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Working the Lines

Do-it-yourself phone systems are getting more sophisticated--and the prices are dropping all the time. Do-it-yourself phone systems are getting more sophisticated--and the prices are dropping all the time. From Business Week Online: Frontier - The Resource for Entrepreneurshttp://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_37/b3698035.htm

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Association Point of View: FMA on E-Commerce

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has been a pivotal educational force in metal forming and fabricating technologies. Along with the Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA) and its publications constituent, The Croydon Group, the FMA has spent the last 30 years providing its 3,000 members with practical technical information. Concerning E-commerce endeavors,...

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Visa Combating Online Fraud

With e-business growing rapidly, concerns about security are increasing right along with it. With that in mind, Visa U.S.A. is implementing 10 new security rules for internet transactions involving their cards. According to Visa U.S.A., the highest source of Internet-related telephone and mail-order sale frauds in 1999 were due to stolen account numbers. Visa, the world's largest payment card...

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The New Business- to- Business Salesperson

The increasing demands of e-commerce are requiring new approaches to all aspects of business, and a revised sales strategy is certainly integral to success. The rise of e-commerce means sweeping changes for companies whose primary customers are other businesses. Effective selling in the world of business-to-business e-commerce is going to require a new set of skills. This is because these clients...

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Successful E-Procurement at Work

As with any new technology, once you've navigated the initial bumps in the road, the end result is well worth the journey. Read more about selecting a vendor that will integrate best with your company's procurement system to assure the smoothest trip possible. The wrinkled business of procurement is gradually being ironed out with the help of e-commerce technology. Business-to-business...

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Getting a Perspective on Rubber Hydroforming

The use of rubber for hydroforming has demonstrated widespread use and an enduring popularity. Hydroforming, for those who are not familiar with the term, is a process by which hydraulic pressure is exerted upon the surface of a workpiece to form a desired shape. The mediums for transmitting this pressure are hydraulic fluid, cast elastomer shapes and rubber. Rubber, when it is confined in a die...

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CNC Machining: Is it Time to Automate?

Machine shops seeking a more cost-effective method of CNC-machining should look to automation as a potential solution - and timing is everything. Professionals in the automated CNC machining field suggest that automation can improve quality of machined parts, decrease setup time, stop fluctuations in production rates and raise the average percentage of functional machine tools in a shop from 65...

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Putting Process Simulation to Work

Many manufacturers have started creating processes and prototypes with the aid of simulation software. Implementing this soft process not only saves them time and money, but results in even more precisely crafted products. Many of today's manufacturing engineers are using high-powered computer software to simulate stamping, forging, casting, molding and machining processes on screen. Without...

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How to Outsource Your High-Tech Headaches

If managing your computers is a constant headache, here's a thought: Forget about it. Let someone else fiddle with memory and fuss with bandwidth while you and your staff focus on something you actually understand--your business. Believe it or not, it just may be possible. If managing your computers is a constant headache, here's a thought: Forget about it. Let someone else fiddle with memory and...

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Be Ready: All Companies Need an Equipment Maintenance Action Plan

Preventive maintenance can substantially lower costs by being proactive rather than reactive. For many industrial companies routine equipment maintenance is an accepted and necessary aspect of business; an economically sound measure that reduces the chances of on-site equipment failure and extends the service life of equipment and machines. The money ultimately saved by preventive maintenance...

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