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Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

May 26, 2015 10:44 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation.


Lean Six Sigma: The Ultimate Tool to Strengthen Your Business

May 22, 2015 1:47 pm | by Michael DeCata

It's sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what's needed to achieve consistent process improvement.


Automating SOP Management To Improve Quality, Oversight and Efficiency

May 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by Mika Javanainen

In the manufacturing environment, everything from equipment operation and product assembly to maintenance procedures and quality assurance processes are controlled under the guidance of SOPs.


Reducing Employee Turnover is Just Smart Business

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by National Service Alliance, LLC

Each time a worker leaves, it can cost an employer $1,000 in recruiting, orientation, and basic training costs to bring in a replacement. Here are tips to help bring those numbers down.


Manufacturing Automation: Finding the ROI in a Digital Strategy

May 18, 2015 10:37 am | by Larry Korak

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.


Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 14, 2015 5:33 pm | by Deborah Grant

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.


Infographic: Driving the Industry Forward

May 14, 2015 5:27 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The automotive sector has long been credited with creating a significant number of American manufacturing jobs, as well as implementing innovative manufacturing practices to shave precious seconds off of production and assembly times. Take a look at how some of the most notable automakers stack up when it comes to manufacturing. 


MSC Industrial Shares Its High-Tech Evolution

May 14, 2015 5:22 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

IMPO’s sister magazine, Industrial Distribution, sat down with Charles Bonomo, CIO of MSC Industrial Supply, to discuss some of the ways in which this MRO supplier has gone from classic brick-and-mortar to a distributor that’s a high-tech partner for its customer base.


The Guide to Proper Alignment

May 14, 2015 5:17 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Excessive vibration of industrial machinery is often indicative of potentially serious problems, such as unbalances, looseness, shaft misalignment and bearing or gear failure. This can result in safety risks, equipment damage, shutdowns, unexpected downtime and lost productivity. 


When Even the Losers are Winners

May 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Identifying the travails of certain companies is not designed to pour salt in any wounds, no matter how easy it might be. In fact, we point them out because it brings to light some great examples of what your peers in the manufacturing space are facing, how they’re addressing these issues, and the subsequent success or failure of those efforts.


The Sound Beneath the Floors

May 14, 2015 5:04 pm

Studies have shown that the complete absence of sound can drive a person insane, causing them to experience hallucinations. Likewise, loud and overwhelming sound can have the same effect. This especially holds true in manufacturing and plant environments where loud noises are the norm.


A Guide to Vibration Sensing

May 14, 2015 4:44 pm | by Chris Hansford, Managing Director, Hansford Sensors

Plant engineers must understand the need for accurate data capture as part of a predictive maintenance plan in modern manufacturing. This article offers advice on how to specify vibration sensors to carry out condition monitoring in different applications.


Is Your Shutdown Planning Hurting Your Routine Corrective Planning?

May 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Roger Corley, Life Cycle Engineering

On the surface, it would seem it would be easy to make the shift from detailed shutdown planning to routine corrective planning. But I have observed two reasons why most companies don’t effectively make that transition.


Are You Prepared for Summer?

May 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

As summer draws closer and temperatures begin to rise, there are many safety factors that need to be taken into consideration. 


Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

May 13, 2015 11:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.


Visibility in Manufacturing: The Path to Industry 4.0

May 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by Adrian Jennings

While Industry 4.0 may only be an aspiration today, every company can benefit from greater visibility throughout the production process.


Mitigating Recall Risk

May 12, 2015 9:50 am | by Todd Harris, Vice President, Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS

As the complexity of supply chains continues to increase, the consequences of recalls have become far more substantial and wide reaching than in years past. 


5 Surprising Strategies To Increase Business Productivity, Profitability

May 11, 2015 2:34 pm | by De'Andre Salter

Maximizing both productivity and profitability in a business often takes out-of-the box thinking. But, don’t stop there! It’s also wise to go a step further and think “against the grain.”


How Sales Order Automation Solutions Can Help Leverage EDI

May 11, 2015 10:43 am | by Brent Halverson

Ultimately, future success in manufacturing now firmly hinges on the ability to embrace the unique requirements of each customer while processing and shipping orders rapidly and accurately. For this, automation is key.


Reducing Supply Chain Costs with Better Transportation Logistics

May 8, 2015 10:38 am | by Brad Forester

Establishing an environment of end-to-end supply chain visibility leads to more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and fewer incidents of a mismatch between supply and demand.



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