacts, too, if the downtime inhibits a manufacturer’s ability to meet customer needs.
That’s why it is important for companies to think about lubrication and equipment maintenance holistically, recognizing that short term cost savings may be leading to bigger, preventable expenses over the long term.
By adopting a total cost of ownership (TCO) program, companies can find efficiencies they didn’t even know existed and reap benefits they didn’t realize were possible. Download our white paper, “The Cost Reduction Game,” to learn more about how a TCO program can help increase equipment reliability, extend equipment life, and lower energy costs.
The Industrial Machinery industry is changing slower than it ever will and faster than it ever has. And customer demands are evolving at speeds never seen before. For companies serious about innovating at scale and transforming their business in order to dominate their market, it will take innovative thinking, disruptive technology and near flawless execution. This challenge, perhaps best described as the perfect blend of art and science, is more than achievable, but only if you have the right partner. Which is why we want you to meet Leonardo, by SAP. SAP Leonardo is a digital innovation system that enables organizations of all sizes to transform at scale with minimal risk and disruption. SAP Leonardo brings new technologies and services together to help businesses power their digital transformation. SAP Leonardo proves that truly transformative and sustainable innovation happens when technology, people, and data are combined.
The technology market is giving significant attention to Big Data and analytics as a way to provide insight for decision making support; but how far along is the adoption of these technologies across manufacturing organizations? During a February 2013 survey of over 100 manufacturers we examined behaviors of organizations that measure effective decision making as part of their enterprise performance management efforts. This Analyst Insight paper reveals the results of this survey.
B/E Aerospace is the worldwide leading manufacturer of aircraft passenger cabin interior products and the leading global distributor of aerospace fasteners for commercial, business jet, and military markets. The company has leading worldwide market shares in all major product lines and serves virtually all of the world’s airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and leasing companies through its direct global sales and customer support organizations. Headquartered in Wellington, Florida, B/E Aerospace has grown to nearly 12,000 employees and 220 sites around the world and a true follow-the-sun model for global customer support.
Many manufacturers are pursuing the immense business benefits available from digitizing and connecting their factories. Major gains in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), reduced downtime, and manufacturing flexibility can be achieved with a factory that is digitized and connected. By providing visibility to machines and processes, manufacturers can anticipate issues that create unplanned downtime. By putting in place a secure, converged and wireless-ready network, manufacturers can have a platform that enables the agility to quickly start up new machines, cells, and lines, and rapidly deliver new products.
As the world around us becomes increasingly digital, manufacturers must follow suit. Digital transformation presents significant opportunities to achieve growth by addressing key operational issues and aligning products and services to the demands of today’s market.
Growth looks different for every company, and with the vast array of digital technologies available, it can be hard to know where to start. Which technologies offer the greatest opportunity for your company to grow? How can you successfully embrace the digital revolution?
Epicor has a history of helping manufacturers achieve growth by utilizing cutting-edge technology. By downloading these digital transformation assets, you will:
• Understand what growth might look like for your business
• Assess the capabilities needed to support your digital transformation journey
• Explore best practices to implement your digital transformation strategy
• Learn how to capitalize on growth opportunities with speed and conviction
As an automotive parts or components manufacturer, you may be both encouraged and challenged by a growing number of trends in the automotive marketplace. From disruptive trends in product developments—such as electric vehicles, advanced assistance and safety capabilities, and driverless vehicles—to trade tariff increases, regulation changes, and higher interest rates, it’s apparent that change is in the air
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Published By: Broadsoft
Published Date: Jun 14, 2017
Many premises-based phone system (PBX) manufacturers claim that the five year costs of their systems are lower than an equivalent cloud alternative. What the premises guys don’t tell you about is all the extra little hidden costs that come as a result of the limitations of the hardware and software in their systems. This guide will provide you with useful questions to ask your PBX manufacturer to ensure that you're getting the full picture on the cost of their system.
Questions to Ask During an Evaluation:
• Have you sized this system for my peak demand?
• Have you factored in the cost of site redundancy?
• How many hours of call recording are included?
• How is mobility supported? Do calls route in an out of the PBX for call treatment?
• What are the annual maintenance costs of the hardware and software in this system?
• Which third party systems have you integrated this PBX with?
Imagine a young, urban couple with their third baby on the way. They’re ready to make the oft-dreaded leap to a minivan, and it’s time to decide on a brand and a model. While dad checks safety ratings and online reviews, mom calls her friends to ask how they like their own vans. Together, they review and compare features on the manufacturer’s website and later “build” their dream minivan, choosing colors, fabrics, floor mats, and other accessories—all without leaving their living room. Perfect car in hand and confident that they’ve chosen the best one for their needs, they arrive at the dealership and walk onto the showroom floor, ready to finally meet their salesperson.