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IP for Manufacturing

This could be the Golden Age of manufacturing, with goods crisscrossing the world almost by the minute. The global economy, however, brings its own challenges – complex supply lines, difficulty filling jobs and increased competition for energy, water and other resources. Clearly innovative companies will survive and thrive; others may not be so lucky.

IBM’s comprehensive portfolio of intellectual property is a wellspring of innovation for manufacturers that want to succeed in the global economy. For example, IBM offers a suite of tools and capabilities that forecasts demand for projects and skills, and determines the most efficient staffing levels. Through data collection and analytics, this solution manages human capital to maximum advantage. The results are diminished planning cycle time and tighter coordination of opportunities, resources, sales and deliveries. Another asset can recommend the best mix of regular and part-time employees to meet forecasted annual demand and minimize operating costs.

Companies regarded as more innovative grew net income nearly two times faster from 2006 to 2010 than their non-innovative counterparts. John Moavenzadeh, a senior director of the World Economic Forum. John Moavenzadeh, a senior director of the World Economic Forum.

In 2011, 34% of employers around the world reported difficulty filling jobs due to lack of talent, up from 31% in 2010. Manpower.

10 million manufacturing jobs remained unfilled globally, despite significant unemployment rates in many countries. And some 600,000 manufacturing positions remain unfilled in the U.S. alone. The Future of Manufacturing: Opportunities to Drive Economic Growth. The Future of Manufacturing: Opportunities to Drive Economic Growth.

And where would manufacturing be without machines? Regular maintenance -- including cleaning, calibration and safety checks -- is key to keeping manufacturing running. A solution from IBM generates maintenance schedules that maximize uptime while minimizing the cost of maintenance and production disruption. Also, an asset management solution employs advanced analytics and optimization technologies to turn the vast amounts of data into decisions about maintenance scheduling, prediction of machine failure and asset replacement policies.

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