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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm | by IMPO Staff

Unfortunately, despite their critical role in manufacturing, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s information technology network, making the endeavor costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient.             

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The Evolution of HVAC-Hacks.com

May 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Tim Gibson, P.E., Technology Writer

With HVAC-Hacks.com, technicians and other HVAC-related people post their experiences to educate people and further the industry. It has become an Internet success story beyond expectations.                   

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Lean In Action

May 22, 2014 3:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Lean manufacturing is nothing new, yet the tools available to help support this critical foundation to continuous improvement are ever-changing.                               

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Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

May 22, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Monadnock understands that the community depends on it, and they don’t take that responsibility lightly. This loyalty, coupled with wise investments and risk taking, has allowed MPM to remain profitable across three centuries.       

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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

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Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Wright

The very term “supply chain” implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

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How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 13, 2014 9:56 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation

Nearly three in four managers rank distribution center automation as the number one way to increase productivity.                                       

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The Three Key Catalysts For More Precise Recalls

May 12, 2014 4:47 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US

Recalls are designed to ensure public health and safety. But they don’t have to cause long-lasting damage to a brand or bottom line if they are orchestrated with surgical precision.                    

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Why The Can Could Be The Right Choice For Your Products

May 12, 2014 4:42 pm | by Hella Gourven, CROWN Food Packaging North America

In fact, more than 1,500 distinct food types are currently being packed in metal cans. But protection means more than simply guarding against damage during transport.                         

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Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

May 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Grainger - @grainger

Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage. Is your equipment ready?                              

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Choosing the Right Material for the Job

May 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Anderson Development

The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same time keeping price and processability in mind.                                 

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Reduce Fouling In Reverse Osmosis With Electronic Water Treatment

May 9, 2014 9:57 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc.

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across the system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes.                

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange - @TomReddon

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.                          

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Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

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