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Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

November 6, 2013 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D

Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.         

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5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

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Demand Response Programs Lower Electricity Costs, But Also Pose Risks

November 5, 2013 9:26 am | by David Cousineau, Kimberly Frank, and Jeffrey Fuisz, Kaye Scholer’s Energy & Infrastructure Group

Take our poll!  Many industrial manufacturers with the ability to control their electricity usage are now taking advantage of demand response programs to help reduce their energy costs. Demand response programs pay participants to reduce electric energy usage for short periods of time. 

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Does A Manufacturing Decline Reduce The Capacity To Innovate?

November 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Penny Olmos

The key phrase here is “new ideas entering the market.” It's not like there aren't any new ideas floating in the heads of enterprising individuals, but the ideas just don't reach the shop floor. The resources needed to bring innovative ideas to life are in short supply in U.S.

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Upward Momentum

November 4, 2013 9:50 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report On Business.

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Next Generation of High-Speed Goods-to-Person Picking Solutions Optimize Flexibility and Throughput

November 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Jim McMahon, international logistics and automation writer

Many executives running high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to prepare small-quantity, mixed-SKU orders to ship and arrive on schedule with short delivery times.            

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What’s Your Game Plan?

November 1, 2013 4:18 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Being that it’s football season, the phrase “game plan” usually evokes thoughts of my beloved Green Bay Packers — so you can bet I needed a good reason to spend last week in Chicago Bears country.Luckily, the inaugural Game Plan conference – the brain child of tech leaders like hybris, SAP, Accenture, and others – provided that incentive.

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Supply Chain Management: The Advantages Of Real-Time Inventory Management

November 1, 2013 9:55 am | by Lindsay Themea, Desmond & Louis and Swapan Nag, Nag, Inc.

The growing demand for immediate information in business has driven the creation of real-time data analysis solutions by geospatial engineering firms.  Advanced consumer reporting solutions allow manufacturers, retailers and distribution companies to collect and crunch real-time inventory and sales data, and make it usable in seconds. 

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Maximizing Operational Reliability Through Lightning Protection

November 1, 2013 9:39 am | by Peter Carpenter, Lightning Eliminators and Consultants

For any business with a physical presence, from a nuclear power plant to a large manufacturing and shipping facility to an office equipped with sensitive electronics, a determination of the consequences of a lightning strike should be part of this risk analysis.

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The Rise Of Remanufacturing

October 30, 2013 9:24 am | by Rajesh Krishnan, Director, Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU, Wipro Technologies

Manufacturers are seeing the need, as well as the potential business value, from turning outdated manufacturing processes into a cyclical process where products get reused, rather than dumped into already-overflowing landfills.       

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Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 30, 2013 8:49 am

As the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment changes warehousing operations, the manufacturing industry is using new technology to address the formidable warehousing challenges that must be overcome.           

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7 Important Things To Know Before Financing Equipment

October 29, 2013 9:24 am | by Philip A. Bruno, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Leasing Corporation

Most food and beverage manufacturers are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but they may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software.   

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Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act

October 28, 2013 9:06 am | by Michael Groebe, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner

While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings. Employers that forget about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) and applicable state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril.

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The Evolution Of Connectivity On The Food And Beverage Plant Floor

October 28, 2013 8:59 am | by Frank Malczyk, Program Manager, Industrial Automation & Riky Comini, Business Development Director, Industrial Automation, Molex Incorporated

Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.

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Turning The Tables On Wasteful Setups

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Trunnions

Upgrading machine tool technology – either by major retrofit of existing machines or purchase of new equipment – is often an expensive proposition requiring non-productive downtime and months or even years to realize a return on the capital expenditure.

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Legal Risk Management: What Every Manufacturer Should Do Now

October 25, 2013 9:18 am | by Tonya G. Newman and Sonya Rosenberg

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” The English proverb resonates, particularly in the area of risk management. One of the most important tools available to any successful business operation is the deliberate assessment and tackling of potential risks.

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Avoiding Chemical & Foreign Object Contamination: Key To Food Safety

October 23, 2013 9:18 am | by Greg Bruce, Marketing Manager, LPS Laboratories

Let’s face it, there are so many ways that food products can be contaminated. If a food product is contaminated, the impact to your company’s bottom line can be substantial. Thus, risk mitigation is paramount in food processing — period.   

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Putting Design & Production Tests In Their Place

October 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design

Increasing pressure on timescales and the relentless pace of new technology introductions can pressurize companies to reduce design testing to a minimum. Conversely, production testing can be over-engineered to no great effect, resulting in increased production costs and a false sense of security.

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For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

October 22, 2013 9:40 am | by BEUMER Group

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centers of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.

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Could Your R&D Projects Save You Some Dough?

October 21, 2013 9:28 am | by Adam Beckerman, partner-in-charge of manufacturing and distribution group at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

$90,844,000. That’s the total value of the federal Research and Development Tax Credit awarded to food manufacturers in 2010. Are you missing out on some dough? Many food manufacturers don’t know about this valuable credit or don’t recognize that the activities they perform within their plant are eligible for the savings.

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