Business & Industry

Are You Ready to Manage Your Warehouse Via the Web?

Vendors are currently courting the warehouse management field with a new line of web-based management software. Before you rush into a purchase, be sure the software is really what your business needs -- and if you even need it at all. As the vendors of warehouse management software begin offering web-based packages to their clients, warehouse managers have the option of putting their operations...

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Survey Compares US Airport Warehouse Rental Costs

The distance between a company's warehouse and the nearest airport is key to on-time delivery of goods, especially in the Internet age. However, distribution efficiency often forces a choice between accessibility and high-storage costs. The emergence of the Internet as a means of commerce has brought with it the increased pressure of shipping goods more rapidly. To remain competitive,...

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Space Age Solutions for Today's Transportation Woes

Increasingly burdensome highway congestion threatens to further slow industry's ability to move product. Researchers looking into expanding development of relatively new technology for building Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are hoping to ease the gridlock. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has estimated that a collective five billion hours per year are lost as trucks and...

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The Age of the Infrastructure

The sober realization that many companies do not have the necessary infrastructure to support fully automated business has attracted enormous investments in the infrastructure. Despite the death of the dotcoms, and the solemn air of a sagging economy, the Internet is steadily growing and changing the face of industry. Online businesses are scrambling to improve their sites' content, and handle an...

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The Need for Speed: Making the Internet Go Faster

For many businesses, the key element the Internet is lacking is speed. Fortunately, there is technology in development that will soon provide a much-needed turbo boost to the web. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an organization of government and private sector powers, is about to approve the Symmetric High Bit Rate Digital Subscriber Line (G.SHDSL) for use by the business sector....

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U.S. Faces Possible Power Woes

California was the first region to suffer blackouts from an overtaxed energy supply but they may not be the last. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, a research group of the energy industry, last month, only forty-eight hours worth of blackout time was enough to cost California businesses $1.9 billion in lost productivity. It was undoubtedly such a figure that, last month,...

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Eye on Washington: Your One Stop for Government Issues Affecting Industry

To find out about a proposed program that is earmarked to help small/mid-sized manufacturers transact business online, the possible extension of the Internet Sales Tax moratorium; and The Supreme Court's surprising decision regarding the Clean Air Act, click: Most e-commerce studies of U.S. companies have indicated that small/mid-sized manufacturing businesses are adopting e-commerce technologies...

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Going Mobile: Easing Plant Floor Data Efforts

A new wave of portable data collection systems is hitting the market and plant engineers are snapping them up. Are these devices expensive playthings or powerful tools that facilitate manufacturing? Portable data collection systems are rising in popularity. Manufacturers seem to appreciate the ease of the hand-held devices and more and more are taking advantage of the new software and latest...

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New Semiconductors Raise New Safety Concerns

In addition to guarding the safety of their workers, semiconductor manufacturers now have a new concern: the welfare of the chips themselves. As innovations result in more costly components, the task of protecting semiconductors from the dangers of electrical fires and flammable chemicals is becoming an even greater concern. Over the past few years, semiconductor wafers, the thin slices of...

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Welcome to "Fill-in-the-Blank" Valley

Silicon, the long time material of choice for the semiconductor industry, is now facing some competition. Engineers are exploring new compounds for use as the basic building blocks in the computer chips of tomorrow. If advances in the semiconductor's structure are to continue beyond the next decade, it's likely that they will be made using other materials in addition to silicon. This is largely...

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