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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.

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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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Vibration, Lighting and LEDs Q&A with Devon Jenkins

May 6, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Vibration and alignment isn’t just a concern in regards to industrial machines, it effects lighting as well. Devon Jenkins, a Product Line Manager of Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds Business, took the time to speak with IMPO about the effects of vibration on lights and how LED lights can help solve some tricky lighting problems.

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A Unifying Vision for Distribution and the Robot Revolution

May 5, 2015 1:45 pm | by Krishnan Sundaresan, Director at ARRYVE

Robots, in the not-too-distant future, will evolve from an advanced technology to a critical component of infrastructure, akin to the ERP systems that form the information backbone of most distributors today. 

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How To Get Out of the MRO Storeroom Business and Obtain R&M Excellence

May 5, 2015 10:09 am | by George Krauter

Many companies do not recognize the value that can be released from changing the MRO stores operation to provide optimum reliability. If they do, there are questions as to what steps to take and who would be responsible to implement the necessary change process. 

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What’s Ahead in 2015 for HVAC Systems and Maintenance

April 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Timothy Kane

As we look to the rest of 2015, there are a few trends you’ll see in maintenance tools that will impact the overall operations of the facility.

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Lean And Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

April 29, 2015 5:13 pm | by Travis Mai

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is also an objective of going green, the two programs reinforce each other. Here are a few ways going lean can help you go green at the same time.

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How Sight Glass Helps Workers Monitor Leak Detection

April 29, 2015 4:59 pm | by Tina Gallo

​Leak is a four-letter word that no industrial manufacturer ever wants to hear. Industrial leaks can slow down manufacturing lines, destroy equipment, and possibly harm workers — making them a top concern for industrial teams.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

April 29, 2015 4:50 pm | by Sean Riley

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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5 Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking To Go Lean

April 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by Dave Lechleitner

Because we are living in an age where increased efficiency is not only desired, but also required in order to stay competitive, every manufacturing company can benefit from implementing a sustainable lean strategy.

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Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 27, 2015 2:48 pm | by Lori Payne

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing software and are beginning to evaluate their options, we offer four key questions you should ask as you conduct research and enter into discussions with possible providers.

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Could Your Supply Chain Be Your Weak Link in Risk Management?

April 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Steve Durbin

Supply chains are a vital component of every organization's global business operations and the backbone of today's global economy. However, security chiefs everywhere are concerned about how open they are to an abundance of risk factors. 

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The New Normal: Q&A with Patrick Clouden

April 24, 2015 9:22 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Patrick Clouden, the CEO of Consumer Energy Solutions Inc., took the time to speak to IMPO about LED lights and their increasing popularity, their benefits and even Consumer Energy Solutions’ unique approach to lighting. 

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Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 23, 2015 3:14 pm | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area that often gets overlooked is waste.

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CPR for Lean Warehouses

April 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Steven (Jimmy) Benefield, Partner at enVista

Many Lean warehouse teams start out with great intentions, implementing changes that improve processes and increase efficiency. But then, slowly over time, the newness wanes and they lose momentum. While this is not uncommon, it’s extremely important that managers take notice and take action. 

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Moving Beyond the Offshore vs. Reshore Debate: Three Reasons to Throw Out the Old Sourcing Map

April 22, 2015 2:54 pm | by Sampath Kumar

Today, we face a new global and technological order that is reshaping the reshoring discussion.

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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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