Articles & News on Operations & Management

IDG Survey: Only 25% have completed initial IT modernization goals

  • News

The survey, “The State of IT Modernization 2020,” examined the maturity of efforts to optimize IT operating environments, cloud strategies, applications and processes, including progress made, barriers encountered, and variations in initiatives at different phases of the journey.

Ivanti Report: Nearly half (48%) of IT professionals spend weeks, or more, renegotiating vendor contracts

  • News

The resulting data shows vendor management and contract negotiation are particularly time-consuming endeavors for IT professionals. Half (50%) reported they work with 11 or more different vendors and nearly half (48%) claim they can spend weeks, or months, renegotiating vendor contracts each year. 

OPC Foundation announces Michael Clark as Director of OPC Foundation North America

  • News

Mr. Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director, selected Mr. Clark to serve in this capacity, to support OPC North American membership, and to function as a spokesperson for the Foundation throughout the region.

Women in Manufacturing Association announces election of 25 members to its 2020 Board of Directors

  • News

WiM is a national association specifically dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing sector.

ABI Research Report: Record $46 billion 2019 investment in robotics industry

  • News

Most of the funding was focused on autonomous passenger vehicles (APV’s), surgical robotics, and warehouse automation, with significant growth for field robotics and drone services.

Plex Systems Study: Only 24% of manufacturers have implemented smart manufacturing initiatives

  • News

The study, which was developed with the support of the research and analyst firm LNS Research, found that among global manufacturers only 24% have currently implemented a smart manufacturing initiative. 

SATO joins RAIN RFID Alliance

  • News

The RAIN RFID alliance aims for the advancement of IoT technologies, with specific focus on promotion of the UHF RFID standard (ISO/IEC 18000-63 and GS1’s EPC “Gen2”) through the testing, support and education of service providers and end users.

12 supply companies unite to form Körber

  • News

Together as K├Ârber, the companies are a global supply chain technology provider with a diverse range of capabilities spanning software, automation, voice, robotics and material handling equipment, including the system integration and consulting to tie it all together.

EPLAN announces strategic partnership with Revere Electric Supply

  • News

The EPLAN-Revere partnership is intended to bring together decades of acute business strategy, product development and technological advancement and deployment to support digital transformations.
 

Ergonomic SaaS Automation During COVID-19

  • by Sam Bradbury and Mark Heidebrecht
  • Opinion

By Sam Bradbury and Mark Heidebrecht
Until now it was nearly impossible to cost-effectively automate ergonomic functions. In-depth plant-site visits and evaluations were needed. That has all changed in this era of COVID-19.