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Next Generation of High-Speed Goods-to-Person Picking Solutions Optimize Flexibility and Throughput

November 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Jim McMahon, international logistics and automation writer

Many executives running high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to prepare small-quantity, mixed-SKU orders to ship and arrive on schedule with short delivery times.            


What’s Your Game Plan?

November 1, 2013 4:18 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Being that it’s football season, the phrase “game plan” usually evokes thoughts of my beloved Green Bay Packers — so you can bet I needed a good reason to spend last week in Chicago Bears country.Luckily, the inaugural Game Plan conference – the brain child of tech leaders like hybris, SAP, Accenture, and others – provided that incentive.


Supply Chain Management: The Advantages Of Real-Time Inventory Management

November 1, 2013 9:55 am | by Lindsay Themea, Desmond & Louis and Swapan Nag, Nag, Inc.

The growing demand for immediate information in business has driven the creation of real-time data analysis solutions by geospatial engineering firms.  Advanced consumer reporting solutions allow manufacturers, retailers and distribution companies to collect and crunch real-time inventory and sales data, and make it usable in seconds. 


Maximizing Operational Reliability Through Lightning Protection

November 1, 2013 9:39 am | by Peter Carpenter, Lightning Eliminators and Consultants

For any business with a physical presence, from a nuclear power plant to a large manufacturing and shipping facility to an office equipped with sensitive electronics, a determination of the consequences of a lightning strike should be part of this risk analysis.


The Rise Of Remanufacturing

October 30, 2013 9:24 am | by Rajesh Krishnan, Director, Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU, Wipro Technologies

Manufacturers are seeing the need, as well as the potential business value, from turning outdated manufacturing processes into a cyclical process where products get reused, rather than dumped into already-overflowing landfills.       


Transformation Technologies For The Warehouses Of Tomorrow

October 30, 2013 8:49 am

As the rise of online commerce and omnichannel fulfillment changes warehousing operations, the manufacturing industry is using new technology to address the formidable warehousing challenges that must be overcome.           


7 Important Things To Know Before Financing Equipment

October 29, 2013 9:24 am | by Philip A. Bruno, Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Leasing Corporation

Most food and beverage manufacturers are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but they may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software.   


Five Common Mistakes Employers Make Regarding The WARN Act

October 28, 2013 9:06 am | by Michael Groebe, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner

While the economy appears to be turning around, employers across the country continue to make difficult decisions concerning mass layoffs and plant closings. Employers that forget about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) and applicable state “baby” WARN Acts do so at their peril.


The Evolution Of Connectivity On The Food And Beverage Plant Floor

October 28, 2013 8:59 am | by Frank Malczyk, Program Manager, Industrial Automation & Riky Comini, Business Development Director, Industrial Automation, Molex Incorporated

Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.


Turning The Tables On Wasteful Setups

October 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Trunnions

Upgrading machine tool technology – either by major retrofit of existing machines or purchase of new equipment – is often an expensive proposition requiring non-productive downtime and months or even years to realize a return on the capital expenditure.


Legal Risk Management: What Every Manufacturer Should Do Now

October 25, 2013 9:18 am | by Tonya G. Newman and Sonya Rosenberg

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” The English proverb resonates, particularly in the area of risk management. One of the most important tools available to any successful business operation is the deliberate assessment and tackling of potential risks.


Avoiding Chemical & Foreign Object Contamination: Key To Food Safety

October 23, 2013 9:18 am | by Greg Bruce, Marketing Manager, LPS Laboratories

Let’s face it, there are so many ways that food products can be contaminated. If a food product is contaminated, the impact to your company’s bottom line can be substantial. Thus, risk mitigation is paramount in food processing — period.   


Putting Design & Production Tests In Their Place

October 22, 2013 9:48 am | by Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design

Increasing pressure on timescales and the relentless pace of new technology introductions can pressurize companies to reduce design testing to a minimum. Conversely, production testing can be over-engineered to no great effect, resulting in increased production costs and a false sense of security.


For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

October 22, 2013 9:40 am | by BEUMER Group

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centers of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.


Could Your R&D Projects Save You Some Dough?

October 21, 2013 9:28 am | by Adam Beckerman, partner-in-charge of manufacturing and distribution group at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

$90,844,000. That’s the total value of the federal Research and Development Tax Credit awarded to food manufacturers in 2010. Are you missing out on some dough? Many food manufacturers don’t know about this valuable credit or don’t recognize that the activities they perform within their plant are eligible for the savings.


Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 21, 2013 9:24 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc.

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.


How Producers And Power Generators Are Fueling The Next Energy Evolution

October 18, 2013 9:14 am | by Nathan Pascarella, Global Energy Solutions Manager, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

It’s an energy evolution — fueled by the confluence of Industrial Internet Protocol (Industrial IP), EtherNet/IP communications and energy management applications in industrial plants. Industrial plants’ energy partners — their power suppliers — will play a central role in this progression, working to advance plants’ energy efficiency goals.


Pot Pies And Auto Supplies

October 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran

Manufacturers and distributors in the food and beverage industry have their own unique set of challenges that need to be successfully addressed before investing large amounts of capital into a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution suite.


There Are Now 31 Flavors Of Manufacturing Cloud ERP

October 16, 2013 9:32 am | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock President & CEO

In the last ten years the very systems which worked so well in the past are creating problems in the present. Manufacturers are finding that their markets have changed, caused by both business and consumer-altered demands. Today, the business must adapt to a significantly changed business environment than that which they served a decade ago.


Flexible Part Production Protects Against Market Uncertainty

October 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Del Williams

Facing market uncertainty, manufacturers are relying on flexible, economical part production methods to accommodate for frequent changes while scaling up from pre-production to higher volumes.          



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