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The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.     

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Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

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A Radical Company Challenge: Stop The Complaining

March 27, 2014 2:13 pm | by Peter D. Winiarski, CEO, Win Enterprises, LLC

Taking 100 percent responsibility for the outcomes in your life means giving up blaming others or complaining about external events.                                 

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The Nuts & Bolts Of MRO: How Inventory Data Can Strengthen Your Supply Chain

March 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Just as there are a lot of different types of inventory, there are a lot of different ways to manage it.             

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Justification For Migration

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                  

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Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

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A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

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Detection Perfection

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.                               

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Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                             

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Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 19, 2014 4:38 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

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An Inside Look At CAT's Business Ingenuity

March 19, 2014 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.       

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Making Room For More Lead Time

March 17, 2014 2:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans

No matter what the end product, there is always pressure to be an industry leader in lead time, and to meet those targets in a safe, reliable, and cost-efficient manner. Reducing lead times can provide manufacturers with a multitude of benefits.

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The Inevitable Future of Driverless Cars

March 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development

Autonomous driving has long been on the to-do list for car manufacturers, but within the last year consumer interest has spurred inquisition in both the engineering community, as well as the legal arena.             

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Could Open Source Be An Engine For The Internet Of Things?

March 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Jeff Evans & Alain Louchez

Whether it is an innovation engine, or the actual level playing field (as argued during the international ITU conference), open source is growingly viewed as a credible game changer for IoT.                   

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Manufacturers Show Interest In, But Lack Awareness Of, Energy Demand Response Programs

March 14, 2014 8:06 am | by By Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP

Even if you already deploy technologies to reduce energy consumption, you may be able to realize additional savings by enrolling in a demand response program.                           

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Preventing A Violation, Protecting Your Workers

March 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Improving plant safety practices protects workers, eliminates fines, helps to maintain company image, and increases worker retention. Experts in the field provide up-to-date advice on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility.      

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Take Profitability To The Next Level

March 13, 2014 8:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

We truly believe manufacturers and distributors can benefit tremendously by collaborating on best practices and generating new ideas for better business models.                           

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New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

March 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture

Contract manufacturing can be an effective way for companies to extend capacity and add flexibility to their production network, critical benefits in a highly volatile business environment.                 

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Eight Myths That Keep Manufacturers From Claiming The R&D Tax Credit

March 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup

The research and development (R&D) tax credit has never been more available to manufacturers. It’s a shame the majority of them don’t realize it yet.                           

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Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

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