Purchasing Articles

ERP, MES: When accountability meets agility

Plant Engineering

ERP and MES are not an either/or proposition. The two serve different functions, and should be partners within a given manufacturing organization. Read More

Scheduling preventative maintenance - timing is everything

Plant Engineering

CMMS Intelligence allows maintenance teams to reduce preventative maintenance and achieve maximum uptime. Read More

EC: Process Data Monitor and anomaly detection software

Plant Engineering

Software – Diagnostics: Process Data Monitor from Aware Technology is a condition monitoring and anomaly detection solution that can automatically adapt to changing operational conditions. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice finalist. Read More

EC: Loop-Pro Tuner (Allen-Bradley Edition)

Plant Engineering

Software – Diagnostics: Loop-Pro Tuner from Control Station is PID tuning software that accurately models oscillatory and noisy process data, and supports Logix-based programmable automation controllers (PAC) and MicroLogix controller algorithms from Rockwell Automation. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice finalist. Read More

EC: PlantTriage control system performance monitor

Plant Engineering

Software – Diagnostics: PlantTriage from ExperTune Inc. monitors the performance of control systems. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice finalist. Read More

Hallmarks of Procurement Mastery Part II: Taking Excellence to New Heights


Compulsive contributors are taking procurement excellence to new heights, building organizations that constantly seek to add value to their businesses. At the core of their mastery lies the development of a strategic procurement plan, tightly tied to business function strategies and corporate plans. Read More

Cost May Not Be Best Measure of Procurement Performance

Susan Avery

“Ultimately, I don’t think sourcing and procurement teams will get away from using savings as a metric,” says Andrew Bartolini, Managing Partner and Chief Research Officer at Ardent Partners. “But I do think there is an opportunity for management to take a more balanced view of the value procurement delivers.” Read More

Driving Change in Indirect Procurement

Maris Listello

In many ways leading a sourcing initiative in the indirect expenditure area is much more difficult than leading change in the direct materials area. When considering an initiative to drive cost out Read More

Clear View of Spend is Step to Strategic Sourcing

Susan Avery

A category manager’s need for visibility into MRO spending four years ago led Newell Rubbermaid to embark on a journey that’s transforming its sourcing and procurement organization. Read More

Success in Mergers and Acquisitions

The Smart Cube

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activity is par for the course in the corporate world these days. Over the last several decades, there has been a consistent increase in both the number and value of transactions taking place, not only in North America and Europe, but across the world. Read More

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