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Daily industrial news and top headlines for plant and maintenance managers

ISM: Manufacturing Slows in March

April 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 70th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 11:48 am | by GE Reports

In the not-too-distant future, airplanes will scythe into the wind with an airframe that can virtually streamline its shape using nothing but air.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce is Changing the Manufacturing Business

April 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business. 

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The Three Ms for Industrial Success in 2015

April 1, 2015 2:38 pm | by John Renick

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity - connected people, processes and technology - cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

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A Firm Grasp on its Craft

April 1, 2015 10:08 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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How Centralizing Your Company’s Business Intelligence Can Improve Your Bottom Line

March 31, 2015 1:55 pm | by Heine Krog Iversen

To improve your company’s overall efficiency, rather than looking at the next big program that hits the market, the answer to better gains might very well be to simply re-organize your existing BI system.

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Saving Lives with an Engine Upgrade

March 31, 2015 9:53 am | by Jonathan Jacobi, Senior EHS Advisor with UL Workplace Health & Safety

Business is tough in today's global marketplace. Everyone is being asked to do more, with less. Across industries, including automotive, workers are being asked to be more efficient, and safety and risk management professionals are certainly not insulated.

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The 'Tale' of the Tail of the Spend

March 30, 2015 2:01 pm | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions

MRO expenditures should not be a part of the Pareto Principle management philosophy. If a particular step or activity within the manufacturing process was deemed to be unprofitable, it would be corrected or eliminated; the same management recognition of MRO operations should be applied and corrected, or outsourced.

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Worker Survives Electric Shock on the Job, Tells his Story

March 30, 2015 9:20 am | by Jordy Byrd, Public Relations Specialist with Graphic Products

While on the job, the crane operator failed to lower the boom and backed into the power line. Curtis Weber became the ground point for the electricity, as 14,400 volts surged through his body. 

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 1

March 27, 2015 12:19 pm | by Greg Goodwin

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Boost Efficiency Through Augmented Reality: Q&A With Bob Meads

March 27, 2015 10:24 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin discusses the collaboration between iQuest and Kepware, as well as advanced approaches to viewing the plant floor and challenges to implementing automated solutions.

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 3

March 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Greg Goodwin

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. 

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Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.    

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How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Tom Grace, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each year; currently, it is estimated to make up five to seven percent of world trade or $1.77 trillion in 2015.

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A Profile With the Superstar of the Maker Movement: Limor Fried

March 24, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Above all, Limor “Ladyada” Fried is a maker — a member of a DIY subculture of engineering-oriented pursuits including 3D printing, electronics and robotics.

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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 4

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector.

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New Power Tech Will Help Exelon Save Millions Of Gallons Of Water A Day

March 23, 2015 3:41 pm | by GE Reports

The company’s two huge 1,000 MW power plants, which are under construction near Fort Worth, will use the latest GE power generation technology that needs just one tenth of the water amount typically required to cool such large installations, and save “millions of gallons” every day, according to Harris.

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Top 5 Asset Performance Management Trends: No. 5

March 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in the manufacturing sector. To see each day’s newest trend, tune in to IMPOsecond shift.

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Are You a GM Recall Waiting to Happen?

March 23, 2015 11:24 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

It’s easy to look at a situation like GM’s and wonder how it got so catastrophically out of control, but Gittler’s exercise suggests that even the best-laid plans are subject to more than just a small sliver of error.

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