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An Equipment Approach To Dust Elimination

June 25, 2008 12:10 pm | by Andy Mandell, Marketing Manager, Dynabrade, Inc.

High quality dust collection air tools and accessories are important in today’s workplace. Eliminating dust at the source is not only beneficial for the worker’s health, but it also achieves a clean work environment and extends the life of the tool itself, resulting in reduced costs.

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Applying Lean Principles In Process Industries

June 25, 2008 9:45 am | by Herb Lichtenberg, Senior VP Practice Director, Strategic Asset Management, Inc.

Lean manufacturing defines seven types of waste that make a production system inefficient and costly. These are: Over-production: Producing too much, too soon. Inventory: Extra production required to buffer process variability. Transportation: Movement of materials without adding value.

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Seeing Is Believing

June 25, 2008 8:16 am

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Making An IMPACT

June 25, 2008 8:11 am

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Efficiency, Useful Power & ROI

June 5, 2008 1:07 pm | by Eric Ingersoll, Chairman, General Compression

Recently, as fuel prices have shot skyward and demonstrated considerable volatility, and as electricity grids have shown signs of strain, energy efficiency— or sometimes fuel efficiency— has received increasingly serious consideration in boardrooms and boiler rooms alike.

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Q & A With Mr. John B. Nofsinger, Material Handling Industry Of America

June 5, 2008 1:06 pm

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Sound Planning Strategy For Industrial Systems

June 5, 2008 1:06 pm | by Robb Dussault, Automation and Control Services Manager, Schneider Electric

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An Education In Adhesives

May 9, 2008 6:22 am

Suppliers of adhesives and sealants are oftentimes not taking the time and energy required to examine user applications in detail, or they lack the expertise. In the end, they are often prescribing the incorrect compound for the customer.

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The New Face Of Job Shops

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by Mike Collins

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Creating A Value Concept

May 9, 2008 6:21 am | by Anna Wells , Editor, IMPO

Refusing to be edged out by offshore competition, Morey Corp. invests in a new facility and sophisticated automation technology. A value-added approach has triggered an expanded view for Morey , taking its operations from manufacturing into overall project management.

Idea Surfing: Fighting The Fad

April 21, 2008 10:05 am | by Mike Collins

h4 { font: bold 14px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000; } .byline { font-style: italic; margin-bottom: 4px; } .caption { font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; margin: 4px; } .sup { position: relative; bottom: 2px; font-size: smaller;" } To ensure a longer product life cycle, and to avoid the "fad" label, developers of new ideas and strategies need to consider tailoring the strategy to the type and size of the manufacturer In his 35 years in manufacturing, Mike Collins has helped companies make the transition from being defenders-focused on process change and cost-cutting-to prospectors-focused on finding new markets and profitable growth.

Arc Flash Safety Starts With Electrical Distribution Maintenance

April 21, 2008 9:47 am | by Joseph Weigel, Product Manager, Square D Services, Schneider Electric

The electricity that flows through the electrical distribution system of any industrial facility is the lifeblood of the entire operation. Production processes, environmental controls and security, lighting and safety systems all require a clean, reliable, and continuously available flow of power.

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Going Lean? Don't Forget IT

April 18, 2008 12:03 pm | by Diskeeper Corporation

In today’s manufacturing universe, cost-effectiveness is a constant battle. Every element from raw goods to worker efficiency, eliminating waste of time and material, streamlining processes, and even evaluating and improving supervisory expertise, is undergoing microscopic and expert examination so that companies can remain functional and profitable.

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Design, Operate, Maintain

April 18, 2008 11:47 am | by Anna Wells , Editor

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Asset Tracking Optimized With RFID

April 18, 2008 11:33 am

Tracking indirect material is a challenge many industries face today. With the need for controlled environments on the rise, many companies wonder which process is best for gaining control and retaining a level of standardization.

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Itron Fights Static With Humidity

April 18, 2008 11:23 am

“Static electricity, and the potential for defects due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) is one of the biggest manufacturing headaches a board manufacturer can face,” says Itron’s Paul Anderson.

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Q & A With Dr. J Patrick Kennedy, OSIsoft

April 18, 2008 10:52 am

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The E-Z Way Out

April 18, 2008 10:38 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

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Root Cause Analysis (RCA): A Silver Bullet or Just Plain Coveralls

April 15, 2008 1:17 pm

Successful RCA initiatives have common threads for accomplishment. The management maintains an active role in the RCA effort. They take the responsibility to set up the support systems that will encourage the employees to go after and solve chronic issues that affect the bottom line. (See figure 1) Figure 1 - Click to expand Executive management decides the company will incorporate an RCA initiative and provide funding to create the environment needed for success.

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Backup Power: "Back" To The Basics

March 24, 2008 11:42 am | by Bill Brown, P.E., Lead Engineer, Critical Power Consulting, Square D & Critical Power Competency Center/Schneider Electric

In today’s business climate, reliability requirements force the consideration of backup power when power from the electric utility is unavailable. But what type of backup power should you be considering? With the number of available solutions on the market today, the issue of just what solution fits a particular facility’s needs should be considered before making such a crucial and potentially costly investment.

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