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Market to Manufacturing: It’s Time to Digitize

September 15, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Paul Williams

Manufacturing has not typically been thought of as an industry driving digital transformation. In fact, just 12 percent are deemed to be Digerati — leading-edge innovators who have fused front and back-end processes together to enable seamless innovation and delivery.

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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 1:11 pm | by Dieter Pape

Time means everything in manufacturing, and clocks that are synchronized to display the same, accurate time aren’t just a convenience. They are required for efficient, compliant operations.                  

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Demystifying the Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Diane Palmquist

We’ve all heard about “Industry 4.0” and the promises an increased flow of data and better quality information will have on shaping a new manufacturing reality. But what does the Internet of Things and more connections really mean for the manufacturing business? 

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The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

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Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

September 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Larry Korak

The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    

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Recall Limbo: How To Handle an Automotive Recall

September 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Automakers or U.S. safety regulators often send out recall notices before parts are ready. Sometimes the companies or dealers offer free loaner cars, but most of the time they don't. That presents car owners with a difficult question: should they keep driving and hope the problem doesn't affect them, or rent a car until the dealer gets parts, which can take months or even a year?

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ISM: Numbers Are Up On Strong Demand

September 5, 2014 9:12 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Boeing's Dreamliner To Be Built In Charleston

September 4, 2014 9:57 am | by Warren Wise, Charleston Post & Courier

The only Boeing airplane that will be built exclusively in North Charleston has landed a supplier, an aerospace division of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp.                       

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Storeroom Management Remains Big Problem For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 11:02 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor of Industrial Distribution

One of the most troubling difficulties many manufacturers face is controlling their MRO expenditures and also making sure that they have the right number of products in their storerooms as needed.               

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Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 10:36 am | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.

Though some aspects of the case against Buckyballs are unique, there are several lessons for manufacturers based on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's approach to its enforcement action against Buckyballs.           

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The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

September 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, i.e., transforming the manufacturing process into a nimble and seamless whole, and a fully integrated process with the downstream and upstream production environment. 

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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

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Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.info

Chem.Info sat down with Thierry Materne, global vice president of Technology for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, to talk about the development of the world's first thermoplastic wheel.                 

Three Keys to Great Warehouse Management

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity

Senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.               

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The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing in The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     

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Much Ado About Trends in Distribution

August 26, 2014 3:05 pm | by David Frentzel

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance —  because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can. 

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7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Will Bacon

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

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Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc.

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

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What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan

Taking control of your product portfolio and more effectively managing quoting can be a challenge. That’s where the power of a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution comes in.                      

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