Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor

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Mobility July 1, 2009

2009 Innovation Insight Awards: Getting pricing right

MOST INNOVATIVE PROCESS ¦ FOURTH PLACE Having exhausted most of their ideas for cutting operating costs, a growing number of corporate executives are looking at how the prices they charge for products and services impact the bottom line. Zilliant, a supplier of price optimization software, is glad to be a part of such discussions.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Control Systems 2 July 1, 2009

2009 Innovation Insight Awards: Food manufacturer bags big savings with performance management solution

MOST INNOVATIVE PROCESS ¦ THIRD PLACE Parsec Automation develops software that makes manufacturing operations more efficient. This past year Parsec used its flagship TrakSYS package to help a canned food manufacturer determine the best strategy for revamping its production lines. That project earned Parsec Automation third place in the Most Innovative Process category in MBT's 2009 Innovat...

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics July 1, 2009

2009 Innovation Insight Awards: Rolls-Royce Energy Systems creates quote-generating "machine"

MOST INNOVATIVE PROCESS ¦ FIRST PLACE In early 2008, the sales and marketing department at Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. was struggling to keep up with customer requests for quotes on the company's oil and gas and power generation equipment. Even worse, many of the quotes that eventually went to customers contained inaccurate costing information, a situation that was eating into the com...

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics July 1, 2009

2009 Innovation Insight Awards: Here’s to virtualization

MOST INNOVATIVE PROCESS ¦ SECOND PLACE SABMiller RUS discovered the business value of virtualization technology—and as a result, earned second place for the Most Innovative Process in MBT's 2009 Innovation Insight Awards competition. SABMiller RUS, a subsidiary of SABMiller, Plc, distributes well known brands of beer—including Miller and Coors—in the Russian market.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Info Management May 12, 2009

High-performance: Windows-based supercomputers tackle mainstream business problems

As cluster-based high-performance computing becomes more affordable, more mainstream manufacturers are turning to the technology. Automotive and aerospace companies are using Microsoft's High-Performance Computing Server. One benefit is decreased problem-solving time. 

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 1, 2009

Supply chains at risk: Companies tap new technology to enact smart contingency plans—inbound and outbound

Last June, Cary, Ill.-based Sage Products asked for a voluntary recall of certain lots of a preoperative skin preparation product. For Sage, a manufacturer of personal care products sold to hospitals and medical practitioners, the measure was precautionary: A batch of chlorhexidine gluconate, bought from an outside supplier, had been found to contain the burkholderia cepacia bacterium.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
PID, APC March 1, 2009

Double shot and score: Link your advanced control systems to predictive models to improve plant yield, profitability

Built in 2005, East Kansas Agri Energy's ethanol plant in Garnett, Kan., was designed to produce ethanol from locally grown corn. But soon after the plant was first commissioned—with demand for fuel ethanol soaring—management started looking for ways to increase production capacity and reduce energy costs.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
PID, APC November 1, 2008

A strategic platform: Chemical maker finds ERP fully supports its growth-through-acquisition strategy

Vertellus Specialties, a $450-million-a-year manufacturer of chemicals, could be the subject of two business-school case studies. One would explore the reasons behind the company's history of mergers & acquisitions. The other would document why the company settled on a single ERP system to support the business through those transitions.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Info Management October 14, 2008

Accelerating improvement: A fully integrated ERP suite inspires strategic thinking

Back when Miniature Precision Components first looked at EnterpriseIQ, an enterprise platform from IQMS, the obvious attraction was the ability of the ERP system to link machines on the shop floor to applications at the enterprise level. But managers soon discovered that once EnterpriseIQ reached the shop floor, there were many more connectivity advantages to leverage.

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
Workforce Development October 1, 2008

Serving up better business performance

Seeking better insight to plant-floor performance, Premier Manufacturing Corp. instigated a system under which employees filled out production cards that administrative personnel then keyed into analysis systems. The logic was simple. “Manufacturers in America face stiff competition from overseas, so we have to get smarter about making ourselves more competitive,” explains Dave Barn...

By Malcolm Wheatley, Senior Contributing Editor
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