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Sustainable Manufacturing: A Q&A With Eastman Chemical's Mark Cox

July 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Mark Cox explains how going green is a boost for the mega-manufacturer’s bottom line.


How Does Improving MRO Inventory Management Reduce Maintenance Cost?

June 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Wally Wilson

Controlling the cost for equipment repairs requires careful management of the Maintenance, Repair and Operational (MRO) spare parts inventory.


5 Project Management Lessons for Manufacturing

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andreas Tremel

Staying focused on how best to execute project management tactics is often hard and overlooked, especially when pressured for time and/or funds. Here's a look at 5 project management lessons worth remembering. 


Don't Sleep Through a Chance at Maximum Efficiency

June 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Everyone has been there — eye lids drooping, blinks getting longer, the mind starting to get foggy and that overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. But for many this feeling might not come from your average night of restless sleep; it could be the result of an undiagnosed sleep disorder that could be very harmful to your health and your work.  


Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 25, 2015 10:10 am | by Daniel Erickson

An investment in business intelligence (BI) software would be a wise move in these times of fluctuating profit margins, increased global competition, and expanding regulations. BI empowers your organization to make well-informed, timelier, and more intelligent business decisions.


Increasing Efficiency Through iQagent Q&A With Bob Meads

June 24, 2015 3:02 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Through the creation of an augmented reality system that connects the entire plant floor, manufacturers are able to increase efficiency and ROI when dealing with machine failures. To explain this new system, Bob Meads, the CEO of iQuest, took the time to answer some of IMPO’s most pressing questions.


Improving Your Manufacturing Process with a Main Automation Contractor

June 24, 2015 10:05 am | by Ed Diehl

Manufacturers can tap into control integration expertise by using a main automation contractor, often referred to as a MAC, who takes the lead by integrating all aspects of their project, resulting in a smoother and faster start-up.


Establish Authority in the Parts Market to Expand Revenue Channels

June 23, 2015 10:09 am | by Mark Gross

A look at how manufacturers can benefit from implementing a content management strategy.


Document Management: From Windows to Widgets — The Advantage is Clear

June 22, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jeff Frankel

Increasing efficiency, productivity and gaining competitive advantage are only some of the reasons manufacturing companies large and small are turning to document management systems.


How Globalization is Reshaping the Engineering Services Outsourcing Market

June 22, 2015 9:29 am | by GH Rao, President – Engineering Services (ERS) for HCL Technologies

Recently, we’ve witnessed a shift from products to an ecosystem of services around the product focusing on end user experience.


7 Tips for a Successful Enterprise Software Implementation

June 19, 2015 10:36 am | by Sameer Bhatia

Purchasing a new enterprise application is an important step your company can take toward becoming a better business. But like all new workplace initiatives, just because you build it doesn’t mean that they will come.


Equipment Acquisition: Fair Market Value or $1 Buyout Lease? What You Need to Know to Decide

June 18, 2015 2:53 pm | by William G. Sutton, CAE, President and CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

When you’re looking to preserve or access capital, equipment financing is an attractive option that offers these and numerous other benefits when acquiring equipment. With leasing, knowing the factors that go into deciding whether to enter into a fair market value (FMV) lease or $1 buyout lease will enable you to make the right financing choice for the equipment you need to operate your business. 


Improving Downtime and Disaster Recovery with Virtualization

June 18, 2015 9:44 am | by Jacob Haugen

Virtualization as a manufacturing tool is powerful because it's hardware independent for systems that cannot fail.


How to Develop and Execute a Weekly Maintenance Schedule

June 17, 2015 2:21 pm | by Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering

Developing and executing a weekly maintenance schedule comes with its own unique set of challenges. However, there are ways to make it easier, more manageable and most important effective. 


Three Times Cool Tech Transformed Manufacturing

June 17, 2015 9:41 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Here are some examples of innovative solutions IoT can provide.


Sustainable Manufacturing Starts with Compressed Air Optimization

June 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Alfredo Piccolo, Vice President CTS Sales & Marketing USA Atlas Copco Compressors LLC

Of all the energy used in manufacturing, compressed air systems have the largest potential for improvement.


A Glimpse Into Toyota Material Handling: Q&A with Tom Lego

June 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Tom Lego the manager of Toyota’s National Customer Center, took the time to discuss the company’s material handling business. He discusses the advantages of domestic operations, the touchstones of the company’s success, current trends and much more.


The Advantages of Integrated Supply

June 15, 2015 1:52 pm | by George Krauter

True and optimum “Integrated Supply” is [or should be] a defined process that allows the client to discontinue management of MRO stores and related operations while optimizing return on investment benefits. 


Track and Trace Technology: One Cure for the Common Recall

June 15, 2015 9:53 am | by Jack Payne

Mass recalls can be prevented. Manufacturers can become more proactive in mitigating the risk and impact of contamination if leveraging technology correctly.


Infographic: The Return of the Manufacturing Sector

June 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Since the Great Recession, the phenomenon of reshoring manufacturing jobs and operations has found itself sitting in the spotlight. But has the reshoring drive actually produced tangible effects?



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