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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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Girls Only: A Way To Close the STEM Gender Gap?

November 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kim MacGregor

EGHS debuted a girls-only section of Introduction to Engineering Design. Comprised of 17 students, it follows the same curriculum as the other four sections, however, the girls-only class chooses its own projects to tackle. Students also talk about STEM career possibilities for women.

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What the New Tangible Asset and Repair Regulations Mean for Manufacturing Firms

November 5, 2014 10:25 am | by Dean Sonderegger

The new Repair Regulations will drastically impact how manufacturing companies treat the amounts paid to purchase, produce, or improve tangible property, like plants, buildings, machines, and much more.             

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ISM: Manufacturing Continues Strong Growth Trajectory

November 4, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 65th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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In House vs Outsourced Fleet Management

November 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Robert Hall

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Ralf Suerken

Not having a single picture of what's happening on the floor - or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning - is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

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Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 10:26 am | by Christina Chatfield

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.               

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Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors.                         

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American Certified Finds Growing Preference for 'Made in USA'

October 29, 2014 1:58 pm | by Jolie Darrow

It’s no surprise that recent years have brought a surge in demand for products made in the USA. The financial crisis of 2008, and subsequent recession, have caused Americans to rethink the importance and position of the U.S. economy.     

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5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 28, 2014 10:26 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

Undoubtedly, maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money, however, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to the following issues: lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

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Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

October 27, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeffrey Cohen

Although the price to acquire the equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase.       

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The Role of Cloud Based ERP in Reshoring Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Pat Garrehy

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective — ultimately driving greater revenue.

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Q&A With Women in Manufacturing's Allison Grealis

October 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field.

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How To Stay Compliant With OSHA's New GHS Rules

October 23, 2014 9:57 am | by Chris Palmisano

Besides training employees on the new GHS (Global Harmonization System) labeling elements, new pictograms, and the new SDS (Safety Data Sheet) format, there are more important challenges to compliance, that many employers and Safety Managers may not even realize.

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Navigating the Challenge of Choosing ERP Software

October 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors.             

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