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A Necessary Evil: Digitalizing Your SKU Catalog

October 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Liz Duggan

Distributing and manufacturing companies need a master data strategy when it comes to their catalog. Catalog migration is one of the single greatest problems we see in eCommerce implementations. 


Adopting Robotic Process Automation Requires Initiative From Workforce And Leadership Alike

October 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Johanna Von Geyr

While automating business processes through robotics can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance performance and quality, it’s very likely that these trends will arouse concerns about the possibility of job loss or the need for new skills.


Infographic: Tough Times In The Bakken — Oil Worker Deaths, By The Numbers

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

The Bakken. The words have become synonymous with America's energy boom and the thundering noise of oil wells. But unfortunately the industry in the region has also developed a reputation for something darker: oilfield worker deaths.


Field Report: Are You Ready To Go Green?

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor

There are both benefits and drawbacks to becoming more eco-friendly in manufacturing. It's important to look at the facts and make a decision based on your company's capability and needs. 


Global Trends: Fortifying Your Business — Fraud & Security Measures For U.S. Manufacturers

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by David Pollino, Fraud Prevention Officer, Bank of the West

In today's interconnected world where businesses increasingly rely on data and networks, a single sophisticated cyberattack on a business can inflict as much harm as a natural disaster. 


Tech Trends: The Crusades And Obstacles Of Regulatory Compliance

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Greg Haunschild, P.E., CEO of Houston-based ACS Engineering

To achieve better approaches to regulatory compliance, decision-makers should understand both the overview and particulars of what the EPA and OSHA require.


Material Handling Spotlight: Getting A Lift From Material Handling

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

When it comes to lifting equipment, errors in spec’ing, usage and maintenance can mean more than just downtime. Because of the heavy loads this equipment is often tasked with moving, one wrong move can mean a serious safety issue as well.


Field Report: The Switch To LEDs — Why Your Industrial Facility Needs Better Light

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Amit Bhojraj, Product Strategist, Cree, Inc.

Lighting is one of the largest overheads for warehouses, representing about 30 percent of a typical warehouse or facility’s energy usage.


Plant Practices: Ricoh USA Keeps Employees Comfortable In Summer And Winter With Fans

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Ricoh USA

For most industrial facilities, the arrival of winter heralds two problems: cold employees and high natural gas bills. A solution to those problems can be found in large, overhead fans already in use in many facilities.


Maintenance Matters: Productivity Measurement For Maintenance Cost Reduction

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Jose Baptista, Development Manager, Reliability at Quant

Labor productivity has a major impact on the cost of maintenance and few maintenance managers know the effectiveness of their crews. They should know and improve the conditions that affect labor productivity on their sites.


IMPO Onsite: Plants Vs. Petroleum

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Elevance’s success has hinged on more than just green appeal. The company says what sets their products apart is that they rival their petro-derived counterparts in both performance and price.


Editor's Note: Walmart — Friend, Foe Or Something In Between?

October 8, 2015 4:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As candidates from both sides of the aisle start to hit the lengthy Presidential campaign trail, U.S. manufacturing, as usual, becomes the focus of more than a few debate points on job development, the trade deficit, and ‘reshoring.’


The Importance Of Promoting Employment Through Manufacturing Career Pathways

October 6, 2015 12:53 pm | by Deborah Kobes

As reshoring efforts increase, more skilled workers are needed.


Is ‘Made In America’ Primed For A Comeback?

October 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Susan Schlapkohl

​The decline in American manufacturing and the rise of products made in China have frustrated America workers and been fodder for political commentators for years.


3 Keys To Making The IIOT Work Continuously

September 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by John Fryer

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) has been hyped as the “next big thing” for manufacturing and other industrial businesses. Believe the hype.


Ways To Protect Your Warehouse From Water Damage

September 28, 2015 3:25 pm | by Bill Robinson, DKI Services Commercial Solutions VP of Operations

For any structure, unchecked water can be devastating. In fact, by many estimates, water is the single biggest cause of commercial property damage.


Workplace Safety In A Digital Age

September 25, 2015 1:23 pm | by Steve Chang

Safety communication is an extremely important, and often overlooked, facet in businesses; but a safer workplace leads to a better bottom line.


The Internet Of Things In Distribution Operations

September 23, 2015 10:58 am | by Rudi Lueg

As devices are embedded with technology that can communicate and interact with other devices, supply chains will also be impacted. 


How Millennials Can Help Manufacturers Adapt To Change

September 22, 2015 3:07 pm | by Scott Stone

Focusing on Millennial workers can help manufacturers adapt to a changing industrial landscape and come out a step ahead.


Infographic: Industry In 3D

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

3D printing is one of the hottest developments to reach designers and manufacturers for some time. Take a look at what stakeholders are saying about this burgeoning industry.



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