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Manufacturer's View: Winning Big Means Keeping Distributors In The Loop

July 24, 2015 1:32 pm | by Mark Klein

Manufacturers need to start considering their distribution team as part of their sales team. The closer the distributor is to the sales team, the easier it is for everyone to win.


The Plant Of The Future: Seven Key Elements

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by Todd Edmunds, Bob Voss & Cliff Whitehead

Manufacturers are converging their OT and IT systems into a unified network architecture, giving them nearly unlimited access to valuable production data that can help them make improvements and more swiftly react to market changes.


Six Tips To Protect Against Intellectual Property Theft

July 23, 2015 11:16 am | by Salo Fajer

Sensitive data — particularly, IP — is key to a manufacturing firm’s success and upper hand. If this data isn’t properly safeguarded, not only can a company accrue serious monetary fines, but it can also suffer a hit to its reputation and public trust. 


Heading Upstream: Technology Takes Robotics Up The Packaging Line

July 22, 2015 3:10 pm | by PMMI

Advanced networking, integration and controls drive the implementation of robots beyond end-of-line applications.


Modern Manufacturing Part I: Control Via The Cloud

July 22, 2015 11:02 am | by Danny Weiss

The “cloud” has developed an unfortunate reputation for ambiguity and complexity. In reality, cloud technology is all about delivering a flexible, easy and intuitive user experience. No other industry is in need of that more than manufacturing.


Rising To The Occasion

July 21, 2015 11:14 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread, which recently expanded its distribution to all 50 states, prides itself on its hand-crafted/seed-encrusted line of breads.


Moving Toward A Safer Plant

July 17, 2015 4:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Conveyors are a crucial piece of automation that can help increase efficiency and productivity across the plant floor through connectivity and smart technology.


Reengineering Your Supply Chain: Q&A With Brooks Bentz

July 17, 2015 2:57 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Insights on supply chain best practices and obstacles to avoid, as well as how to measure supply chain success, how to combat tightening capacity and how to automate operations.


What Do Beer, Healthcare And Manufacturing Have In Common?

July 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Brad Wechter

The conceptual link between all of these industries is the improvement of business processes through the Internet of Things.


Putting Your Maintenance Program To The Test

July 14, 2015 4:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

We all realize the need for the maintenance department to keep up with regular predictive activities. But simply conducting these regular reviews of equipment is only half the battle.


Low Corrosion Marking: Is a Low-Chloride/Low-Halogen Product Enough to Ensure Safety and Compliance?

July 14, 2015 4:42 pm | by Kevin Talbott, Marketing Manager at LA-CO Industries, Inc.

Would you find it hard to believe that a seemingly simple ink marker could be responsible for the jobsite shutdown of two under-construction nuclear power plants?


Protein Snack Powerhouse

July 14, 2015 3:09 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Jack Link’s of Minong, WI brings precision – and fun – to the art of jerky-making.


Interested In Decreasing Workers’ Compensation Costs And Increasing Safety? Think Worksite Health

July 14, 2015 2:58 pm | by Curtis Smith

Even with great safety programs, employers face ever-rising workers’ compensation costs.


The Advancement Of 3D Printing And Its Impact On The Manufacturing Industry

July 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Aaron Bresinger & Yves Leclerc

Could 3D printing be the catalyst for the next set of major innovations in manufacturing?


The Magic 8 WMS Questions You Need To Ask

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by Eric Allais

Choosing the right WMS can not only make processes more efficient and help manage a workforce, it can also position an organization for growth and greatly improve customer service.


What's Missing From The Tank Car Safety Discussion

July 10, 2015 10:46 am | by Ken Grantham

The most preventable problem affecting safety is corrosion.


Six Ways Heavy Equipment Manufacturers Can Prepare For The Future Of IoT

July 9, 2015 11:12 am | by Joanna Rotter

The services you provide to customers after the initial sale are more important than ever.


Hybrid Cloud Approach Simplifies B2G Requirements Within ERP Systems

July 8, 2015 10:43 am | by Scott Lewin

A look at why a hybrid cloud management solution is the best way to address the issues associated with business-to-government requirements.


The Right Software Creates A More Sophisticated Supply Chain

July 7, 2015 11:14 am | by Randy Marble

With an increasing number of solutions available, distribution leaders should focus on advanced capabilities to gain improved productivity and profitability in the always-on supply chain.


Gap Analysis: Driving ROI

July 6, 2015 11:09 am | by Bilal Paracha

A gap analysis can move manufacturing facilities into the future of business intelligence. Forward-thinking owners should consider platforms that provide insight into their data warehouses and will connect various systems in order to gain data traceability.



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