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ISTA Testing Standards: What They Are and Why They Matter

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The International Safe Transit Association, or ISTA, is an organization that creates standards for packaging design to ensure the safe arrival of the package’s contents. ISTA continually tests its standards to ensure packaging designs can withstand harsh shipping conditions based on the package’s size, weight, and potential transportation hazards like temperature, vibrations, drops, horizontal impacts,…

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Go Beyond PLM and BOM to Specification Data

Go Beyond PLM & BOMs: Why Specifications are Key to Ensuring Quality

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools have been leveraged by companies in industries ranging from CPG to medical devices for decades. However, their longevity doesn’t mean these solutions aren’t without significant flaws.  PLM was initially designed to address a wide range of issues and factors, with quality being among them. But since PLM solutions aren’t designed…

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How a Digital Thread Can Revolutionize Your Supply Chain

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The manufacturing industry is on the brink of a paradigm shift, in which companies are trading in investment in physical assets for investment in information. Efforts to accumulate information are catalyzing the shift in the way we produce goods and unveiling a new era: an era of the digital thread.  Defining the Digital Thread But…

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SKU Proliferation is a Challenge - Specification Management Can Help

SKU Rationalization: What Is It and How Is It Being Used?

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The “build it and they will come” mentality is taking a negative toll on companies, particularly as they struggle to identify underperforming products and simplify their portfolio. In the past, SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) proliferation was a viable path to growth as companies focused on expanding their product offering to customers.  Now, as efficiency, sustainability,…

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Specifications are an Important Part of the Industrial Internet of Things

IIoT Prevents Downtime, Specifications Enable You to Fix Your Machines

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In an ideal world, manufacturing machines would work perfectly around the clock without needing maintenance or repair. In the real world, every manufacturing facility leader knows that downtime for your machines is an inevitability.  One advancement that is poised to change maintenance schedules and patterns for the better is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).…

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Why Specifications are the Foundation of a Smart Factory

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Smart factories aren’t just the future of manufacturing — they’re also defining our present operations.  In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized factories of his time with the first moving assembly line. Now, just over a century later, we’re on the brink of another major expansion and improvements in how products are developed, manufactured, and transported.  Manufacturers…

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Go Beyond Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainability

Accelerate Life Cycle Assessment with Specification Management Software

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What is the total environmental impact of just one product or its package? How about all of the products you produce within a given year? Answering these questions can seem unfeasible, given the multiple factors that influence a product’s environmental impact. Many of these factors may not have crossed your mind, while others you are…

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How Manufacturing Companies Can Enable Remote Work with Specright

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Over the past few weeks, companies across the country have struggled to find ways to enable remote work while continuing day-to-day business operations as the COVID-19 outbreak, commonly known as the Coronavirus, has created unprecedented challenges in all areas of our personal and business lives.  In an attempt to limit the spread of the disease,…

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Why Tribal Knowledge is the Biggest Threat to Manufacturing

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There is a paradigm shift taking place in manufacturing companies: the baby boomer generation that made up a majority of the workforce is retiring. And when they retire, critical information, often referred to as “Tribal Knowledge,” goes with them, resulting in gaps of information at the companies they leave behind.  In the United States alone,…

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5 Ways Specification Management Software Improves Supplier Collaboration

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When you hear the term “Specification Data Management™ (SDM™) software,” what immediately comes to mind? You might simply think of product specifications. And that makes sense, since product and packaging specifications are foundational to an overall specification management system solution. However, a comprehensive SDM system manages much more than just product specs. With the right…

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