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(Brightpearl: Bristol, U.K.) -- Small merchants in the US are struggling to get to grips with spiralling delays and costs of major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects, according to a new study by Brightpearl, a world-leading retail operating system.

Leaders from more than 500 small-to-medium sized retailers took part in a study, which found that major ERP projects take six months longer than they were told to get live.

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By: Jeremy L. Boerger

You may not be familiar with the term “information technology asset management” (ITAM), but most businesses deal with it on a regular basis (for better or worse). ITAM is what helps control the costs of computers, servers, software, and services used to create the computing environment modern businesses need to function.

Ideally, the ITAM team (you do have one, right?) should be able to tell their business leadership the exact number of laptops in use by a remote sales force, or if more software licenses are needed to avoid a monstrous audit penalty at year’s end, or the costs of limping along on Windows 7 because that one CAD/CAM tool can’t handle the latest operating system.

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(ASTM: West Conshohocken, PA) -- A new ASTM International standard will provide guidance to medical device manufacturers on powder reuse in powder bed fusion manufacturing processes.

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By: Kari Miller

Quality management is essential to the growth and performance of any organization. It’s a valuable resource in the effort to ensure that products and services satisfy the highest quality requirements and deliver positive customer results.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers must ensure that the ingredients and packaging materials they use comply with regulatory requirements and meet the standards their markets expect. Risk-based, incoming supplier-product inspections help optimize supplier compliance, improve quality, and boost company profitability.

How risk-based supplier inspections work

Conducting a risk-based inspection (RBI) program requires companies to implement a system that includes three primary components: a sampling plan, a skip lot schedule, and inspection state switching rules.

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(Qualio: San Francisco) -- Qualio, a trusted cloud quality management system for the entire life sciences ecosystem, announced significant growth during the first half of 2022, including expanded business and technology integration capabilities, and an enhanced consulting partner program.

“As the emerging life sciences ecosystem evolves post-pandemic, companies and the organizations that support them run up against silos of data and broken processes that impede their ability to get critical products to market,” says Robert Fenton, Qualio’s CEO and founder. “We take our mission to enable life sciences companies to launch and scale lifesaving products faster very seriously, and that’s why we’ve doubled down on product, people, and partner growth over the last few months.”

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By: Gleb Tsipursky

Elon Musk recently demanded that all Tesla staff return to the office full-time, according to an email sent to executive staff and leaked on social media. Musk said those who don’t want to come to office should “pretend to work somewhere else,” insinuating that those who work from home aren’t actually working.

This authoritarian, top-down approach rooted in mistrust and false assumptions goes against best practices. It speaks to an illusion of control that will undermine employee productivity, engagement, innovation, retention, and recruitment at Tesla.

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(L.S. Starrett Co.: Athol, MA) -- L.S. Starrett Co., a leading global manufacturer of precision measuring tools and gauges, metrology systems and more, will be demonstrating the latest in quality control inspection technology at International Manufacturing Technology Show booth 135044 in the Quality Pavilion, East Hall in McCormick Place in Chicago from Sept 12- 17, 2022.

For the first time at a live major event, attendees can see demonstrations of automated wireless measurement data capture and transmission from handheld wireless/electronic gauges via the new DataSure 4.0 Wireless Data Collection System, or from vision systems and optical comparators via integrated software supporting Industry 4.0, IoT, and the Digital Factory.

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By: William A. Levinson

Quality-related data collection is useful, but statistics can also deliver misleading and even dysfunctional results when incomplete. This is often the case when information is collected only from surviving people or products, extremely satisfied or dissatisfied customers, or propagators of bad news about relatively rare incidents. This is simply an extension of the basic principle that a sample should reflect the entire population rather than just a portion—especially a portion that might self-select for the indicated reasons.

Survivor bias

Survivor bias occurs when samples include only people or items that survive harmful conditions. When World War I started in 1914, the soldiers of most armies wore cloth or leather caps that provided almost no protection against shrapnel and small arms fire. The French, for example, replaced their world-famous kepi with the equally recognizable Adrian helmet only in 1915. The British followed suit and introduced the Brodie, later called “Tin Kelly,” helmet. Even the famous German spiked helmet was made of leather and not steel, to be replaced by the Stahlhelm a year into the war.

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By: Kate Zabriskie

‘They’re here, but they’re not here. My staff isn’t committed, and it’s obvious to me and our customers. We’re in trouble.”

“To say that initiative is lacking is an understatement. My staff doesn’t think beyond the basics. If they hit a wall, they stop. The idea of looking for a window never crosses their minds. Frustrating!”

“Maybe it’s them. Maybe it’s me. Our team just goes through the motions. I wish there were a magic formula to get people focused and motivated.”

Although there isn’t an instant solution for increasing enthusiasm, focus, and initiative, there are steps any leader can take to orchestrate success.

Step one: Communicate the direction

It’s hard for people to reach a destination if they don’t know what it is. Whether you call it mission, purpose, or something else, employees need to have a solid understanding of the organization’s why, the team’s why, and their why. Leaders who promote engagement regularly connect day-to-day tasks and expectations with the bigger picture.

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(IDS: Woburn, MA) -- IDS NXT is a comprehensive AI vision system with a wide range of workflows and tools for realizing your own AI vision applications. The intelligent IDS NXT cameras can process tasks “on device” and deliver image processing results as well.

The camera’s tasks are determined by apps that are uploaded to the cameras and executed there. Their functionality can thus be changed anytime. This is supported by software such as IDS NXT lighthouse, with which users can not only train neural networks but now also create their own vision apps. The system offers both beginners and professionals enormous scope for designing AI vision apps.

The initial phase in development is often one of the greatest challenges in realizing a project. But the current 2.6 software release for IDS NXT focuses primarily on simplifying app creation. With the help of the new Application Assistant in IDS NXT lighthouse, users can configure a complete vision app under guidance in just a few steps, which they can then run directly on an IDS NXT camera.