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The New Normal: Q&A with Patrick Clouden

April 24, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Patrick Clouden, the CEO of Consumer Energy Solutions Inc., took the time to speak to IMPO about LED lights and their increasing popularity, their benefits and even Consumer Energy Solutions’ unique approach to lighting. 

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Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 27, 2015 2:48 pm | by Lori Payne

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing software and are beginning to evaluate their options, we offer four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 23, 2015 3:14 pm | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area that often gets overlooked is waste.

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CPR for Lean Warehouses

April 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Steven (Jimmy) Benefield, Partner at enVista

Many Lean warehouse teams start out with great intentions, implementing changes that improve processes and increase efficiency. But then, slowly over time, the newness wanes and they lose momentum. While this is not uncommon, it’s extremely important that managers take notice and take action. 

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Moving Beyond the Offshore vs. Reshore Debate: Three Reasons to Throw Out the Old Sourcing Map

April 22, 2015 2:54 pm | by Sampath Kumar

Today, we face a new global and technological order that is reshaping the reshoring discussion.

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Navigating a New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 2:40 pm | by Bob McKee

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

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Robotics and Medical Marijuana — A Joint Venture

April 21, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Acceptance for medical marijuana as a legit pharmaceutical treatment is on the rise — and so is the budding industry of pot disensaries. 

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Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud

April 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 10:54 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:11 am | by ARC Advisory Group

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study. 

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 15, 2015 1:50 pm | by Don DeSimone

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Five Safety Lessons Learned From the Demise of Titanic

April 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Mandy Savage, copywriter with Graphic Products

Safety headlines grab attention with catastrophe, accidents, fines, and pointing fingers.What we don't talk about as much are the lessons learned from past mistakes. We don't celebrate the improvements, ideas generated, shared, and implemented for future use. 

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 14, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Wieczner

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. 

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Six Steps to 5S Success

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Lori Lockman

If you think there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get kids to clean their rooms, imagine telling hundreds of industrial workers they have to undertake their own variation of the same thing. 

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3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 14, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to the additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 12:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 14, 2015 11:56 am | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 11:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Successful automation has the power to improve efficiency, profits and can even diversify a workforce for companies of every size. 

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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

If you want to maximize the life of the bearing and maximize uptime of your equipment you need to use the proper lubricant with the right viscosity. You also have to make sure that you use precision lubrication — meaning the right amount at the right time. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc.

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

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