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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

If you want to maximize the life of the bearing and maximize uptime of your equipment you need to use the proper lubricant with the right viscosity. You also have to make sure that you use precision lubrication — meaning the right amount at the right time. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc.

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering

When does an active supervisor look like when he is no longer bogged down in an office doing paperwork? Active supervision occurs when a supervisor spends substantial time on the shop floor helping workers solve problems.

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Managing Supply Risk for Distributors

April 10, 2015 10:10 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes, it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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Did You Know That You are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by George Krauter

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

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The Swell of Automation in Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 2:40 pm | by Lisa Richards

Facility automation offers a world of hope for members of the reliability industry: improved quality control, better safety for employees and customers, an increase in production and machine performance and ultimately, reductions in spending. 

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Retrofit Seals Protect Plant Equipment and Personnel

April 8, 2015 10:41 am | by Jim Hemingway

Coal ash can cause a multitude of problems in plants, from increased maintenance costs, safety hazards, to risk for costly equipment failure. See how one western plant dealt with their coal ash problem. 

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Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce with Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:56 pm | by John Hinchey

While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors.

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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 6, 2015 2:19 pm | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 11:48 am | by GE Reports

In the not-too-distant future, airplanes will scythe into the wind with an airframe that can virtually streamline its shape using nothing but air.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce is Changing the Manufacturing Business

April 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business. 

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The Three Ms for Industrial Success in 2015

April 1, 2015 2:38 pm | by John Renick

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity - connected people, processes and technology - cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

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A Firm Grasp on its Craft

April 1, 2015 10:08 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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How Centralizing Your Company’s Business Intelligence Can Improve Your Bottom Line

March 31, 2015 1:55 pm | by Heine Krog Iversen

To improve your company’s overall efficiency, rather than looking at the next big program that hits the market, the answer to better gains might very well be to simply re-organize your existing BI system.

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Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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The 'Tale' of the Tail of the Spend

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions

MRO expenditures should not be a part of the Pareto Principle management philosophy. If a particular step or activity within the manufacturing process was deemed to be unprofitable, it would be corrected or eliminated; the same management recognition of MRO operations should be applied and corrected, or outsourced.

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Worker Survives Electric Shock on the Job, Tells his Story

March 30, 2015 9:20 am | by Jordy Byrd, Public Relations Specialist with Graphic Products

While on the job, the crane operator failed to lower the boom and backed into the power line. Curtis Weber became the ground point for the electricity, as 14,400 volts surged through his body. 

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