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Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

May 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Grainger - @grainger

Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage. Is your equipment ready?                              

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Choosing the Right Material for the Job

May 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Anderson Development

The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same time keeping price and processability in mind.                                 

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Reduce Fouling In Reverse Osmosis With Electronic Water Treatment

May 9, 2014 9:57 am | by Jan De Baat Doelman, President, Scalewatcher North America Inc.

The results of limescale build-up are a higher pressure drop across the system. This translates into higher operating costs and eventually the need to clean or replace the reverse osmosis membranes.                

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America’s Top 4 Forklift Manufacturers And What Makes Them Special

May 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange - @TomReddon

Patriotism aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy an American-made forklift, foremost of which is the high standards American forklift manufacturers are held to.                          

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Personal Robots, New Business Models Are New Mega Trends By 2020

May 8, 2014 9:58 am | by Frost & Sullivan

By 2020, personal robots ranging between $1,500 and $4,500 could enter our lives, technologies such as 3D printing could likely generate revenue of $7.1 billion by 2020, and we will witness the emergence of new business models.       

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Eliminating Auto Factory Crashes

May 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Danetta Bramhall, ProSoft Technology

Needless to say, having cars crash before they have been completely assembled is not good for the bottom line. That was the problem Autos y Máquinas del Ecuador S.A. was experiencing in its Hyundai/KIA manufacturing plant in Ecuador.      

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How IoT Continues To Transform The Industrial Sector

May 5, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

The Internet of Things has already been a positive disruption for U.S. manufacturing, and a number of indicators show that we’re just getting started.                             

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Q&A: Working with Packaging Closures

May 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Just as the closure has evolved, so have the needs of brands to leverage the technology effectively, and today they look to their suppliers to better understand the capabilities and value of the different solutions available.        

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How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

May 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Bruce Bradshaw

Catching design errors before committing to a production run can yield big savings, but there’s another benefit to using 3D printing at this early stage.                            

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development

As a general rule, engineers approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry.              

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Count On Accuracy: Selecting The Right Scale For The Job

May 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Simone Zimmerman, Market Manager, METTLER TOLEDO Industrial

When it comes to counting scales, a common misconception is that high internal resolution directly impacts accuracy.                                       

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Choosing The Right Additive Manufacturing Technology

May 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Barfoot, Managing Director, Hyphen

Each additive manufacturing process is simply a different tool in the toolbox. Our goal is to help guide you through the technology options so that you can feel more confident and educated as you make your technology decisions.       

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Building The Industrial Cloud

April 28, 2014 10:27 am | by Moxa America

The Internet of Things is big news in heavy industries like the energy and power industries, shipping, and transportation. For these companies, the benefits are great — the only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work.     

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Business Intelligence And The Future Of Manufacturing

April 28, 2014 10:12 am | by Adam Cohen, Director of Partner Business Development, Information Builders

Today’s plant floors generate unimaginable volumes of data. That data can help a manufacturer increase throughput, understand where it is most exposed to risk and respond to customer demands in near-real time. Yet in the manufacturing sector, many businesses struggle to maintain pace with their data.  

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Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with experts to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.           

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

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Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

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3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches.               

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3D Printing & The Manufacturing Renaissance

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Kimberly Knickle, IDC Manufacturing Insights

Imagine if manufacturers no longer had to wait multiple years for a perfect location and a factory to be completed before they could start producing.                              

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Lean And Beyond - Increasing The Awareness Of MRO

April 16, 2014 11:33 am | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.

Too many companies view MRO stores as a necessary evil; a situation recognized as a constraint but ignored as an opportunity for improvement.                                

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