As time goes on, the iPad looks less and less likely to become the iFad. What at first some questioned as a possibly unnecessary tool somewhere between a phone and a laptop has gone mainstream and is now being used for everything from Black Friday shopping to warehouse management and manufacturing logistics. Today I want to highlight a few FREE iPad apps that manufacturing businesses will find very useful. If you know of other apps that you would like to add to this list, please feel free to post them in the comments section below. This app helps you calculate shipping costs in real time by comparing freight rates from the nation’s top couriers. This app gives you quick, free access to relevant thought-leadership articles for manufacturers. MAPI provides information to improve your business strategies and even increase your productivity. This app tracks sales and other business information to quickly create and share reports. This app helps you stay up to date on the latest in American manufacturing through news articles from this B2B magazine covering all aspects of manufacturing processes with a focus on North, Central, and South America. I hope you find these apps extremely helpful to your business. How does your business use iPads? Share your thoughts below!