Five advantages of using Microsoft Dynamics AX for Your Business

It does not matter what industry you belong to; if your company is not following the latest industry trends, you will be left behind. In this modern age, where businesses have access to so many technologies, it is crucial for them to choose the right options to get ahead of the competition. By investing in the right tools and software, you can strengthen your business’s position and can manage tasks more efficiently. One of these tools is Microsoft Dynamics AX, an excellent ERP solution for companies to organize, optimize, at automating their processes. It provides you with solutions that can save you time and can improve your ROI significantly.

Microsoft Dynamics AX allows you to automate your processes; you wouldn’t have to spend time and resources on development and training. It also has a simple, user-friendly interface that allows you to access information without complicating things. That way, you can get detailed insights into your processes whenever necessary. Microsoft Dynamics AX is a complete solution for any enterprise as it also strengthens the bond between teams and individuals of the company with its advanced communication tools. Overall it is a tool that will benefit all departments of your company. Let’s take a detailed look at some of the main benefits you can enjoy from Microsoft Dynamics AX:

Quick and Smart Decision Making

One of the major benefits of using Microsoft Dynamics AX is that I allow you to make a quick and smart decision. If you want to succeed in today’s competitive market, you will have to get innovative, and this software helps you do that. The software collects raw data and turns it into numbers that can help you with decision making. You can define KPI’s and can run detailed analyses to get the latest reports. These reports not only speeds up the decision-making process but also helps you make more accurate decisions.

Cost-Effective

In the past few years, the way small and big industries used to manage their businesses has changed dramatically. Because of the constantly evolving market, a flexible ERP solution has become vital for businesses. You need a system that allows you to modify, add, delete, and mold certain things within your company whenever necessary. When you choose Microsoft Dynamics AX, you get access to plenty of great products that can prove valuable for your business. This can reduce the company’s cost of operations dramatically and can help you improve your ROI significantly. In the long run, it can help you save a lot of money.

Improve Productivity and Team Collaboration

Another great benefit of using Microsoft Dynamics AX is that it improves team collaboration within your company and makes everyone more productive. Unlike other complicated ERP software out there, Microsoft Dynamics AX won’t take much of your employees’ time. The software has an interface similar to Microsoft Word, and your organization will get the hang of it very quickly. It also helps you automate a lot of processes, which gives your employees more time to focus on important things. A centralized data system will also allow you to improve transparency and make it easier for your employees to share critical information.

Improves Sales

Microsoft Dynamics AX gives you a whole new way of approaching your customers. You will have access to raw data and real-time insights, which will help you market your business smartly. It will also allow you to identify the right people so you can only target the chunk of the population that is interested. With enhanced logistics, smooth workflows, and timely delivery, you can quickly recognize opportunities and capitalize on them. All these details also help you understand your target audience, which allows you to offer them much better services.

Security

All the data you will feed to Microsoft Dynamics AX will always be secure. The software has advanced security features and a cloud-based infrastructure that is impenetrable. No one from the outside will be able to take a peek into your company’s data as long as the software protects it. Microsoft Dynamics AX also allows you to customize the security settings so you can manage your privacy manually. It also helps create different access levels for different teams.

Applications of Robots in the Plastic Injection Molding Industry

The never-ending increase in demand for more flexible solutions has led to industrial robots being widely used in the plastic industries today. These industrial robots are being used in almost all areas of the production process, including operations related to injection molding.

Below are some of the areas whereby industrial robots can be used to automate the process of injection molding.

Pick-and-Place

One way that industrial robots can be used in automating the injection molding process is by the use of pick-and-place robots. These robots are used to load plastic parts into the machine. They can also be used to place complete end products onto the conveyor belt.

Quality

Injection molding is a repetitive task, and when performed by human employees, it can leave room for discrepancies. Making use of the robots ensure that production is of the highest quality and ensures that products are well formed, cut with precision and that the finished product is well measured with every process.

Productivity

Incorporating robots into the injection molding process provides the manufacturers with the much-needed viable advantage with visible surges in the produced parts’ quality and productivity.

Different robots are used in various areas in the automation of plastic injection molding, they include;

  • 3-Axis Cartesian robot; Due to their high-speed processes, they are usually used for horizontal plastic injection molding machines.
  • 6-Axis Articulated robot; This injection molding robot is usually used for both the vertical and horizontal injection molding machines. They are suitable for floor space or ceiling height constraints as they allow for a larger work envelope
  • 6-Axis Collaborative robot; The 6-axis collaborative robot operates safely alongside human operators, although it cannot compete with the other 6-axis robots in terms of precision and speed.
  • 4-Axis SCARA robot; The SCARA 4-axis robot usually provides a circular work envelope, and it is mainly used for loading and unloading vertical injection molding machines.
  • Side Entry robot; The side-entry robot is best for faster cycles. It is also suitable for areas with space constraints.
  • Sprue Picker robot; The sprue picker is usually used for the removal of sprue. It can also be used for part and runner separation in the automation of plastic injection molding.

Below are some of the areas where these robots can be applied in various production processes.

Machine Tending

One of the most common applications of injection molding robots is the machine tending process. Machine tending is a labor-intensive task that involves the handling of heat-sensitive material being molded. This requires a high level of consistency when handling developed materials. As such, a robot can be used to relieve human operators from this tedious task while also minimizing the risks of being injured.

The use of robotics in machine tending has been attributed to improved production capacity and product consistency. To avoid damages to newly injected molded parts, robots fitted with inflated grippers or vacuum can guarantee careful handling of the elements.

Insert Molding

Inserts are usually metal objects such as; pin, blade, or threaded rod. They are generally put inside the plastic mold either before or after the injection process. The 6-axis robots that are often used to load/unload an injection molding machine, can add these inserts into the molding.

Plastic Over-molding

This process is where two or more separate molded parts are joined together to form one finished product. Plastic over-molding requires different degrees for fast and accurate placement of components. Robots can be used to lift molded parts from the machine and place them onto another device for the over-molding process.

In-mold Labeling

In-mold labeling is a process for decorating or labeling plastic molded parts. It is usually done during the injection molding cycle. Robotics can be used to load pre-printed labels directly into the open plastic injection molds. Tags and decorations are then permanently engraved within the molded parts, hence becoming an essential part of the end product.

Conclusion

As a manufacturer, telling the different types of robots in the market and their applications can go along way in helping you make an informed decision. This article is intended to give you an insight into how the different types of robots are used in injection molding, and the various areas in which they can be applied.

Beer, Crops, Laptops Browsers & Retailers Under the Fedora

Apparently a small beer company in Seattle is making beer with the Acronym APAB (all Police are bastards) on each can. The owner says he’s happy to lose customers that disagree.

The irony here is palatable he is free to put whatever message he wants on the beer, other are free not to buy it, that’s free market capitalism at work.

The bigger irony? He is free to do so because he doesn’t have to worry about those who disagree torching his brewery, thanks to police.


In something right out of the movie The Devil & Daniel Webster, between 180 and 270 million bushels of corn in Iowa were likely damaged by hurricane force winds and rain that hit the state. Given that Corn is the basis for a lot of what we make and eat expect food prices to go up fast.

As Glenn Reyonlds put it: We’re lucky to live in a country where news like this doesn’t presage a famine.”

Thank capitalism.


I finally got that replacement laptop I was talking about. I ended up buying a HP from my local Staples vs the Acer I was going to buy on Amazon because it seemed to me that every single laptop being sold there was from a 3rd party seller and the number of bad reviews of the specific sellers seemed awful high to me so I decided I’d rather buy somewhere so if there is a problem I can go to an actual person in an actual store face to face (or these days mask to mask) for relief rather than go to court.

It’s nice having choices like this rather than having to go through a monopoly like Amazon.

Thank Capitalism


Counting the new laptop that is still in its box I now have 3 laptops functioning. All of my email in done on the oldest. This one is going to get hooked up to ann old screen with an HDMI cable as soon as I find one and the new one will be for my general work. Interesting point. Didn’t have brave on the oldest laptop and because I wanted a link for an email opened a site I visit regularly in chrome.

The number of ads and popups was astounding. You don’t really appreciate the joy of running a brower like Brave until you do without it.

Thanks free market.


Finally apparently Macy is leaving its location in Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” where it currently has 8 levels with 170,000 square feet but has been hit twice during riots.

Everyone is insisting that this has nothing to do with the riots or police response I’m sure Amazon’s moves to get people out of Seattle and into the suburbs have nothing to do with the riots either.

But that’s the thing about the free market, people respond to incentives whether they are taxing to the pocketbook or hazardous to one’s health.

Someone might want to warn Austin Texas about this.

Taking a Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Vulnerability Management

The number of vulnerabilities contained within production code is growing rapidly. As a result, organizations struggle to keep up with their patch management. This inability to patch vulnerabilities poses a significant threat to website security.

Organizations must adopt a more scalable approach to patch management in order to keep up with the growth of exploitable vulnerabilities. The use of prioritized patching and virtual patching are essential to minimize an organization’s exposure to cyber risks.

 

Vulnerability Numbers are Growing Rapidly

Software is written by human beings, and humans make mistakes. As a result, it should come as no surprise that software contains bugs. While some of these software errors are minor and have little or no impact on the software’s operations, this is not true of all of them. Some bugs are vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a malicious user to force the software to take actions not anticipated, intended, or desired by the software’s developer.

Over time, the number of these vulnerabilities that are discovered in production software are growing rapidly. In 2019 alone, 22,316 new vulnerabilities were discovered and publicly disclosed. Of these, over a third had a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) v2 score of 7 or above, meaning that they are labeled as high severity.

Organizations Cannot Keep Up

As the number of software vulnerabilities grows, organizations can no longer keep up with their patching requirements (if they ever could). With over 22,000 new vulnerabilities discovered in 2019, over 60 new vulnerabilities are reported each day on average.

Not every newly discovered vulnerability will impact an organization since it will not be running every affected piece of software. However, determining if the organization is affected by any of the day’s 60 vulnerabilities and addressing the fraction that are relevant can create a significant burden for an organization.

For many organizations, patching a vulnerability is not as simple as allowing the update to run on every employee’s workstation. Several factors can affect the update process, including:

  • Vulnerability Location: If a vulnerability exists in production code, then addressing the issue could require a new software release. The new code must be created and fully tested before being deployed to production.
  • Patch Compatibility: Any software update may include deprecating some functionality provided by a program. If an organization’s existing software depends upon deprecated functionality, then applying a security patch may require a potentially expensive and time-consuming rewrite of the software.
  • System Stability: For organizations with high availability requirements, such as critical infrastructure, it is essential to ensure that a patch does not break any critical functionality. This requires extensive validation in a realistic test environment.

Not every vulnerability that exists within an organization’s systems or the software that it uses has these issues. However, every software update carries some overhead, no matter how small, and applying some updates requires significant time and resources. As the number of vulnerabilities to be addressed grows, organizations can quickly and easily fall behind in their patching processes.

Prioritized Patching is Essential

With the rapid growth of vulnerabilities, organizations cannot keep up and need to find a way to effectively manage their cyber risk. Patching every vulnerability is difficult or impossible, so vulnerabilities should be patched based upon the risk that they pose to the organization.

The risk associated with a vulnerability is usually quantified based upon two factors. These are the probability that the vulnerability will be exploited and the impact if an exploit occurs. The impact part of this equation is readily available for any vulnerability. The CVSS scoring system labels vulnerability severity as low, medium, or high in version 2 and low, medium, high, or critical in version 3.

The probability of exploitation can be more difficult to determine. Not all vulnerabilities are actively exploited by cybercriminals, meaning that a “critical” vulnerability on the CVSS scale may pose little or no real-world risk to an organization. Of the over 22,000 vulnerabilities disclosed in 2019, 37% of them had known exploit code or a Proof of Concept that would make it easy to develop a workable attack. Prioritizing these vulnerabilities in patching would be a good idea.

However, even more detailed information is available regarding the risk of certain vulnerabilities. In May 2020, the FBI and DHS CISA published a list of the top ten most exploited vulnerabilities over the last four years. This report indicated that cybercriminals commonly target Microsoft Office products, Apache Struts, and vulnerabilities within VPN products. Prioritizing these particular vulnerabilities – and generally any vulnerability in these types of software – enables an organization to dramatically decrease its risk of exploitation.

A Scalable Solution to Vulnerability Management

The problem with even a prioritized approach to vulnerability patching is that it is not a scalable or perfect solution to the problem. As the number of vulnerabilities in production software grows, organizations will be increasingly unable to keep up.

Virtual patching, a function offered by web application firewalls (WAFs) and runtime application self-protection (RASP), is a potential solution to this problem. Rather than applying patches to vulnerable applications, virtual patching trains the WAF or RASP solution to identify and block attempts to exploit the vulnerability. Since a virtual patching solution’s list of vulnerabilities is easier to update than the applications containing these vulnerabilities, this provides a more scalable solution to organizations’ vulnerability management problem.

The 86 Million Potus Carpe Dorktum Twitter Advertiser question

While I remain unimportant enough a voice that Twitter hasn’t gotten around to banning me yet (although I’m doing my best by speaking plainly) Twitter’s decision to ban Carpe Dorktum presents a problem for their shareholders which can be explained in two screen shots:

and

One is the low end and one is the high end of followers.

Donald Trump and Donald Trump JR have already shown a willingness to retweet Carpe Donktum videos. It is unlikely that this will stop just because he is off twitter, but now there will be a difference.

Last week when Donald Trump or Donald Trump JR retweeted Carpe Dorktum 5-82 million potential customers of the advertisers of twitter had a chance to see any ads placed on or near the said account when a user clicked on it.

This week if Donald Trump or Donald Trump JR tweet out such a link those 5-82 mill potentials those who click on that link will end up off of twitter which means twitter’s advertisers will not get those eyeballs. They will go to Parler or facebook or maybe to the Carpe Dorktum youtube channel.

I’d bet real money that those twitter advertisers could by ad space with him fairly cheap.

Now if I was an investor in twitter I’d not be all that happy about losing those eyeballs and the ad dollars that will go elsewhere and if Twitter was operating like a business rather than a polictical pac whose primary object is to elect Democrats they might be worried too.

Vets, Asheed, Cleese, Idle and Cellphones Under the Fedora

It’s Veterans Day a holiday everywhere (except where I work of course). On on this day we take a few minutes to remember the folks to whom being “triggered” meant someone trying to kill them rather than someone saying something they don’t like on social media.

It never ceases to amaze me how so many Americans squander the freedom these men and women bequeathed them but in a society so narcissistic it’s to be expected. I wonder how many of our long dead vets if they saw what the society they had fought for had become, might have had 2nd thoughts about defending it?


Is light dawning on marble head?

If the Democrats aren’t scared of stuff like this they should be, but then again as long as their paid machine cronies are counting the votes in black area they will be able to disenfranchise black republican votes as they did in the days of Jim Crow.

Don’t think for a minute they won’t try.


I note the daily beast interviewed Eric Idle and John Cleese for the 50th anniversary of Monty Python and they of course had plenty to say against those of us who support Trump

“It’s been quite clear to me from the very beginning that he is not mentally balanced,” Cleese says of Trump. “He is an extraordinary caricature of an asshole; a person who has no interest in anyone else except himself. Every time he makes a decision, no matter how impulsive it is, it’s the one that makes him feel best about himself for the next 20 minutes.

Contrast that statement with the one above it and your irony meter will explode.

That doesn’t make him and them any brilliant when it comes to comedy.


One more Python quote from Eric Idle on Trump that made me laugh

Idle admits that, during a break from his busy schedule, he recently became addicted to MSNBC.
“The problem is, the way they cover everything, you constantly think, ‘They’ve got him!’” he says of the coverage of Trump’s travails. “Like they’re coming for him with the handcuffs. The golden handcuffs, of course.”

reminds me of a song…

Funny how Trump the supposedly Nazi/Racist dictator isn’t censoring them?


Finally This whole conversation is a pet peeve of mine:

Ms. Zideyah said that she and many of the women who attended the Ignite training were aware that they had to be careful about their social media posts, but worrying about what was stored on their phones was new.
“As an online human, you don’t think that those kinds of things are going to be used against you or leaked, especially from people that are closest to you,” Ms. Zideyah said. “But I do think that now that sort of training has to be implemented, because what you should keep on a phone is becoming a serious issue.”


via hot air headlines.

I’ve been saying this for decades but let’s try one more time.

Don’t put any image or thoughts on a phone or an email or a computer or any device that a computer is linked to that you would be ashamed to show to your grandmother.

I used to say “from your mother” but where you do think this generation got that idicoy from?