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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people.            

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Digital Document Workflow Opens Options for Door Maker

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Wacker, Laserfiche

This Texas company found itself paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So it turned to technology to provide an answer, securing its reputation for excellence and reliability.          

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Manufacturing

June 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture

Why does software integration with hardware matter so much? In a word, money.                                                          

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Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 2, 2014 11:13 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated

If implemented correctly, wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.                    

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10 Safety Tips for Operating Aerial Lifts

May 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Terex Corporation

The following operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potentially deadly fall.                         

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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

May 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by By Adam Willwerth, Sales and Marketing Manager, Electro Static Technology

Until all motors are designed with built-in bearing protection, plant maintenance personnel and motor repair shops will continue to replace damaged bearings. But if proper mitigation is installed, it only has to be done once.        

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Q&A: Environmental Health and Safety Programs

May 27, 2014 1:15 pm | by IMPO Staff

Unfortunately, despite their critical role in manufacturing, EHS programs are often managed outside a company’s information technology network, making the endeavor costly, time-consuming, and grossly inefficient.             

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The Evolution of HVAC-Hacks.com

May 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Tim Gibson, P.E., Technology Writer

With HVAC-Hacks.com, technicians and other HVAC-related people post their experiences to educate people and further the industry. It has become an Internet success story beyond expectations.                   

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Lean In Action

May 22, 2014 3:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Lean manufacturing is nothing new, yet the tools available to help support this critical foundation to continuous improvement are ever-changing.                               

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Inside America's Oldest Continuously Operating Paper Mill

May 22, 2014 3:02 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Monadnock understands that the community depends on it, and they don’t take that responsibility lightly. This loyalty, coupled with wise investments and risk taking, has allowed MPM to remain profitable across three centuries.       

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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

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Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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The High-Tech Side of Material Transport

May 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Not only is automation helpful for increasing the efficiency of a plant, but it can also help prevent costly mistakes, leading to product waste and recalls.                            

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New Models and Concepts Needed for Asia-Pacific Supply Chains

May 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Wright

The very term “supply chain” implies a straight line and a singular operating mode, with tight linkages moving goods smoothly from mode to mode and location to location. In Asia-Pacific, however, this concept is unrealistic.        

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

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How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 13, 2014 9:56 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation

Nearly three in four managers rank distribution center automation as the number one way to increase productivity.                                       

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The Three Key Catalysts For More Precise Recalls

May 12, 2014 4:47 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US

Recalls are designed to ensure public health and safety. But they don’t have to cause long-lasting damage to a brand or bottom line if they are orchestrated with surgical precision.                    

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