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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 | by Chris Palmisano | Comments

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

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Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors.             

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5 Solutions for Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 1:53 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies for Your Business

October 20, 2014 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available.               

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Manufacturers Gear Up for More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Wayne Kovach

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 9:15 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

October 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mark Adair

The triple bottom line is a term that was coined in the 90’s. In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. The conventional wisdom is that a combination of these three components leads to a successful company that retains employees, partners and clients.

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The Generational Divide

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

How do the youngest crop of workers – who continue to enter the industry as we speak – best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

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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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