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Supply chain: what supply chain?

IT vendors now talk about little but the supply chain. What do they mean by it? And how closely do their solutions match industrial companies’ real needs? As John Dwyer reports, many supply chain problems can be solved ...

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Taking maintenance out onto the web

Information sharing across maintenance and the rest of the enterprise via the web looks like a sensible way forward. But Dom Pancucci says don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.

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More than engineering’s link into manufacturing?

Getting a good perspective on what CAD/CAM and PDM software can do for you isn’t trivial. Beyond the alarming alphabet soup of acronyms, there are conflicting messages from competing software vendors and analysts. Dr ...

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Getting the best out of what you’ve got

There are immense benefits to be gained from getting into advanced planning and scheduling (APS) – specific types notwithstanding. Geoff Lock and Brian Tinham get behind the jargon and look at what APS can help you ...

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Plant integration: the time is now

Integration between business systems and the plant/factory floor has been the poor relation to enterprise application integration. But the imperatives have changed. Brian Tinham urges managers to get this well and truly ...


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