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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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Report Documents Sustainable Manufacturing Success Stories

November 24, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Sustainability is a growing concern for manufacturers, as more manufacturers are becoming aware of the benefits of eco-friendly practices.                                

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Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

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Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

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Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 10:39 am | by Paul Anderson

Without the correct maintenance, bacteria, dirt and other pesky contaminants can find their way inside buildings and onto factory and warehouse floors, causing excessive wear and tear as well as increasing the risk of costly slips and trips in the workplace.

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Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 9:35 am | by Peter K. Bullen

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow – or both – an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

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Motor Week: Is an AC or DC Drive Right for You?

November 19, 2014 11:41 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The debate between direct current and alternating current isn’t confined to the pages of history, and between the renowned thinkers, Einstein and Tesla. The debate is still prevalent on the plant floor when the choice whether to utilize an alternating-current (AC) drive or a direct-current (DC) drive arises.

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Keri Dawson

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season.                                 

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Beyond Vibration: Maximizing the Value of Your Predictive Maintenance Routine

November 18, 2014 2:29 pm | by Dave Geswein, Product Engineer, Azima DLI

If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health.  You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.

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Motors Week: Brushes, Sparking, and Machine Maintenance

November 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company)

The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Collins

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:58 pm | by Paul Noël

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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Why Configurability Matters for Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 11:13 am | by Katie Hilyar

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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How Manufacturers Can Improve Product Design

November 10, 2014 4:54 pm | by Al Kent

Industrial companies can take a page from the fast-moving world of software design and adopt a sprint-and-scrum approach. This iterative process relies on short cycles involving rapid design evolution and revision.           

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Danielle Iera

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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6 Ways to Manage Product Complexity

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Columbus

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements.

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How a Labeling Solution Saved a U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Josh Roffman

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 7, 2014 2:11 pm | by Laura Rokohl

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 7, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Comstock

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits. Extensive R&D investment can significantly defer future profit.         

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