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When Even the Losers are Winners

May 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Identifying the travails of certain companies is not designed to pour salt in any wounds, no matter how easy it might be. In fact, we point them out because it brings to light some great examples of what your peers in the manufacturing space are facing, how they’re addressing these issues, and the subsequent success or failure of those efforts.

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The Sound Beneath the Floors

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm

Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.

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A Guide to Vibration Sensing

May 14, 2015 4:44 pm | by Chris Hansford, Managing Director, Hansford Sensors

Plant engineers must understand the need for accurate data capture as part of a predictive maintenance plan in modern manufacturing. This article offers advice on how to specify vibration sensors to carry out condition monitoring in different applications.

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Is Your Shutdown Planning Hurting Your Routine Corrective Planning?

May 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Roger Corley, Life Cycle Engineering

On the surface, it would seem it would be easy to make the shift from detailed shutdown planning to routine corrective planning. But I have observed two reasons why most companies don’t effectively make that transition.

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Are You Prepared for Summer?

May 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

As summer draws closer and temperatures begin to rise, there are many safety factors that need to be taken into consideration. 

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Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

May 13, 2015 11:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.

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Visibility in Manufacturing: The Path to Industry 4.0

May 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by Adrian Jennings

While Industry 4.0 may only be an aspiration today, every company can benefit from greater visibility throughout the production process.

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Mitigating Recall Risk

May 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past. 

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5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 11, 2015 2:34 pm | by De'Andre Salter

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain.”

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How Sales Order Automation Solutions Can Help Leverage EDI

May 11, 2015 10:43 am | by Brent Halverson

Ultimately, future success in manufacturing now firmly hinges on the ability to embrace the unique requirements of each customer while processing and shipping orders rapidly and accurately. For this, automation is key.

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Reducing Supply Chain Costs with Better Transportation Logistics

May 8, 2015 10:38 am | by Brad Forester

Establishing an environment of end-to-end supply chain visibility leads to more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and fewer incidents of a mismatch between supply and demand.

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Vibration, Lighting and LEDs Q&A with Devon Jenkins

May 6, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Vibration and alignment isn’t just a concern in regards to industrial machines, it effects lighting as well. Devon Jenkins, a Product Line Manager of Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds Business, took the time to speak with IMPO about the effects of vibration on lights and how LED lights can help solve some tricky lighting problems.

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Three Ways Improved Visibility Can Help the Manufacturing Ops Leader

May 6, 2015 9:57 am | by Kelly Cabatuan

Here are three ways that improved visibility helps you deliver accuracy, efficiency and better profits for your manufacturing team.

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A Unifying Vision for Distribution and the Robot Revolution

May 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE

Robots, in the not-too-distant future, will evolve from an advanced technology to a critical component of infrastructure, akin to the ERP systems that form the information backbone of most distributors today. 

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How To Get Out of the MRO Storeroom Business and Obtain R&M Excellence

May 5, 2015 10:09 am | by George Krauter

Many companies do not recognize the value that can be released from changing the MRO stores operation to provide optimum reliability. If they do, there are questions as to what steps to take and who would be responsible to implement the necessary change process. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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What’s Ahead in 2015 for HVAC Systems and Maintenance

April 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Timothy Kane

As we look to the rest of 2015, there are a few trends you’ll see in maintenance tools that will impact the overall operations of the facility.

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Lean And Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

April 29, 2015 5:13 pm | by Travis Mai

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is also an objective of going green, the two programs reinforce each other. Here are a few ways going lean can help you go green at the same time.

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How Sight Glass Helps Workers Monitor Leak Detection

April 29, 2015 4:59 pm | by Tina Gallo

​Leak is a four-letter word that no industrial manufacturer ever wants to hear. Industrial leaks can slow down manufacturing lines, destroy equipment, and possibly harm workers — making them a top concern for industrial teams.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

April 29, 2015 4:50 pm | by Sean Riley

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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