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Let’s Get Visible

July 22, 2013 3:35 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Asset management, at its core, is all about profitability. If a manufacturer can gain a clear picture of how and where assets are being used, they can account for overuse, underuse, lost items, bottlenecks, theft, and more. And in doing so, there is an endless list of tools to consider.

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ISM Polls Show External Effects On Manufacturing And The Supply Chain

July 22, 2013 3:25 pm

The Institute for Supply Chain Management held their 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference & Educational Exhibit April 28th through May 1st in Grapevine, TX. More than 2,000 professionals attended the conference and several “instant” digital polls were held, taking a look at reshoring and tax concerns. Thomas Derry, CEO of ISM, discusses the results of those polls and how they are affecting business and the economy.

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Barriers To ReShoring: A Detailed Look

July 22, 2013 3:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Not too long ago, an article outlined some major reasons why reshoring, for all its business viability and value to the American economy, faces real problems with aging machinery and a workforce in need of new, well-trained people. Naturally, these concerns stem from a variety of flaws in the educational and training systems, and from a lack of foresight from manufacturers, who were not prepared for such a wide skills gap.

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Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Pro Weld Inc.

July 22, 2013 3:11 pm

Pro Weld Inc., a Michigan manufacturer of material handling containers, set goals to improve the quality of their product, eliminate re-work, and reduce energy costs in their welding and painting operation that runs three shifts per day. A key improvement in the final painting and inspection portion of the building was increasing the levels and quality of light so the employees could clearly see their work.

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Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Southeast Packaging

July 22, 2013 3:05 pm

Southeast Packaging has been on the fast track to lead its industry in energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, “green” programs. So when management began investigating ways to improve the efficiency of lighting at its packaging facility in Concord, NC, they turned to OEO’s “BIG LIGHT.”

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Product Update: Lighting Retrofits At Saint-Gobain

July 22, 2013 3:01 pm

With more than 15,000 people working at 58 manufacturing sites worldwide, the Saint-Gobain brand Verallia is a worldwide leader, specializing in high quality glass containers. When the time came to renovate a quality control and packing hall at its Neuburg  glass packaging plant in Germany, Verallia was looking for a more efficient lighting solution to replace its 250W HPS high bays that were actually drawing 300W.

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Convenient, Efficient, Green Maintenance Chemicals

July 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Industrial manufacturers across the world need to stay efficient, productive, and safe in an ever-increasing competitive global market. They turn to industrial cleaners and degreasers to quickly and effectively sanitize and disinfect, improve the appearance of their facility, prepare surfaces for plating or adhesive bonding, eliminate the potential for contamination, and more.

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CMMS: A Laser Focus

July 22, 2013 2:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Before the world began clamoring for “big data,” there were industrial companies who pioneered via systems like CMMS or EAM in order to better structure their maintenance programs. Having an opportunity to make truly informed decisions due to better tracking of maintenance procedures, asset usage, breakdown costs, and efficiency of resources meant a competitive advantage.

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CNC Machines Go Horizontal

July 22, 2013 2:43 pm

Suburban Manufacturing has been in business more than 33 years and has a gleaming, state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot CNC machine shop. According to vice president Brian Nuibe, Suburban is a “true job shop. We have vertical machining centers and horizontal machining centers, single- and multi-spindle CNC lathe machines, saws, hones, sand blasting, part marking — a huge array of operations.”

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Wrapped Around Innovation

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Pat and Bill Lancaster believed that pallet loads of product could be better protected — that billions of dollars of unsalable product due to shipping damage could be reclaimed and energy spent recycling, repurposing, or disposing of this damaged product could be regained. Pallet loads could be better stabilized and product should be — and could be — better protected in transit.

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TIC’s Control Plant Expansion: Creating Jobs, Space, Quality

July 22, 2013 8:02 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

TIC required more capacity to produce medium voltage adjustable speed drives to meet increasing demand, as well as keep up with the growth of our other product lines including low voltage drives, motors starters, and rail transit products.

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Restoring The ‘Tech Belt’ With Next-Gen Manufacturing

July 22, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The “Tech Belt“ region of the U.S. has undergone explosive growth in the years since the Great Recession. Some of the hardest-hit cities have seen manufacturing’s return with very positive upward trends. Among the region’s largest success stories is winning the nationwide bidding contest for the NAMII, a public-private collaboration to develop next-gen manufacturing processes based around additive manufacturing. 

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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Motor Disconnect Switch

July 19, 2013 9:38 am | by Mennekes

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals, and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed puts this equipment at risk. This critical equipment includes your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.

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Supply Chain Innovations Lead To ‘Hyper Innovation’

July 19, 2013 9:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net

Back in May, KPMG released their fourth annual Global Manufacturing Outlook, which was built around a poll of 335 C-level executives on a global scale. The results show that U.S. manufacturing seems primed for an era of “hyper innovation,” in which companies develop not only new products, but entirely new product categories and new ways to build them. 

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5 Quick Questions With The CEO Of BlueGrace Logistics

July 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

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Manufacture ERP Success: Plan For Change, Not Technology

July 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Randy Copperman, Vice President of Support Services, Channel Technologies Group

Manufacturers look to ERP systems to build success. But change does not come from investment in ERP — it comes from commitment to strategic implementation. Installing ERP provides manufacturers with technology. Implementing ERP provides a culture of data-driven decision making, equipped to develop solutions with lasting value.

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Modern Mechanical Carbon Materials For Aircraft Applications

July 16, 2013 8:03 am | by Glenn H. Phelps, Technical Director, Metallized Carbon Corporation

Modern mechanical carbon materials are being used in a wide variety of applications – a few examples include aircraft gear boxes, air turbine motor starters, and main shaft seals for both aircraft turbine engines and APUs.These self-lubricating materials are composed of fine-grained, electrographite substances that are impregnated with proprietary inorganic chemicals to improve their lubricating qualities and their oxidation resistance.

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Why PLM Is So Important For High-Tech Manufacturers

July 16, 2013 8:02 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Managing Director, Accenture

Product lifecycle management (PLM) may sound like one of those deep-in-the-weeds business terms, but it has become one of the most important arenas for accelerating product deliveries, reducing costs, and generating more revenues in major manufacturing industries. So what is product lifecycle management?

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Oil-Free Air And Energy Recovery: A Must For Food Manufacturers

July 15, 2013 8:02 am | by Bob Baker and Trey Ragsdale, Atlas Copco Compressors

In food manufacturing, compressed air is used in processes such as ingredient mixing, pneumatic conveyance and packaging, among others. In the industry, this is referred to as ‘active’ air; because it touches the final product in many food manufacturing applications, the air must be clean and free of any potential contaminants.

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Lean Energy Management In Manufacturing

July 12, 2013 8:02 am | by Michael Overturf, CEO, ZF Energy Development

Lean manufacturing is by now a widely understood method of making wide variety, small quantity products. Few manufacturing managers are not familiar with the idea of lean manufacturing having come of age in the 1980s. This movement has effectively created the low-cost, wide variety product universe in which we live now. Industrialized societies have become so efficient at making stuff in such variety that we’re literally drowning in it.

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