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Flooring Cable Systems That Can Be Reconfigured

June 10, 2014 11:11 am | by Jim Norton, President at Custom Products & Services, Inc.

In today’s technology driven classrooms, the requirement for power, data, and AV connections to be located exactly where needed is now more important than ever.                          

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Summer Is Here: Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 5, 2014 5:07 pm | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.   

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Dealing With "Fast-Breaking" Crisis Situations in Your Plant

June 5, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.            

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Digital Document Workflow Opens Options for Door Maker

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Wacker, Laserfiche

This Texas company found itself paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So it turned to technology to provide an answer, securing its reputation for excellence and reliability.          

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Manufacturing

June 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture

Why does software integration with hardware matter so much? In a word, money.                                                          

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Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated

If implemented correctly, wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.                    

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10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Lifts

May 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Terex Corporation

The following operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potentially deadly fall.                         

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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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