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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

October 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mark Adair

The triple bottom line is a term that was coined in the 90’s. In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. The conventional wisdom is that a combination of these three components leads to a successful company that retains employees, partners and clients.

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The Generational Divide

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

How do the youngest crop of workers – who continue to enter the industry as we speak – best learn from their more seasoned counterparts? How do these two groups use the same tools to drive results when one grew up with the internet and the other has spent 30 years keeping measurements in a notebook in their back pocket?

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Keep Your Equipment Up to Date for Efficiency

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Scott McNeil

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability.                                

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4 Trends For A&D Value Chains: New Opportunities, New Challenges

October 14, 2014 2:43 pm | by Su Doyle

Within the aerospace and defense segment, four trends are driving the adoption of RFID to achieve improved process automation, efficiency and traceability.                           

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Everything Goes in Cycles

October 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Tia Nowack

In this unassuming facility, the team behind Worksman Cycles builds industrial bikes and trikes that are used in some of the largest plants in the world, including Ford, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.               

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 13, 2014 2:38 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan

In this article, we will explore some of the key technologies disrupting manufacturing operations as we know them.                                       

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Is the Trade Deficit Really So Bad?

October 13, 2014 9:54 am | by Mike Collins

You don’t have to be an economist to see that accepting growing trade deficits with no plan to reduce the debt (or even pay for the debt) is a house of cards waiting for some kind of macro economic trigger to cause a collapse.       

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In Today’s Supply Chain, Anticipating Risk is Only Half the Battle

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Sundar Kamakshisundaram

As supply chains have become more complex and more global, just knowing your tier one and tier two suppliers no longer cuts it. To effectively manage risk, you need to know your suppliers’ suppliers — and even the suppliers supplying them. And more important, you must move from anticipating risk to proactively predicting it. 

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7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Steve Wooledge

Manufacturers have traditionally been very successful in increasing the efficiency and quality of their production processes using lean and Six Sigma programs. However, they are finding that relying on those methods is not enough for them to stay competitive.

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Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

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Optimizing the Digital Factory

October 2, 2014 4:53 pm | by Sean Riley

As business evolves, so does our ability to uncover new sources of revenue, which keeps life interesting. One of the most significant contributors to business evolution in the last few decades is technology.             

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ISM: Manufacturing Set for a Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How To Select the Right Safety System for Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 11:01 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 

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4 Key Insights Into the Intersection of Manufacturing and Technology in Silicon Valley

September 30, 2014 4:51 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  

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3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

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9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 29, 2014 9:50 am | by Adam Reidel

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 

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Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

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Lease or Loan Equipment? What You Need to Know to Decide

September 25, 2014 10:03 am | by William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                

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