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Survey identifies strategic issues for manufacturers

Automation architecture, the Internet, and integration with ERP top the list.

In a recent poll conducted by ARC Advisory Group Inc. on behalf of its Manufacturing Users Group (MUG), MUG member companies identified key issues having significant impact on their manufacturing strategies.

According to the survey, the three most popular issues and their vote percentages as voted by MUG members were:

  • factory of the future architecture (13.6%);
  • impact of the Internet on automation (13.3%);
  • and integration of ERP to the plant floor (12.4%).

ARC formed MUG based on the belief that common production-centric strategies can be created regardless of what is manufactured. Membership includes key decision-makers in the world of automation, supply chain, and e-business technologies, and is restricted to those in the end-user community. To date, MUG membership represents 13 different vertical industries cutting across process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, and utilities from around the world. The MUG steering committee consists of executives from Nabisco Corp., Eastman Kodak Corp., Unilever PLC, E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. Inc., and General Motors Corp.

Any end user of e-business solutions, supply chain solutions, or automation products and services who is interested in learning about the MUG can go to the ARC Web site: http://www.arcweb.com/mug/.

The complete details on the key strategic issues impacting manufacturing as identified by the ARC MUG can be found in an ARC report, "ARC MUG Members Identify and Examine Top Manufacturing Concerns" on the ARC Web site: http://www.arcweb.com/promos/mug1.htm.

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