Sky’s the limit: Cloud technology heightens affordability, reduces deployment of supply chain execution software

Regardless of size, distribution centers can more readily implement supply chain execution software at any number of locations with increased speed, low capital outlay, and without making additional investments in IT hardware by choosing to operate their systems via Internet cloud technology.<br/>

02/20/2009


Intek Integration Technologies now offers its Warehouse Librarian supply chain execution software suites in an Internet-based deployment system called Intek Cloud. This online platform gives distribution centers a new alternative to operate all or part of the suites using Intek’s server infrastructure at any or all distribution sites, rather than deploying the software on the centers’ own hardware IT hardware.
Says Intek CEO Mac Cutchins, “We can now effectively support distribution centers of any size at any location through our IT infrastructure, or conventionally at the customer premises—or any combination of both.”
Cutchins adds that a recent McKinsey Quarterly survey confirms supply chain risk is rising, with many respondents saying they aren’t able to keep pace with global trends.
“Due to the complexity of the product offerings, the software and services segment also has fallen behind the curve,” says Cutchins. “But that’s changed as far as Intek is concerned.”
Through its cloud-based platform, Intek’s various Warehouse Librarian suites function just as if they were implemented on-site, except that they are delivered online. This offers important savings to companies that are looking for access to powerful programs with low capital outlay for hardware, or for those who don’t have the IT staff to support complex line-of-business suites.
For larger companies or those with wider supply chain applications, cloud technology can enable faster rollout of new facilities, or it can be used as a hybrid deployment system where Warehouse Librarian is delivered partly off-premise and partly on-premise.






No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
2015 Top Plant: Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa.; 2015 Best Practices: Automation, Electrical Safety, Electrical Systems, Pneumatics, Material Handling, Mechanical Systems
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Getting ready for industrial IoT; Visualizing the (applied) automation continuum; Preventing VFD faults and failures; Using wireless for closed-loop applications
Migrating industrial networks; Tracking HMI advances; Making the right automation changes
Understanding transfer switch operation; Coordinating protective devices; Analyzing NEC 2014 changes; Cooling data centers

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.