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One Company's All-American Success

April 14, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Nippon Sharyo, originally a Japanese railcar manufacturer, has successfully built a home base in Rochelle, Illinois where they are now producing certified ‘Made-in-America’ products. 

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Navigating a New Social Supply Chain

April 21, 2015 2:40 pm | by Bob McKee

More than ever before, consumers control the economics of the industry and organizations need to harness this information appropriately and adapt their processes in order to respond to volatile demand, manage inventory risk and rapidly take market leadership.

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Robotics and Medical Marijuana — A Joint Venture

April 21, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Acceptance for medical marijuana as a legit pharmaceutical treatment is on the rise — and so is the budding industry of pot disensaries. 

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Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud

April 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by Pat Garrehy

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 10:54 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:11 am | by ARC Advisory Group

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study. 

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Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 15, 2015 1:50 pm | by Don DeSimone

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

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Five Safety Lessons Learned From the Demise of Titanic

April 15, 2015 10:44 am | by Mandy Savage, copywriter with Graphic Products

Safety headlines grab attention with catastrophe, accidents, fines, and pointing fingers.What we don't talk about as much are the lessons learned from past mistakes. We don't celebrate the improvements, ideas generated, shared, and implemented for future use. 

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 14, 2015 3:23 pm | by Simon Wieczner

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. 

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Six Steps to 5S Success

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Lori Lockman

If you think there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get kids to clean their rooms, imagine telling hundreds of industrial workers they have to undertake their own variation of the same thing. 

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3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 14, 2015 12:37 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly clear in manufacturing sector as technology moves from prototyping to tooling, to the additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 12:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The big question for manufacturers is — is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Craig Anderson, PFI’s strategic accounts manager, walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without. 

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The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 14, 2015 11:56 am | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 11:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Successful automation has the power to improve efficiency, profits and can even diversify a workforce for companies of every size. 

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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Industrial lubricants can often be a mystery, but it is a crucial mystery for any manufacturer to solve. 

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 14, 2015 11:33 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc.

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 13, 2015 2:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems At NetSuite

What manufacturers and distributors need is a future-proof highly flexible and resilient WMS that is based on a wealth of best business practices, is continually refreshed with new functionality, and which facilitates business growth.

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How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering

When does an active supervisor look like when he is no longer bogged down in an office doing paperwork? Active supervision occurs when a supervisor spends substantial time on the shop floor helping workers solve problems.

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Managing Supply Risk for Distributors

April 10, 2015 10:10 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes, it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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Did You Know That You are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by George Krauter

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

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