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Infographic: Industry In 3D

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

3D printing is one of the hottest developments to reach designers and manufacturers for some time. Take a look at what stakeholders are saying about this burgeoning industry.


Global Trends: MAPI Weighs In On Mexico, U.S. Deficit, And China Surplus

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by MAPI

Mexico’s factories continue to expand and the country is expected to be the manufacturing growth leader in Latin America through 2016, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.


Tech Trends: The Internet Of Things — Actionable Insights For Pneumatics

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Jeremy King, Senior Product Manager, Bimba

We have only begun to grasp the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things, but it is already revolutionizing every aspect of plant operations, for example, the collection, transmission and storage of big data.


Field Report: Using Metrics To Drive Positive Change

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Jim Barnes, ISM Services Managing Director

Whether you are asked to reduce inventory control costs or you need to reduce the number of parts in your inventory, metrics can be a solution. It can be a tool you can use to negotiate with a supplier or even ensure delivery on time to your customers.


Material Handling Spotlight: Five Things Your Company Can’t Afford NOT To Know About Anchorage

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Kevin Duhamel, Gorbel Tether Track Product Sales Manager

When it comes to investing in and installing fall arrest equipment, how to safely anchor the system can be one of the most difficult and confusing decisions. Luckily, we’ve set out to answer five of the most common questions around anchorage — keeping both your workers and your products safe and secure.


Maintenance Matters: Don´t Waylay Your Machine Tools With The Wrong Way Lube Lubricating Oil

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Mark Copeland, Key Account Manager, Acculube

Way lube holds in place, so slides are lubricated, reducing friction. Without the tackifier, hydraulic oil will either run off (such as with a machine positioned up and down) or stick to one side of the machine (such as where machine parts move over the top of the other) and then run off.


IMPO Onsite: Passion Cuts Through — A Century Of LENOX Tools

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

LENOX has become a global business that employs more than 900 people and whose products are sold in 70-plus countries. The company headquarters even operates within 600,000 square feet – an ISO 9001-certified space devoted to designing and testing quality hand tools, band saw blades and power tool accessories.


Editor's Note: A Good Lesson From Bad Wiring

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As maintenance personnel, you know that just because a piece of equipment isn’t inoperable, or spewing acrid smoke, doesn’t mean it’s in fully working order. But I’d wager a guess that many of you contend with a challenging lack of information when it comes to logging maintenance activities. 


Plant Practices: Optimized For Efficiency And Value

September 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Warner Electric

The new Columbia City plant will manufacture a variety of electromagnetic clutches and brakes, including PTO clutches and brakes for use on consumer and commercial lawn tractors, agriculture equipment and diesel engines.


ERP Lessons Learned

September 18, 2015 2:46 pm | by Ryan Swain

Without proper business intelligence in place, manufacturers are left vulnerable. That’s one of the many reasons our business chose to implement an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.


Four Ingredients To Make IoT Work For Manufacturers

September 16, 2015 2:43 pm | by Chris Forgione

The four ingredients manufacturers need in the mix in order to make IoT work for them.


Who Will Address Your Next Shutdown?

September 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering

This three-step approach can help make sure new leaders are ready to step in when your long-time expert plant-leaders retire. 


Change Is Good: What It Means To Have A Maintenance-Oriented Culture

September 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

IMPO sat down with Jarmo Heinonen, Vice President Group Service Development Manager at Quant, to discuss how culture change can take effect in a manufacturing setting, and how the results can impact overall performance. 


Portable Industrial Vacuums Help Plant Maintenance And Sanitation

September 8, 2015 2:29 pm | by Vac-U-Max

According to an Eastern Research Group study, poor plant and equipment sanitation is among the top four food safety issues in food manufacturing. 


The Largest Cause Of Recalls That Lead To Product Liability Lawsuits

September 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Randall Goodden, President, Randall Goodden International & Goodden Enterprises LLC

Most all manufacturing corporations are pursuing continuous improvement and Lean activities, all of which are good and necessary when it comes to saving money and increasing profitability, but Product Liability Prevention can save the company itself as well as greatly increase profitability.


Manufacturers Push Expansion To Pursue Growth In 2015

August 31, 2015 10:51 am | by Alastair Borthwick

To drive the most growth, CFOs should focus on the employee benefits and retention strategies, as well as overall business initiatives that need financing to succeed.


Infographic: The Cost Of Downtime

August 28, 2015 2:42 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Every manufacturing operation wants to avoid downtime; with downtime comes unforseen costs and losses to a company's bottom line. Take a look at some of the statistics and costs related to downtime in the manufacturing sector.


Field Report: What is a “Perfect MRO Storeroom?” Is the ROI Worth the Effort?

August 28, 2015 2:42 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions

Here follows a definition of what the “perfect” storeroom would be, the condition of a typical MRO store situation (aka the problem source) and the ROI benefits of a “world-class MRO storeroom”.


Global Trends: Expanding? Make Sure Your Risk Management Processes Are Updated

August 28, 2015 2:41 pm | by John Mostofi, Central Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As more U.S. manufacturers look to expand overseas — whether through joint ventures or M&A activity — it is vital for them to consider ways to boost operational efficiencies. 


Tech Trends: Modern Manufacturing: Control via the Cloud

August 28, 2015 2:41 pm | by Danny Weiss, Senior Product Manager, Newark element14

New developments in automation and wireless that were once on the fringes of industrial engineering are making their way into more and more facilities around the country.



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