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Successful Automation’s Best Kept Secret

January 23, 2009 12:47 pm | by Roy Kok, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Kepware Technologies

Sure, the engineer is proud of his HMI and the plant manager pleased with his KPI dashboard and how effectively the plant is running with the implementation of his new MES solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a plant control crisis is averted. 

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Q&A With Kim Miller Dunn

January 22, 2009 10:05 am

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Anomalies Of "Things People"

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Mike Collins

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Labor Pains

January 22, 2009 10:05 am | by Anna Wells

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of welders employed in the U.S. declined an astounding 10 percent from 2000 to 2005—from 594,000 in 2000 to 576,000 in 2005. It may not be the most publicized issue facing American manufacturing, but it's one that every plant manager is well aware of—the shortage of welding professionals in industry is becoming a more major concern, even in an economy rife with layoffs.

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Bigger & Better

January 22, 2009 10:05 am

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QRM For Reducing Lead Times

December 4, 2008 5:08 am

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Hunters Vs. Meateaters

November 21, 2008 12:38 pm

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LEEDers Of The Pack

November 21, 2008 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells

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A Green View

November 21, 2008 12:15 pm | by Anna Wells

In response to an increasing emphasis on energy visibility as a cost calculation, Infor has developed Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, a new solution that integrates energy management with asset management. With Infor EAM Asset Sustainability Edition, Infor has redefined enterprise asset management from a solution that helps you maintain and extend the life of your assets to a solution that also can help you lower costs by reducing your energy consumption.

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Energy Optimization

November 21, 2008 12:03 pm | by Cassie Quaintance, Energy Market Segment Manager, Schneider Electric

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Water Conservation: The Business Case

October 9, 2008 6:44 am | by William F. Harfst, Harfst and Associates, Inc.

Record-breaking droughts have plagued the Southeast and the arid Southwest. Georgia is caught in the grip of a drought that is the worst in 100 years of record keeping while at the same time 30 million people in the Southwest witnessed water reserves in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both part of the Colorado River system, decline to near-record low levels.

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Lean Tools- Finding A Fit

October 9, 2008 6:43 am

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Kinda, Sorta Lean... So What Comes Next?

September 12, 2008 2:26 pm

By David R. Dixon, Technical Change Associates. The preemptive competitive advantages enjoyed by early Lean adopters have dissipated as more and more companies are “converted” to techniques that reduce waste and slash lead times. --> h4 { font: bold 14px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; } .

Style Points

September 12, 2008 1:54 pm

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Q & A with Robert J. Latino, Reliability Center, Inc.

September 12, 2008 10:13 am

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Time To Align

September 12, 2008 8:13 am | by David Zdrojewski, Founder & CEO, VibrAlign, Inc.

A well trained aligner can accomplish a precision shaft alignment in one or two moves virtually every time. This is true whether the aligner uses laser tools or dial gauges to measure the misalignment— and I'm talking about making shaft centers collinear to within a few thousandths of an inch. 

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Opportunities In A Tough Electrical Market

September 12, 2008 8:13 am | by Bob Zak, President, Powerit Solutions

Industrial manufacturers consume roughly one-third of the power utilized in the US. This fact is not lost on utilities and energy service providers. Lucrative programs and new incentives exist today for industrial companies as power providers try to find ways to tap into the demand side and create more capacity.

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Are We Making Progress?

September 12, 2008 8:13 am | by Mike Collins is the author of Saving American Manufacturing, a comprehensive step-by-step strategy that demonstrates how to ultimately become an organization that will continually find new opportunities in today's fast-changing global economy.

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Q & A with Mike Seals, Jabezco Industrial Group

August 25, 2008 2:11 pm

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Customers As Collaborators

August 25, 2008 1:39 pm | by Mike Collins

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