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Wanted: Emotional Intelligence

March 24, 2008 10:01 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

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Small Town Workin'

March 24, 2008 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

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Give Me A Crew I Can Trust

March 24, 2008 9:48 am | Blogs | Comments

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Maintenance, Inside And Out

March 24, 2008 9:46 am | Blogs | Comments

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The OEE Deficit

February 28, 2008 6:19 am | Articles | Comments

The paper is based on manufacturers’ experiences and research conducted by Activplant Chief Product Strategist Dennis Cocco. In this body of work, Cocco introduces an evolution in thinking: the most efficient way to increase productivity is to focus on product flow through the process.

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Automated Warehouse Handles Increased Volume For FUJIFILM

February 21, 2008 5:43 am | Articles | Comments

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., began manufacturing operations at the 500-acre Greenwood, SC campus in 1988, when the company announced the construction of its first U.S. factory for the production of pre-sensitized plates for the graphic arts market. The manufacturing complex is currently comprised of five high-tech manufacturing plants, as well as the Greenwood Research Laboratories, and the largest FUJIFILM distribution center in the world.

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Polaris Faces Flooring Challenge

February 21, 2008 5:28 am | Articles | Comments

Roseau, MN is the birthplace of Polaris, and the sport of snowmobiling. Polaris’ Roseau facility houses both its high-tech product testing lab and manufacturing operations for its ATVs, snowmobiles and Ranger UTVs. The state-of-the-art testing lab in Roseau is a series of glass-walled rooms where engineers can re-create real-life stresses on engines to study their effects on components. While Polaris parts have proven to stand up to virtually any adverse condition, the lab’s flooring, ironically, has repeatedly failed the stress test.

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Contouring Lighting Control

February 20, 2008 12:34 pm | by Scott Jordan, Product Manager, Commercial Lighting Control, Square D/Schneider Electric | Articles | Comments

Increasing energy efficiency and cost savings in an industrial facility often comes down to a keen understanding of the manufacturing process, and contouring an appropriate strategy to maximize available opportunities. Case in point is the Menasha, WI, facility of Albany International Corp., a worldwide manufacturer of paper machine clothing, where a unique lighting control strategy was implemented in 2002 during a lighting retrofit.

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Never Fear Change

February 20, 2008 12:10 pm | Articles | Comments

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Consistent Efforts, Consistent Results

February 20, 2008 11:53 am | Articles | Comments

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Stuck On Stick?

February 20, 2008 11:34 am | by Mike Crawford, Stick Electrodes Product Manager, Hobart Brothers | Articles | Comments

Because variables such as storage techniques, electrode diameter, and flux composition all contribute to stick electrode selection and performance, arming yourself with some basic knowledge can help you minimize confusion and better ensure stick-welding success.

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It’s Not Just Your Vote That Counts

February 20, 2008 11:20 am | Blogs | Comments

h4 { font: bold 14px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; } .byline { font-style: italic; margin-bottom: 4px; } .caption { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 4px; } .sup { position: relative; bottom: 2px; font-size: smaller;" } Having a political conscience is great, but what about also developing your manufacturing conscience? By Anna Wells, IMPO Editor "This manufacturing job crisis has become a hot-button issue, but what exactly is this 'crisis' all about?" -Anna Wells I am what might be referred to as a “ news junky .

RFID Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

February 20, 2008 10:39 am | Blogs | Comments

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RFID: Keep On Tracking!

February 20, 2008 10:22 am | Blogs | Comments

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Practical Growth: The Quad Plan

February 20, 2008 9:59 am | Articles | Comments

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Q & A With Rob Fenton and Steve Zumbusch

February 20, 2008 8:28 am | Articles | Comments

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A Different Take On Tracking

February 20, 2008 7:51 am | Articles | Comments

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A Resolution For A New Beginning

January 25, 2008 8:35 am | Blogs | Comments

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The 30-Inch View

January 25, 2008 8:30 am | Articles | Comments

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More For Less

January 25, 2008 8:24 am | Articles | Comments

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