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Eight Myths That Keep Manufacturers From Claiming The R&D Tax Credit

March 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup

The research and development (R&D) tax credit has never been more available to manufacturers. It’s a shame the majority of them don’t realize it yet.                           

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Colson Caster: Behind The Wheel

March 6, 2014 4:46 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

In a China-dominated industry, Colson Caster has a red, white, and blue feather in its cap. According to Kevin Osborn, Operations Manager, Colson remains committed to keeping as much manufacturing local as possible, and the company’s most popular products are manufactured in its two Arkansas facilities. 

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ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 4, 2014 1:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How To Identify The Right Forklift For Your Operation

March 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Reddon

Today, there are plenty of lift-truck designs out there for all types of businesses, and with the right knowledge, you’re sure to find the right machine for your needs.                        

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Manufacturing Operations Management: Identifying The Best Solution Approaches

March 4, 2014 8:43 am | by Mark Davidson, LNS Research

In the 2013-2014 LNS Research MOM survey, approximately 325 manufacturing professionals shared their preferences on how they leverage internal resources, systems integrators and consultants, and software suppliers to support their manufacturing improvement initiatives.

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Manufacturer Rebranding: 7 Keys For Success

March 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity

There is simply no rebranding effort where the stakes are not extraordinarily high and the margin for error is slim at best.                                     

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Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology

Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment, and worker compensation.        

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5 Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 28, 2014 9:15 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc.

One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.                      

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5 Quick Questions: Putting Big Data To Work

February 25, 2014 9:52 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when a company implements a plan and the light bulb goes on and they finally see how data can drive truly effective action. When data-based systems are installed, the implementation is too often considered successful once the data are flowing and people can get to the data.

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Don’t Risk Total Product Recall

February 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Ira Dannenberg, Vice President of R&D – Food Division, VAI

While new FDA standards improve public safety and health, they also present challenges for food distributors to ensure they have FDA-compliant processes, plans, and technologies in place to avoid product recalls and fines.         

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Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

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9 Tactics To Build A Best In Class Safety Program To Impact Your Bottom Line

February 21, 2014 9:41 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Manager, Cerasis Inc.

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your operation’s manufacturing safety is a well documented, practiced, and backed up process? How do companies achieve a level where they can boast of safety as one of the operational backbones, that itself in many cases becomes a competitive advantage?

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Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

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Integrated Pest Management Offers A Better Mousetrap

February 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Timothy Larson, RS, ACE, QA Manager, Rentokil

Pesticides are often the method used to control pests, but pesticides alone are not the solution. A better solution is to have an integrated pest management (IPM) program as part of your food safety program.             

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Lean Principles, Impressive Results

February 13, 2014 3:43 pm | by Mike Engel, Chief Operations Officer, FLEXcon

FLEXcon began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees. 

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Q&A: Making Compressed Air OSHA-Compliant

February 13, 2014 3:35 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

End users use air guns or homemade devices to clean that are unsafe and do not meet OSHA regulations. For example, we have seen a device constructed out of a ball valve and a piece of pipe. If the tip on this homemade device were to become blocked, full line pressure would be built up behind the blockage — this could be hazardous.

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Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present And Future Manufacturers

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK

The manufacturing environment is in a constant state of change. The failure to recognize the static nature of the business coupled with the failure of manufacturers to comply with disciplined global production systems has caused participants to revisit the value of outsourcing and the opportunities associated with reshoring.

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Q&A: How Manufacturers Can SAVE FOOD

February 13, 2014 3:07 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food waste drains food manufacturers’ resources and profits. Data on the issue is shocking. For example, 40 percent of all food produced in less-developed countries spoils every day before it reaches consumers.            

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Protecting Manufacturing From A Hacker's Favorite Tool: Social Engineering

February 12, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeff Multz, Director of Midmarket North America, Dell SecureWorks

Although social engineering often ultimately leads to cyber attacks, it may not start out that way. It may start with someone pretending to be a customer or the CEO’s friend, telephoning your company and tricking someone into giving out information they should not be divulging.

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Wholesale Evolution

February 11, 2014 9:17 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing W/D

As markets evolve, distribution companies need to innovate around customers, analytics, and supply networks. To survive and thrive in the brave new world, many wholesale distribution companies need a wholesale evolution.         

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