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The Growing Importance Of PLM As An Enterprise Application

October 14, 2013 8:56 am | by Tony Christian, Cambashi

When we look at the progression of enterprise IT, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technology continues to expand and overlap into adjacent areas of enterprise application functionality.          

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Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

October 10, 2013 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.

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Time To Upgrade Your ‘Useless’ ERP System?

October 9, 2013 9:31 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is near-ubiquitous in manufacturing these days, with many companies large and small having invested heavily into solutions years or decades ago, there is always room for change and innovation within the offering.

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ISM: Manufacturing Momentum Continues

October 8, 2013 9:54 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the fourth consecutive month and the overall economy grew for the 52nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Turning Air Compressors Into An Energy Source

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Werner Rauer, Compressors Product Manager, Kaeser Compressors, Inc.

The rise in energy prices is an unwelcome reality in today’s manufacturing and business environment. While the rate of price increases for natural gas, heating oil, and other sources may vary from year to year, the upward trajectory is clear. Energy cost reduction strategies are vital to staying competitive.

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Safeguarding The ‘Cool Side’ Of Direct-Chill Billet Casting

October 7, 2013 8:01 am | by Proprietary Systems, Inc.

Manufacturers of aluminum extrusions are highly dependent on the availability of high-quality billet, which can sometimes be difficult to procure either in cut lengths or logs. Without billet, extrusions do not get run and on-time deliveries do not occur, particularly with custom products. This situation can put customers at risk.

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A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Energy costs are a significant portion of any compressed air system's total lifetime cost. In fact, the amount of energy required to run an air compressor for just one year can exceed the compressor purchase price. Over a period of 10 years, energy normally totals 70 percent of the overall costs.

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 3: Best Practices & Technology

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline

In order to appreciate where we are today, it’s helpful to understand the evolution of chemical compliance. Prior to 1970, chemical management was nearly non-existent. Then came OSHA and the EPA, setting the United States on a path toward greater workplace safety and environmental conscientiousness.

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Supply Chain Strategies And The Future Of American Manufacturing

October 2, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

China’s overwhelming manufacturing cost advantage over the U.S. is shrinking fast. Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America. 

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5 Reasons For Small To Mid-Size Manufacturers To Leverage PLM For Enterprise Quality Management

October 1, 2013 8:01 am | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO, Omnify Software

By implementing a Product Lifecycle Management system, companies benefit by simplifying each phase of the product development process. Due to their focus on product engineering, discrete manufacturers in the small-to-medium sized space typically adopt a PLM system to support best in class engineering processes and to address challenges with continual new product introductions, shorter product lifecycles and shrinking profit margins.

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The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

October 1, 2013 8:00 am | by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems

Virtually all analysts agree that, yes, many American manufacturers have been successful in bringing some previously lost business back home. But it’s happening at a slower pace than the industry had hoped. According to Henry Moser, the founder of the national Reshoring Initiative, the actual rate of reshoring is somewhere between a trickle and torrent.  

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5 Quick Questions: BRIC Deceleration

September 30, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

A closer look at the factors contributing to slowing growth rates in Brazil, Russia, India and China offers insight on the next collection of emerging markets, as well as the established economies picking up the pace. For quite some time the subset of countries known as the BRICs have been the primary targets of U.S. manufacturers looking for either less expensive production settings or a new market in which to grow.

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Stand Out With Excellent On-Site Safety

September 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Konecranes

Though the foregoing examples focus primarily on how a strong safety culture can impress and reassure customers, the chief impetus behind building a strong safety culture is to protect a company’s most valuable asset: its employees.      

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Ensuring Long-Term Success Of LEDs

September 27, 2013 9:07 am | by Clifton Lemon, Soraa

Like other innovations spurred by a combination of technology development and government mandates, solid state lighting (SSL) presents a real triple bottom line scenario – good for the planet, good for profit, and good for end users. Manufacturers play a key role in making sure LED adoption will hit its full potential.

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 2: GHS Training Deadline Is Now!

September 27, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline

Some might question why OSHA wants employees trained on the changes a year and half before chemical manufacturers and distributors have to make them, and the answer is because OSHA wants employees familiar with new label elements and the new safety data sheet format before they encounter them in the workplace. 

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Will The Wave of New Wearable Products Change Product Development?

September 25, 2013 9:08 am | by Kevin Prendeville

The buzz around wearable technology has been escalating the past several months. With this market gaining momentum, a key question needs to be addressed: How prepared are manufacturers to design and deliver these new and innovative types of products time and time again?

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The Rise Of Remanufacturing

September 25, 2013 8:01 am | by Rajesh Krishnan, Director, Manufacturing and Hi-tech SBU, Wipro Technologies

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about the new and emerging technologies in manufacturing that are likely to produce major industry changes in the coming months and years. One such area of technology, as identified by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) group, is remanufacturing.

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A Facebook For Industry

September 24, 2013 8:01 am | by Facebook, manufacturing, industry, social, media, people, interact

Facebook is the single largest collective of people ever in the history of mankind, and it’s changed how we interact socially. When you add the fact that there are one billion users, and almost 70 percent of its access is mobile, the impact broadens tremendously.

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5 Quick Questions: More Powerful Than ISO 14000 For Plant Floor Management

September 23, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is recognized as one of the most prestigious honors a U.S. company in the manufacturing sector can attain. We recently sat down with Woodbury University President Luis Calingo, member of the 2013 Board of Examiners for the award. He offers perspective on goals every company in this sector should strive for and the irony of cost cuts that are often made to employee training programs. 

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Changes In Chemical Management Part 1: OSHA Adopts GHS

September 20, 2013 8:01 am | by Glenn D. Trout, President, MSDSonline

Today over 43 million workers in over 5 million workplaces are covered by the HazCom Standard, which means OSHA’s adoption of GHS creates compliance issues that extend far and wide into American workplaces, especially  industrial facilities. The biggest changes that companies in the United States will see thanks to GHS adoption are to chemical classification, labels and safety data sheets.

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