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OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

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After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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7 Alternate Causes Behind Manufacturing Inventory Shortages

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by SDC CPA, LLC

For manufacturers, though, employee theft isn’t the only potential problem. Complex production processes and the sheer volume of products and materials in your warehouse can make it hard to get a handle on your inventory. That can result inventory shrinkage, where the actual number of items on your shelves is lower than the number of recorded items.

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Realities of Illinois Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region.                   

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CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, but Growth is Slowing

December 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row.     

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The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

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New EPA Regulations Force Change in the Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 12:54 pm | by Nate Maguire

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance. 

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6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains.             

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Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         

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A Journeyman's Roadmap for Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

December 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation

Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

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Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

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Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

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2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

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How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers are Finding Value Through Weaving the Digital Thread

December 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards promised by new technologies are worth the inherent risks they contain.

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New Balance Creates Running Shoe of the Future with 3D printing

December 5, 2014 9:32 am | by New Balance

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D-printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

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