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Smarter Maintenance: Using CMMS As An Improvement Driver For Your Maintenance

A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is a valuable asset to plant maintenance operations. This article highlights what functionalities it can offer and how it can benefit plants.  Maintaining plant equipment at peak performance is a complex and never-ending process. With challenges around aging components and parts obsolescence, the longer assets operate, the more complex […]

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How Emergency Response is Evolving with Next-Generation 911

When 9-1-1 was first introduced, it was built to support landlines and analog devices. With 80 percent or more of 9-1-1 calls now coming from wireless devices, Next-Generation 911 (NG911) was created to reflect the mobile, digital, fast-paced world we live in and to support a range of communication mediums including texts, photos and videos. […]

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Make the American Jobs Plan Work for You

Labor shortages have gripped the United States across industries, with in-person field work being particularly hard hit. This trend is based on several factors, including an aging workforce, COVID-19, and employee expectations. Recruiting and retaining employees has become a problem in almost every industry, and utilities is no exception. Labor challenges are forcing many decision-makers […]

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What is desktop virtualization?

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many companies to adopt a fully remote or hybrid working environment, which, in turn, necessitated investment in new technology to support their workforces. This article highlights how desktop virtualization can help reduce technology costs while improving management capabilities.   With Working from Home and remote working increasingly becoming the “new normal” of […]

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Don’t be left short-handed

Keeping track of high-value assets, equipment, fleet maintenance, and consumables is a time-consuming task that can put a strain on personnel and eat into budgets. However, the alternative is far worse: a lack of knowledge about equipment readiness or the location of critical assets, shortages of in-demand consumables such as PPE, and shrinkage losses.   […]

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Manufacturing Business Trends to Include in 2022

The global manufacturing industry was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing manufacturers to adapt to the rapidly changing environment with new technologies. This article outlines key technology trends you should hop on to keep your company competitive in 2022.   The global economy took a hit in almost all industries as a consequence of […]

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Weathering the Storm: 4 Ways to Keep a Supply Chain Running During Natural Disasters

Catastrophic weather events and natural disasters have increased in frequency in recent years. This article offers actionable advice to keep your shipments moving in the face of storms, wildfires, and more. As the U.S. continues to battle massive wildfires up and down the West Coast, the next natural disaster has hit the country from the […]

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6 Edge Computing Trends to Watch in 2022

Edge computing rose quickly to prominence in B2B technology for its ability to enhance data processing speeds and reduce bandwidth requirements. The following article discusses edge computing trends you can expect to see in 2022.  Edge computing is getting “edgier.” The technology, which allows compute and processing resources to be moved closer to where data […]

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One Manufacturer’s Lessons For Handling The Supply Chain Shock Of 2021

One Phoenix-based manufacturer has endured the pandemic relatively well, all things considered. This story from Forbes highlights the experiences of National Safety Apparel, and how their established agility and preparedness gave them a leg up throughout COVID-19. A recent trip to Phoenix gave me a direct view of the issues plaguing global supply chains – […]

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Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0 aren’t independent

Though many businesses have barely begun their Industry 4.0 implementation, discussions about Industry 5.0 have already begun. This article from Gulf Industry discusses the differences between these two concepts and how they are connected. During the pandemic, the mass adoption of working from home, online shopping, food delivery and virtual events has caused discussion around […]

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