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3D Printing & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights

Imagine if manufacturers no longer had to wait multiple years for a perfect location and a factory to be completed before they could start producing.                              

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Lean And Beyond - Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 11:33 am | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

Too many companies view MRO stores as a necessary evil; a situation recognized as a constraint but ignored as an opportunity for improvement.                                

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Tools For The Future: Industrial Suppliers Are Becoming One-Stop-Shops

April 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

Tool suppliers are becoming more one-stop-shops as businesses develop their core and accessory products, and focus attention on education.                                

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Q&A: HVAC Education And Technology Advancements

April 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

Coyne College is a Chicago-based trade school that’s been teaching HVAC and other vocations for more than 110 years. Student services, from tutoring and career development to job placement assistance, are structured to enhance career preparation by addressing each student’s unique needs. 

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Q&A: Prepping For FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 15, 2014 2:43 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to our colleagues at Food Manufacturing about OSHA’s new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.                   

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Affecting Change To Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.   

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Changing The Tune On Asset Uptime

April 11, 2014 12:13 pm | by Leah Friberg, Education and Public Affairs, Fluke Corporation

Not all businesses have the budgets to implement a dedicated predictive maintenance system, but they do have smart devices that can be incorporated into daily use, raising the overall effectiveness of even a small maintenance team.       

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.                           

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.               

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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP

Concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing is growing. The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum.      

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What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 9, 2014 2:11 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group

Approaches and locations for companies in Mexico differ, but a common theme unites them: Growth prospects.                                          

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.                         

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Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 9, 2014 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

The federal credit rewards companies anytime they are developing or improving their products and processes that are technological in nature.                                 

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MODEX 2014 Showcases Innovative Solutions From Around The World

April 9, 2014 8:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Thousands of professionals and enthusiasts converged on Atlanta in mid-March for one of the largest supply chain shows in the world: MODEX.                                 

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.         

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact The Entire Supply Chain

April 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc.

Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping. A more efficient inbound freight program can minimize delays, save money, and even reduce confusion.     

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Protecting Detroit's Water With Better Controls

April 7, 2014 3:40 pm | by Rockwell Automation

To better protect the rivers from runoff, the city began building a network of combined sewer overflow basins. The basins play a major role in protecting the surrounding watersheds, and the people and wildlife living there.        

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Petrochemical Company Reduces Scale In Heat Exchangers

April 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Jan de Baat Doelman, Scalewatcher

Liaoyang Petroleum’s Olefin Factory in the Hongwei District of mainland China, producing MEG and polypropylene, is saving $65,000 a year in maintenance following the installation of a computerized, electronic water conditioner.   

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How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

April 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, one fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.

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Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

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