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Sustainable Manufacturing Starts with Compressed Air Optimization

June 16, 2015 2:25 pm | by Alfredo Piccolo, Vice President CTS Sales & Marketing USA Atlas Copco Compressors LLC

Of all the energy used in manufacturing, compressed air systems have the largest potential for improvement.

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A Glimpse Into Toyota Material Handling: Q&A with Tom Lego

June 16, 2015 9:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Tom Lego the manager of Toyota’s National Customer Center, took the time to discuss the company’s material handling business. He discusses the advantages of domestic operations, the touchstones of the company’s success, current trends and much more.

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The Advantages of Integrated Supply

June 15, 2015 1:52 pm | by George Krauter

True and optimum “Integrated Supply” is [or should be] a defined process that allows the client to discontinue management of MRO stores and related operations while optimizing return on investment benefits. 

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Track and Trace Technology: One Cure for the Common Recall

June 15, 2015 9:53 am | by Jack Payne

Mass recalls can be prevented. Manufacturers can become more proactive in mitigating the risk and impact of contamination if leveraging technology correctly.

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Infographic: The Return of the Manufacturing Sector

June 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Since the Great Recession, the phenomenon of reshoring manufacturing jobs and operations has found itself sitting in the spotlight. But has the reshoring drive actually produced tangible effects?

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Enhancing Indoor Air Quality in Manufacturing Facilities

June 9, 2015 12:27 pm | by Tennant Company

Enhancing indoor air quality through better cleaning practices and equipment can improve employees’ health, and improve the overall experience for visitors to your facility.

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Machine Troubleshooting: A Vital But Shrinking Industry Skill

June 9, 2015 12:19 pm | by Larry Wade & Kimberly Perkins, Amatrol

Troubleshooters are highly skilled workers, but unfortunately, they are becoming an increasingly rare breed in the workforce. 

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October 2: Manufacturing's Very Own Holiday

June 8, 2015 5:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing dedicated to changing people’s minds about what it means to be a part of the industry, inspiring the next generation of manufacturers and to give manufacturers a platform to show the importance of their work. And frankly, the industry needs it.

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OSHA-Based or IBC Stairs: Clearing Up a Warehouse Controversy

June 8, 2015 4:54 pm | by Arlin Keck, R&D Engineer, Steel King Industries

For anyone working in an industrial or warehouse environment, where cost, space, efficient material handling and worker safety are vital, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-based stairs are often preferred over IBC stairs due to their smaller footprint, better fit, and lower cost.

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Tips for Improving Manufacturing Practices Through LEAN Implementation

June 8, 2015 4:42 pm | by Chip Johns, President/COO of Butler Automatic

If you are able to simplify your manufacturing tasks, increase spatial and workflow organization, take steps to reduce errors, and listen to employees on the manufacturing floor, your company will begin to see reduced waste, improved employee morale and training, improved efficiency, and a greater ability to manufacture products on a predictable timetable.

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In the Driver's Seat

June 8, 2015 4:04 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Chicago-area technology manufacturer MBX Systems saved more than $700,000 and increased net profit 23 percent by soliciting employee ideas for working smarter. 

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Mastering the Art of ‘Oversees’ Shipping

June 8, 2015 2:33 pm | by Rajiv Saxena

If global manufacturing adopted an official logo, a double-edged sword might be a fitting choice — especially when it comes to keeping track of products.

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The HazCom Deadline Is Now History

June 8, 2015 9:57 am | by Brian McFadden, Compliance specialist, Graphic Products

The first of June has come and gone. OSHA’s HazCom 2012 regulations for chemical labeling in the workplace are now in full effect for most companies. How’s your facility looking?

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Supply Chain Analytics: How Manufacturers Can Get the Most Value Out of Their Automated Data Capture Technology

June 2, 2015 4:10 pm | by Shane Snyder, President, Barcoding, Inc.

When it comes to automatic identification and data capture (AIDC), supply chain analytics are most useful in two chief areas: device optimization (the technology itself) and labor management (those who are using the technology).

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ISM: Economy Well Positioned for Continued Growth

June 2, 2015 3:11 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

With West Coast port disputes and the winter season behind us, things are looking up. 

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Inside Watts Bar Nuclear Plant — One of The Longest Building Projects in U.S. History

June 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

It’s taken so long to complete, the newest nuclear plant in the U.S. will run on 1970s-era technology. But finally, after nearly four decades, the second reactor at the Watt Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is 90 percent finished.

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7 Questions to Ask to Improve Asset Maintenance

June 2, 2015 10:39 am | by Monroe Blanton

Asset maintenance in manufacturing is more than just a company’s program to maintain its assets. It is a vital link to organizational success because it can reduce unplanned losses and improve overall efficiency.

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E-Invoicing Requirements Facilitate Supply Chain Finance Opportunities

June 1, 2015 3:05 pm | by Scott Lewin

Manufacturers can capitalize on government mandated electronic invoicing to realize internal efficiencies and benefit from supply chain and liquidity improvements — which can vastly improve the stability and efficiency of their local supply chains.

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Tips for Taking Your ERP Paperless

June 1, 2015 2:06 pm | by Alyssa Kadansky

So you've implemented an ERP solution, like Microsoft Dynamics or NetSuite, to help streamline your financial processes. Great! But maybe you want to take your ERP solution one step further and help your office go completely paperless. 

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Best Practices For Sharing Data Across The Enterprise

June 1, 2015 12:39 pm | by Khris Kammer & Keith McPherson

Only 14 percent of executives say that their plant-floor data is integrated with enterprise systems. This low number means the majority of industrial operations are not taking advantage of the wealth of valuable data from their automation systems.

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