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Who Owns the Asset and the Data in APM and Servitization?

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Dan Miklovic

Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible, but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is the reason so many manufacturing equipment OEMs are beginning to offer reliability services as part of their product offering.

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How To Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager

The most significant results from implementing the lean continuous manufacturing model come not from discrete changes to certain products or processes, but from incorporating the entire company into the lean continuous model journey.     

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'Greening' the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by Monica Gomez

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company.                             

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 15, 2015 2:24 pm | by Deborah Grant

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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ClearSign Has the Answer to Industrial Pollution

January 14, 2015 4:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

ClearSign Combustion Corp. has developed a new technology for the combustion region, dubbed Duplex Tile Technology. This new combustion technology could change the industry entirely by eliminating industrial emissions by a staggering 95 percent, reducing downtime and maintenance costs all while increasing profitability and fuel efficiency for manufacturers and plant operators.

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Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 2:53 pm | by GE Reports

GE’s venture capital arm, Goldman Sachs, Bezos Expeditions and a group of other big names have invested $26.6 million in the company to fund new research and growth. This new investment round brings the company’s total funding to more than $100 million since it was founded by the Australian roboticist, iRobot co-founder and former MIT professor Rodney Brooks in 2008.

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The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: Q&A With Adams Nager

January 14, 2015 10:44 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

According to Nager's January 2015 report, "It is easy to get the impression that American manufacturing has entered a new and exciting period of revival. Many in the media, along with consulting firms and economists, now tout the term “manufacturing renaissance” to describe this so-called revival...if only that were true." 

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5 Essential ERP Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider

January 13, 2015 1:51 pm | by Jean Magny

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can ensure consistency and accuracy in manufacturing, plus give you a dashboard snapshot of any given step in the project manufacturing lifecycle. So, when evaluating an ERP solution for your custom ETO manufacturing environment there are a few key things you should look for. 

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.                                   

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.           

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Report Forecasts Tepid Recovery for Europe's Industrial Economy

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO

A recent analysis from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation suggests a European economic recovery has been "sapped by a paucity of fiscal impulses and near-absence of centrally managed monetary stimulus."       

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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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