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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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Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

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Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by American Psychological Association

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons.             

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11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

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Flying High: How Querétaro Became a Leading Global Manufacturing Location

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group

One need look no further than BMW’s recent announcement of its new $1 billion production facility in San Luis Potosi for evidence of the strengths of Mexican manufacturing.                       

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Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

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Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Allison Parker

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits of Shifting Paper Forms to Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jason Peck

Your business can now rapidly and affordably shift from paper forms and experience five key cost saving, productivity and customer experience benefits that a cloud-based mobile app solution delivers.               

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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

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Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

June 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology; it’s here today.                              

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 1:58 pm | by Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy, HighJump Software

The manufacturing and retail industries have more in common than ever before, and the straight and narrow path of product movement has turned into a roundabout in which the channels of order and fulfillment are intertwined.       

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics

Industrial work environments need an effective industrial cleaning machine to remove contaminants from the surfaces of parts before they are sent to the next step in the manufacturing process.                 

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Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

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