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The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

February 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Joakim Ahlström

Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

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How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet of Things Market

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech

Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.

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New 'Flexible' Factory in India is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by GE Reports

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.

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The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

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3 Steps for Evolving IoT Architectures

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jack Tison, SVP Emerging Business, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease Industrial IoT deployment and accelerate time to value.

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Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

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Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

​The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 11, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lori Payne

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. But, technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress — fixes to the things that give you headaches, slow your team down and endanger profitability. 

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How to Design a Structured Approach to Cabling

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Banathy, Industrial Automation Solution Architect, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

Old industrial control systems have given way to the ease of ubiquitous Ethernet and IP technology. This shift has helped spark an explosion of digital devices on plant floors, and increased the demand for the higher performance, bandwidth and reliability offered by a highly structured, standards-based network infrastructure.

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

February 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading private label and store brand producer and contract manufacturer of beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods, and Berner's current product line represents a significant evolution from a company that opened in 1941 as a maker of natural cheeses. 

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Communication, Clarity Keys to Chemical Sector Success

February 10, 2015 9:43 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years and he recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer Thomas Martin to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.

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Key Performance Indicators for the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jesper Lillelund

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations – the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. Dean recently sat down to discuss a number of trends and challenges impacting maintenance and asset management for manufacturers.

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Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

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Why Your Expansion Plan Needs Supply Chain Modeling

February 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Duff and Donald A. Hicks, LLamasoft

Whether it’s adding a new process line, building an additional plant or expanding an existing facility, conducting a supply chain analysis in partnership with your design team can lead to better decision-making and more efficient capital expenditures.

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Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 5, 2015 9:34 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

A pesticide that’s often used in and around homes across the U.S. has now been linked to an increased risk of ADHD.                                       

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The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

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