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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

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Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 24, 2014 9:45 am | by David Schnitt

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful.                 

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Effective Selective Coordination Design

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Dan Caron, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers and Ron Schroeder, ASCO Power Technologies

Selectively coordinating power distribution and electrical systems in critical facilities remains a hot topic among professional engineers and their facility-owner clients.                       

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Tips for Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 23, 2014 10:12 am | by Kara Simon

Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for manufacturers to keep equipment in great shape as it is for them to keep people in great shape by showing meaningful appreciation on a day-to-day basis. 

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Group Dynamic

September 22, 2014 4:50 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

A combination of over-use and under-appreciation can relegate terms like vision and innovation to the realm of cliché. However, those words ring much clearer when presented against a backdrop of time-tested approaches that repeatedly drive growth and produce positive results. Such is the case with Evansville, IN-based ORG CHEM Group.

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4 Areas of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Donna Fritz

Supply chain product compliance is increasingly complex, with companies required to disclose detailed information about their products, including composition, origin, and regulatory status. Managing this data remains a critical supply chain challenge that is necessary in order to comply with a wide array of regulations. 

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What's Hot in Dryers

September 22, 2014 9:53 am | by Tia Nowack

Compressed air is found in almost any manufacturing environment. Often referred to as the “fourth utility,” it is widely used in control systems and for powering pneumatic equipment. In order for these systems to perform properly, the air must be dry. 

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Allied Valve Uses IT Agility and Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 19, 2014 11:08 am | by NetSuite

Allied Valve is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.                             

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Collective Bargaining And Immigration: Important Considerations for Employers of an Organized Immigrant Workforce

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner

Knowing the immigration-related elements of a CBA and engaging qualified immigration and labor counsel in the collective bargaining process is critical to ensuring a company’s ability to retain foreign national employees in compliance with the terms of their immigration status and the terms of the CBA.

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Right-shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

September 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Jeff Sweeney

I propose we replace the notion of off-shoring vs. on-shoring with the idea of "right-shoring," asking the question "where is (are) the best location(s) to make something?" My business answers this question for our customers every day. To do so, criteria beyond simply cost must be considered.

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc.

The realities of doing business right now is that the marketplace is changing with breakneck speed and becoming exponentially more complex, diverse and more unpredictable than ever before.That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet Security and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.        

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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 9:18 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                  

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Scotland’s Fight for Independence and the Manufacturing Sector

September 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing,net

Much is unknown about what Scottish life will look like if the vote passes today and Scotland becomes independent of the UK. Scotland’s post-UK currency is up in the air, and the strength of Scotland’s economy as an independent nation is untested. What does this mean for the manufacturing sector?  

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Top 3 Underground Data Centers in the U.S.

September 16, 2014 2:05 pm | by Natalie Lehrer

There are at hundreds of underground data centers in the United States. Many of the underground data centers are owned by private co-location companies. Some are shared locations housing the data centers operations of several private companies who have collocated space underground. But here is information on the top 3 underground data centers in the U.S.

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Market to Manufacturing: It’s Time to Digitize

September 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Paul Williams

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation. In fact, just 12 percent are deemed to be Digerati — leading-edge innovators who have fused front and back-end processes together to enable seamless innovation and delivery.

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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 1:11 pm | by Dieter Pape

Time means everything in manufacturing, and clocks that are synchronized to display the same, accurate time aren’t just a convenience. They are required for efficient, compliant operations.                  

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Demystifying the Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Diane Palmquist

We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 

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