• Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Small Manufacturing Team

    12/18/2014
    Lori Payne

    Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail...

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  • What if Upgrading Your Manufacturing ERP Felt More Like a Discretionary Purchase?

    11/18/2014
    Ralf Suerken

    This is a common scene at small-/medium-sized manufacturers who want to upgrade their ERP: The CEO, CFO and CIO huddled in a room for a capital expenditures meeting. “How do we justify the cost versus the benefits?” “What else...

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  • How the Cloud is Turning Sign Manufacturers Into Profit Powerhouses

    11/04/2014
    Lauri Klaus

    As creators of award-winning software for sign companies, my team at KeyedIn® Solutions keeps a keen eye on the pulse of the signage industry, particularly the implications of Cloud computing. We know exactly how sign companies who want to...

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  • Why Configurability Matters for Manufacturing Software

    10/23/2014
    Katie Hilyar

    Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them? According to a Business Week article, The Case for...

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  • Is Your Custom Sign Manufacturing Software Actually Built for People Who Make Signs?

    09/29/2014
    Katie Hilyar

    A lot of business management software solutions—those that promise to help sign manufacturers easily manage and optimize everything from CRM to the shop floor—were developed as one-size-fits-all applications that didn’t take the...

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  • How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value for the "Family"

    09/25/2014
    Lori Payne

    Small manufacturing enterprises are more than balance sheets to the CEO, who has usually built the business from the ground up, painfully learning every detail of a successful company as a hands-on leader and final decision-maker. Often these...

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  • Technology Gives Sign Manufacturers the Power to Master the Shop

    08/29/2014
    Ralf Suerken

    Sign manufacturing leaders look for ways to improve the performance and value of their organizations. But the challenges are many: the pressure to keep costs down, find efficiencies that drive profit while impressing and retaining current...

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  • Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

    07/16/2014
    Dave Lechleitner

    Like it or not, the global economy brought higher pressure and thinner margins right to your doorstep. Nobody feels this as keenly as the production managers and shop foreman in the small manufacturing operation. These key individuals must...

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