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Leasing Just Makes Sense

May 27, 2008 12:30 pm | Blogs | Comments

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An Age Old Debate

May 27, 2008 7:42 am | Blogs | Comments

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An Education In Adhesives

May 9, 2008 6:22 am | Articles | Comments

Suppliers of adhesives and sealants are oftentimes not taking the time and energy required to examine user applications in detail, or they lack the expertise. In the end, they are often prescribing the incorrect compound for the customer.

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The New Face Of Job Shops

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Keeping An Eye On The Game

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by by Anna Wells , Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

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Creating A Value Concept

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by Anna Wells , Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Refusing to be edged out by offshore competition, Morey Corp. invests in a new facility and sophisticated automation technology. A value-added approach has triggered an expanded view for Morey , taking its operations from manufacturing into overall project management.

Counterpoint: The problem with green is that it’s always perceived as black or white

April 29, 2008 11:57 am | Blogs | Comments

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Idea Surfing: Fighting The Fad

April 21, 2008 10:05 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Arc Flash Safety Starts With Electrical Distribution Maintenance

April 21, 2008 9:47 am | by Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services, Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

The electricity that flows through the electrical distribution system of any industrial facility is the lifeblood of the entire operation. Production processes, environmental controls and security, lighting and safety systems all require a clean, reliable, and continuously available flow of power.

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Going Lean? Don't Forget IT

April 18, 2008 12:03 pm | by Diskeeper Corporation | Articles | Comments

In today’s manufacturing universe, cost-effectiveness is a constant battle. Every element from raw goods to worker efficiency, eliminating waste of time and material, streamlining processes, and even evaluating and improving supervisory expertise, is undergoing microscopic and expert examination so that companies can remain functional and profitable.

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Design, Operate, Maintain

April 18, 2008 11:47 am | by Anna Wells , Editor | Articles | Comments

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Asset Tracking Optimized With RFID

April 18, 2008 11:33 am | Articles | Comments

Tracking indirect material is a challenge many industries face today. With the need for controlled environments on the rise, many companies wonder which process is best for gaining control and retaining a level of standardization.

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Itron Fights Static With Humidity

April 18, 2008 11:23 am | Articles | Comments

“Static electricity, and the potential for defects due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) is one of the biggest manufacturing headaches a board manufacturer can face,” says Itron’s Paul Anderson.

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Q & A With Dr. J Patrick Kennedy, OSIsoft

April 18, 2008 10:52 am | Articles | Comments

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The E-Z Way Out

April 18, 2008 10:38 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

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Take The Swings Out Of SOP

April 18, 2008 9:15 am | by Anna Wells, Editor | Blogs | Comments

"Whether the application is engine production, preventive maintenance, or golf, there is something to be said for doing it right the first time, and every time, because you've taken the time to ensure consistency." -Anna Wells As you’ve probably noticed by the artistic design of this month’s cover, IMPO had the opportunity to visit the facility of a known golf car manufacturer, E-Z-GO, for the April cover story.

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA): A Silver Bullet or Just Plain Coveralls

April 15, 2008 1:17 pm | Articles | Comments

Successful RCA initiatives have common threads for accomplishment. The management maintains an active role in the RCA effort. They take the responsibility to set up the support systems that will encourage the employees to go after and solve chronic issues that affect the bottom line. (See figure 1) Figure 1 - Click to expand Executive management decides the company will incorporate an RCA initiative and provide funding to create the environment needed for success.

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Backup Power: "Back" To The Basics

March 24, 2008 11:42 am | by Bill Brown, P.E., Lead Engineer, Critical Power Consulting, Square D & Critical Power Competency Center/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

In today’s business climate, reliability requirements force the consideration of backup power when power from the electric utility is unavailable. But what type of backup power should you be considering? With the number of available solutions on the market today, the issue of just what solution fits a particular facility’s needs should be considered before making such a crucial and potentially costly investment.

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Old Dog, New Tricks

March 24, 2008 11:30 am | by Welch Goggins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleaver-Brooks Inc.; Chairman of the ABMA | Articles | Comments

About 80,000 boilers aged 30 years or older operate in U.S. facilities today. The older the boiler, the less efficiently it runs, and the more unsafe and unreliable it may be. But don’t just accept these drawbacks as inevitable. With the technological advances we’ve seen in the past few years, companies can achieve energy savings of 10 to 20 percent— without purchasing a new system.

Improve Your Vision

March 24, 2008 11:18 am | by David Simon, CEO, Evergreen Energy Solutions | Articles | Comments

One of the major opportunities for fast-payback electrical savings in industrial facilities is lighting. Lighting can account for up to 30 percent of a facility’s electric bill. The obvious first step is to replace incandescent with fluorescent lighting, and many plants have already taken this step– but that’s just the first.

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