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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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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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4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

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ERP Technology for Small Manufacturers: Q&A With Dave Lechleitner

March 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Dave Lechleitner, the Principal of Product Marketing at Exact Online, offered insight on increased efficiency, safety, off-shoring and the future of smaller scale manufacturers in the U.S.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice for Small Manufacturers

February 26, 2015 3:07 pm | by Dave Lechleitner

If small businesses embrace lean manufacturing as part of their company’s overall strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible, including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains, all of which are critical to running successful organizations.

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5 Elements That Can Derail Supply Chain Management

February 26, 2015 10:22 am | by Brad Poulter

Supply chain management professionals who put processes in place to solve these five problems before they occur will keep things moving even when other, less carefully managed supply chains, come to a grinding halt.

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Why Manufacturers Need to Do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by Mariano Nunez

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:56 am | by Joakim Ahlström

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. Check out these five fears that are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement. 

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When Operational Performance and Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by Jack Moran

This disconnect between the shop floor and the back office has posed numerous problems in the past and continues to generate conflict today.While these debates often focus on costs, the accounting methods used by U.S. manufacturers to actually determine the cost of their products and services receives far less attention.

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