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Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability.                                

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4 Trends For A&D Value Chains: New Opportunities, New Challenges

October 14, 2014 2:43 pm | by Su Doyle

Within the aerospace and defense segment, four trends are driving the adoption of RFID to achieve improved process automation, efficiency and traceability.                           

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Everything Goes in Cycles

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Tia Nowack

In this unassuming facility, the team behind Worksman Cycles builds industrial bikes and trikes that are used in some of the largest plants in the world, including Ford, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.               

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 2:38 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan

In this article, we will explore some of the key technologies disrupting manufacturing operations as we know them.                                       

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In Today’s Supply Chain, Anticipating Risk is Only Half the Battle

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Sundar Kamakshisundaram

As supply chains have become more complex and more global, just knowing your tier one and tier two suppliers no longer cuts it. To effectively manage risk, you need to know your suppliers’ suppliers — and even the suppliers supplying them. And more important, you must move from anticipating risk to proactively predicting it. 

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7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Steve Wooledge

Manufacturers have traditionally been very successful in increasing the efficiency and quality of their production processes using lean and Six Sigma programs. However, they are finding that relying on those methods is not enough for them to stay competitive.

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

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ISM: Manufacturing Set for a Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How To Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 

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4 Key Insights Into the Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology in Silicon Valley

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  

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3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

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9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 29, 2014 9:50 am | by Adam Reidel

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 

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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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