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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

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5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 20, 2015 1:55 pm | by Joanna Rotter, Content Marketing Manager, MSI

Find out how your manufacturing business can take advantage of the growing trend toward mobile apps and start seeing the results of more efficient operations and detailed reporting.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 2:59 pm | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools need to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process. 

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Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 18, 2015 3:17 pm | by Bob McKee

How to know when it’s time to replace your homegrown ERP system.

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A Bright Idea

March 18, 2015 10:40 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Lighting has experienced many changes over the years, from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents, however, no trend is currently as predominant as the growth of LED technology.

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Lawson Products Takes Business to the Next Level

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

This well-known MRO supplier shares the ways it has been able to enhance its value proposition through investments in objectives that results in customer gains.

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5 Tips for a More Efficient Compressed Air System

March 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

An efficient compressed air system can be invaluable asset to a manufacturer. So in order to help, here are five tips on how to achieve the most efficient compressed system. 

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Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" when hiring experienced employees. 

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Collaborative Manufacturing Training: Q&A With Jeff Owens

March 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Advanced Technology Systems (ATS) thinks it has found a solution to the skills gap that is alternative to community college. By engaging with other companies to implement on-demand manufacturing training, ATS teaches factory workers the technical skills they need to succeed in more high-paying industrial positions.

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Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 12, 2015 11:12 am | by Larry Korak

Operational managers are tasked with keeping tight control on inventory in order to control costs. At the same time, however, they are also responsible for meeting customer expectations for on time delivery.

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10 Often Forgotten ERP Implementation Faux Pas

March 10, 2015 3:26 pm | by Daniel Erickson

ERP software implementation disasters are the result of assorted smaller, and seemingly unrelated, actions that converge in a monumental event. This costs a company money in labor, delays, downtime, productivity and equipment. 

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Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

March 10, 2015 11:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Although the level of IoT implementation lags far behind its ever-increasing notoriety, 2015 is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. 

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A Strategic Approach to Surplus

March 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Gardner Dudley, President, Capital Assets Group, Liquidity Services

Industrial manufacturing and plant operations’ professionals all have a common need to find a solution for managing surplus assets so they can focus on their many other responsibilities.

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4 Ways to Integrate Supply Chain Projects with Corporate Initiatives

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Godfrey Huguley

When you can demonstrate that your supply chain improvement project supports or drives forward a corporate initiative, it becomes much easier to secure the broader based support and resources needed for implementation

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Choosing the Right Flexible Screw Conveyor for the Job

March 6, 2015 2:37 pm | by Doan Pendleton, Vice President, Vac-U-Max

To avoid costly downtime, choosing a flexible screw conveyor engineered to meet conditions at the plant, rather than a generic off-the-shelf unit, can save thousands of dollars in the future.

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Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and personal protection equipment (PPE) isn’t laughable when thousands of people are blinded, injured, or killed each year from accidents that could have been prevented or minimized if appropriate PPE had been used.

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A Shoe's Eye View of Material Handling

March 5, 2015 3:19 pm | by Chris Capsaw & Bob Liebe

Just like a bespoke pair of shoes, the material handling industry is growing ever-more customized. Customer demands are changing, so the supply chain must adjust accordingly.

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Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

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How Can the Internet Improve Your Plant's Operations?

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by Amber Carpenter

The Internet is so common that we take it for granted. But what many people do not realize is, the potential impact of the Internet on plant operations is just as sweeping. Industrial plants have an enormous opportunity to leverage the Internet to streamline processes, reduce cost, improve safety, and enhance customer service.

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