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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 11, 2015 2:31 pm | by Lori Payne

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. But, technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress — fixes to the things that give you headaches, slow your team down and endanger profitability. 

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How to Design a Structured Approach to Cabling

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Banathy, Industrial Automation Solution Architect, Panduit on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage

Old industrial control systems have given way to the ease of ubiquitous Ethernet and IP technology. This shift has helped spark an explosion of digital devices on plant floors, and increased the demand for the higher performance, bandwidth and reliability offered by a highly structured, standards-based network infrastructure.

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

February 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading private label and store brand producer and contract manufacturer of beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods, and Berner's current product line represents a significant evolution from a company that opened in 1941 as a maker of natural cheeses. 

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Communication, Clarity Keys to Chemical Sector Success

February 10, 2015 9:43 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years and he recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer Thomas Martin to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.

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Key Performance Indicators for the Supply Chain

February 9, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jesper Lillelund

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 9, 2015 9:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, IMPO

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations – the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. Dean recently sat down to discuss a number of trends and challenges impacting maintenance and asset management for manufacturers.

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Making City Streets Smarter, More Efficient

February 6, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE

Lighting and software engineers are working on a breed of new LED lights containing sensors that gather traffic data. They could help drivers avoid busy roads and intersections, and ease congestion.               

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Why Your Expansion Plan Needs Supply Chain Modeling

February 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Duff and Donald A. Hicks, LLamasoft

Whether it’s adding a new process line, building an additional plant or expanding an existing facility, conducting a supply chain analysis in partnership with your design team can lead to better decision-making and more efficient capital expenditures.

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Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide Linked to ADHD

February 5, 2015 9:34 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

A pesticide that’s often used in and around homes across the U.S. has now been linked to an increased risk of ADHD.                                       

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The Challenges of Defining 'Dangerous'

February 4, 2015 2:18 pm | by Adam Gittler

In 2008, General Motors conducted internal training for its engineers on how to document product risks, including bans of the words 'defect' and 'problem.' Well-intended or a shameful legal dodge, the training skirted around the problem instead of attacking it head-on. 

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Getting to Excellent

February 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Eric Larson, Director of Operational Excellence and Manufacturing Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials

Tips for achieving a culture of operational excellence and cost efficiency.                                                  

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders and Production Continue to Grow

February 3, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Predictions for 2015: A Tipping Point for Supply Chain Sentience

February 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Sean Riley, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director, Software AG

Software AG has released the company’s top ten predictions for the next year in the manufacturing and supply chain industry, calling 2015 the tipping point for supply chain sentience.                   

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How to Achieve Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christina Chatfield

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

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Tips on Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc

Doing business directly with Chinese manufacturers is very different from business anywhere else in the world. Failure to understand Chinese business culture may end up with you insulting your prospective supplier without knowing it.     

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CSB Urges OSHA for Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 2:29 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust regulations for contributing to the accident, and urging OSHA to respond with national rules.

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On a Roll: Rolls-Royce Sees Best Year Ever in 2014

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by Bloomberg News

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is on a sales pace it has never seen in its 111-year history. The luxury carmaker had its best year ever in 2014 selling more than 4,000 cars.                         

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GE Jet Engines Will Power the Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by GE Reports

The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One.               

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Q&A: The Changing Engineering and R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 11:10 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad.               

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