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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

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10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

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Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.info

Chem.Info sat down with Thierry Materne, global vice president of Technology for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, to talk about the development of the world's first thermoplastic wheel.                 

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Three Keys to Great Warehouse Management

August 28, 2014 9:40 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity

Senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.               

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The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing in The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape.                                     

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Much Ado About Trends in Distribution

August 26, 2014 3:05 pm | by David Frentzel

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance —  because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can. 

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7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Will Bacon

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

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The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.                 

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Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc.

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

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What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan

Taking control of your product portfolio and more effectively managing quoting can be a challenge. That’s where the power of a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution comes in.                      

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Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

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Why Women Leave Engineering Careers

August 12, 2014 2:45 pm | by American Psychological Association

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons.             

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11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

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Flying High: How Querétaro Became a Leading Global Manufacturing Location

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group

One need look no further than BMW’s recent announcement of its new $1 billion production facility in San Luis Potosi for evidence of the strengths of Mexican manufacturing.                       

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Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

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Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

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