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Microsoft Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

January 9, 2015 1:47 pm | by Sanjay Ravi

The challenge for 2015 is to create smarter data - the year that IoT will become the Internet of Your Things.                                         

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5 Steps To Creating a Culture of Product Safety

January 8, 2015 2:34 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier

Creating a culture of product safety within an organization is a strong line of defense against recalls. But how is this accomplished? Here are five tips to help you shift your organization from complacent to compliant.         

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How To Protect Your Facility Floor During the Winter

January 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Robert Kravitz

The winter months may be the toughest time of the year for floors. To see why hard-surface floors take such a beating during the winter months, all you need to do is look outside in most areas of the country.            

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Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin recently had the chance to talk about trends in manufacturing and construction with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country.

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Debunking the Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 2:21 pm | by Barrrett Thompson

There’s a perplexing contradiction that exists in the business-to-business sector. B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.

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A Look at the Plans for Undersea Robotic Industrial Plants

January 6, 2015 12:17 pm | by GE Reports

Subsea oil and gas deposits off the coast of Brazil exist in a world of extremes.This unwelcoming world has long been off limits to humans, but that’s changing. Energy companies are planning to place entire industrial plants processing oil and gas on the seabed. 

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 5, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 2:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

The North American group marketing director for Dow, Nestor De Mattos has an inside look at the big issues food packaging manufacturers are facing and how they’re problem-solving their way through today’s market. Here, he takes stock of what changes are on the horizon and how manufacturers can try new trends on for size.

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2014 in Review: GE’s Industrial Revolution

December 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by GE Reports

2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet.                 

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Dan Miklovic

December 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Dan Miklovic, the Principal Analyst in Asset Performance Management at LNS Research. They covered topics such as Big Data, job creation and tech trends for the upcoming year.

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

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3 Essential Questions From A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Littlefield

LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed.

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After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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7 Alternate Causes Behind Manufacturing Inventory Shortages

December 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by SDC CPA, LLC

For manufacturers, employee theft isn’t the only potential problem. Complex production processes and the sheer volume of products and materials in your warehouse can make it hard to get a handle on your inventory. That can result in inventory shrinkage, where the actual number of items on your shelves is lower than the number of recorded items.

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Realities of Illinois Spawns Manufacturing Growth, Opportunities

December 19, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Daniel Goff, of Illinois’ Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, understands some of his home state’s perception issues as he works to bring more manufacturing to the region.                   

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CO2 Levels Reach All-Time High, but Growth is Slowing

December 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

First, the bad news: Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industrial processes (cement and metal production) reached an all-time high in 2013. The upside? The rate of emission growth is slowing down for the second year in a row.     

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The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

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New EPA Regulations Force Change in the Pump Industry

December 18, 2014 12:54 pm | by Nate Maguire

A new EPA ruling designed to protect aquatic life has created an opportunity within the water industry as more than 1,000 facilities affected by the ruling explore capital investments in equipment and operational adjustments to achieve compliance. 

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2015 Manufacturing Outlook: Q&A With Cliff Waldman

December 18, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director

What will be the biggest manufacturing trends for 2015? Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation shares what he thinks is in store for the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and more in 2015.

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OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

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