Category Archives: Discrete Manufacturing

Ransomware: A Tale of Two Different Manufacturers

It wasn’t long after I published my last blog post when I came across news that a major manufacturer announced it was hit by a major cyberattack. According to TechCrunch, Aebi Schmidt was hit by a ransomware attack. The large-scale European manufacturer of road-cleaning and airport maintenance vehicles had its… Read more »

4 ways time is relative when installing a new ERP system

One of the most common questions we get from both prospects and customers is how long does a new ERP implementation take. The answer is simple: It depends. That’s not an answer most people want to hear. But it’s true. Installing a new ERP system produces many variables that may… Read more »

3 Ways to Know You’re Ready for a New ERP System

Implementing a new ERP system is not a decision manufacturers take lightly. Manufacturers do not simply walk into a store and purchase an ERP system. An ERP implementation can take several months to more than a year, and more likely than not includes working with a partner to help with… Read more »

Tech helps defense contractors gain accuracy, speed

Earlier this week, I was looking at some of the manufacturing articles on the Today’s Motor Vehicles website. I came across an interesting one about a more streamlined way for defense contractors to have their products approved for R&D and manufacturing. The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining launched… Read more »

South Carolina Builds Pipeline to Lean Manufacturing Jobs

Last year, the folks at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina, noticed a major problem: What do you do when lean manufacturing jobs come to town but your local population isn’t qualified to fill them? It was big news back in 2015 when Volvo announced its first-ever American factory… Read more »

Discrete manufacturers spending big on cloud technology

In a few weeks, Greg Lafferty is going to have another chance to share his knowledge about The Cloud when he presents “Mysteries of the Cloud: Solved” during the Plug & Cutting Conference. While I was updating the slide deck last week, it got me thinking about The Cloud and… Read more »