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OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               

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6 Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing

Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs and long-term efficiency gains.             

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A Journeyman's Roadmap for Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

December 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation

Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

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Learn how Big Data and Analytics are Driving Operational Excellence for A&D Manufacturers and Suppliers

December 10, 2014 10:04 am | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards of new technologies are worth the inherent risks. Find out how today’s technologies are eliminating these risks and accelerating operational excellence in leading A&D companies.  

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Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

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Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

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2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

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How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers are Finding Value Through Weaving the Digital Thread

December 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards promised by new technologies are worth the inherent risks they contain.

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New Balance Creates Running Shoe of the Future with 3D printing

December 5, 2014 9:32 am | by New Balance

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D-printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

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6 Ways to Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 2:51 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.

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Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

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Taking it Paperless: Major Steel Distributor Utilizes AP, AR Automation

December 1, 2014 3:01 pm | by Nick Sprau

If your company is ready to streamline AP and AR processes, increase efficiency, and better manage time spent handling and approving invoices and other documents, it may be time to look into an automated document management system.     

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Forget 'Made in China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

December 1, 2014 10:03 am | by Kip Anthony

Once known as the "Workshop of the World" Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (and Rewards) of Onshoring

November 26, 2014 9:31 am | by Noreen King

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

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Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 25, 2014 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

In order to have control of manufacturing, you want to have the ability to move quickly or change quickly. Therefore, I believe it is worth the extra dollars to have things built in the U.S.                 

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Reviving American Manufacturing Means Moving to the Left

November 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Tobin McGregor

Envision manufacturing as a left-to-right process with product design on the left and production on the right. Today, the balance of power — and the seat of success — is on the right. But, the power may soon need to shift left.       

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