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Profiting With Smart R&D

November 20, 2013 8:51 am | by Keith Nichols, Cambashi

R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs. 

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11 Top Manufacturing Software Areas For Investment

November 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mark Davidson

In response to the rapid ROI that Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications have delivered, it’s not surprising to see organizations planning for additional investments. But the current landscape of manufacturing software applications is vast, and technology decision makers face challenges around where to start.

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Case Study: Streamlining Operations To Support Growth And Gain Competitive Advantage

November 19, 2013 9:21 am | by Deacom, Inc.

The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.

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Start The Holiday Shopping Season Off Right: Buy American On November 19th

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by American Made Matters

To kick-off the holiday shopping season, American Made Matters® has declared November 19, 2013 the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this day, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

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Supply Chain Cyber Security: What are the Risks and How Can Companies Address Them?

November 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity

As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.

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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

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Four Strategies For Tracking Manufacturing Costs

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators

Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?

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It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

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Reducing Current Product Costs — Challenges And Opportunities

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Julie Driscoll, VP of Strategic Marketing & Product Management, aPriori

Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.

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5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

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Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

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Manufacturing Industry Weighs In On New Bayer Survey

November 12, 2013 8:06 am | by Bayer Corporation

The infographics below are in response to the Bayer Facts of Science Education survey, which gauges the public’s opinion on the state of science education in the United States, support for reform, and the recognition of the roles that science and science literacy play in everyday life.

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How To Develop A Multi-Skilled Workforce: Learning To Do More With Less

November 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Terri Szymczak, Regional Leader, Training Services, Rockwell Automation

What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.

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Research Firm Finds Ecommerce & Mobile Sales Offer Significant Opportunities For B2B Market

November 8, 2013 4:46 pm | by hybris

The study explored what impact ecommerce has on how B2B companies sell their products and services and found that a fundamental transformation is happening in how businesses are acquiring and retaining customers in this market. In fact, U.S. B2B ecommerce revenue has now more than doubled that of B2C.

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6 Tips To Avoid Inventory Nightmares

November 8, 2013 10:28 am | by Brian Sutter, Wasp Barcode Technologies

Inventory shrinkage is a huge problem in North America, effectively robbing retailers of billions each year. It's bad enough when inventory disappears because of theft by customers, employees or suppliers, but it's especially frustrating when your inventory shrinks through preventable mistakes and poor inventory management procedures.

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Jack Keough: Shutdown, Sequestration Had Effect On Distribution

November 8, 2013 9:17 am | by Jack Keough, Industrial Distribution Contributing Editor

The brief shutdown of the federal government and sequestration has had an effect on the business operations of distributors and manufacturers, and could impact earnings in this quarter.                    

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Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

November 6, 2013 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D

Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.         

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5 Manufacturing Trends Shaping the Future of Small Businesses

November 6, 2013 9:32 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space

If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.                 

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Demand Response Programs Lower Electricity Costs, But Also Pose Risks

November 5, 2013 9:26 am | by David Cousineau, Kimberly Frank, and Jeffrey Fuisz, Kaye Scholer’s Energy & Infrastructure Group

Take our poll!  Many industrial manufacturers with the ability to control their electricity usage are now taking advantage of demand response programs to help reduce their energy costs. Demand response programs pay participants to reduce electric energy usage for short periods of time. 

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Does A Manufacturing Decline Reduce The Capacity To Innovate?

November 5, 2013 9:11 am | by Penny Olmos

The key phrase here is “new ideas entering the market.” It's not like there aren't any new ideas floating in the heads of enterprising individuals, but the ideas just don't reach the shop floor. The resources needed to bring innovative ideas to life are in short supply in U.S.

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