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Moving Toward A Safer Plant

July 17, 2015 4:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Conveyors are a crucial piece of automation that can help increase efficiency and productivity across the plant floor through connectivity and smart technology.


Reengineering Your Supply Chain: Q&A With Brooks Bentz

July 17, 2015 2:57 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

Insights on supply chain best practices and obstacles to avoid, as well as how to measure supply chain success, how to combat tightening capacity and how to automate operations.


What Do Beer, Healthcare And Manufacturing Have In Common?

July 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Brad Wechter

The conceptual link between all of these industries is the improvement of business processes through the Internet of Things.


Putting Your Maintenance Program To The Test

July 14, 2015 4:52 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

We all realize the need for the maintenance department to keep up with regular predictive activities. But simply conducting these regular reviews of equipment is only half the battle.


Low Corrosion Marking: Is a Low-Chloride/Low-Halogen Product Enough to Ensure Safety and Compliance?

July 14, 2015 4:42 pm | by Kevin Talbott, Marketing Manager at LA-CO Industries, Inc.

Would you find it hard to believe that a seemingly simple ink marker could be responsible for the jobsite shutdown of two under-construction nuclear power plants?


Protein Snack Powerhouse

July 14, 2015 3:09 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Jack Link’s of Minong, WI brings precision – and fun – to the art of jerky-making.


Interested In Decreasing Workers’ Compensation Costs And Increasing Safety? Think Worksite Health

July 14, 2015 2:58 pm | by Curtis Smith

Even with great safety programs, employers face ever-rising workers’ compensation costs.


The Advancement Of 3D Printing And Its Impact On The Manufacturing Industry

July 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Aaron Bresinger & Yves Leclerc

Could 3D printing be the catalyst for the next set of major innovations in manufacturing?


The Magic 8 WMS Questions You Need To Ask

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by Eric Allais

Choosing the right WMS can not only make processes more efficient and help manage a workforce, it can also position an organization for growth and greatly improve customer service.


What's Missing From The Tank Car Safety Discussion

July 10, 2015 10:46 am | by Ken Grantham

The most preventable problem affecting safety is corrosion.


Six Ways Heavy Equipment Manufacturers Can Prepare For The Future Of IoT

July 9, 2015 11:12 am | by Joanna Rotter

The services you provide to customers after the initial sale are more important than ever.


Hybrid Cloud Approach Simplifies B2G Requirements Within ERP Systems

July 8, 2015 10:43 am | by Scott Lewin

A look at why a hybrid cloud management solution is the best way to address the issues associated with business-to-government requirements.


The Right Software Creates A More Sophisticated Supply Chain

July 7, 2015 11:14 am | by Randy Marble

With an increasing number of solutions available, distribution leaders should focus on advanced capabilities to gain improved productivity and profitability in the always-on supply chain.


Gap Analysis: Driving ROI

July 6, 2015 11:09 am | by Bilal Paracha

A gap analysis can move manufacturing facilities into the future of business intelligence. Forward-thinking owners should consider platforms that provide insight into their data warehouses and will connect various systems in order to gain data traceability.


The New Manufacturing: How Businesses Today Can Best Use 3D Printing

July 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Chris Elsworthy

One of the key adopters that will fuel the mainstream 3D printing industry will be small businesses.


Sustainable Manufacturing: A Q&A With Eastman Chemical's Mark Cox

July 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Mark Cox explains how going green is a boost for the mega-manufacturer’s bottom line.


How Does Improving MRO Inventory Management Reduce Maintenance Cost?

June 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Wally Wilson

Controlling the cost for equipment repairs requires careful management of the Maintenance, Repair and Operational (MRO) spare parts inventory.


5 Project Management Lessons for Manufacturing

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andreas Tremel

Staying focused on how best to execute project management tactics is often hard and overlooked, especially when pressured for time and/or funds. Here's a look at 5 project management lessons worth remembering. 


Don't Sleep Through a Chance at Maximum Efficiency

June 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Everyone has been there — eye lids drooping, blinks getting longer, the mind starting to get foggy and that overwhelming feeling of exhaustion. But for many this feeling might not come from your average night of restless sleep; it could be the result of an undiagnosed sleep disorder that could be very harmful to your health and your work.  


Business Intelligence Helps Manufacturers Keep Smart, Stay Sharp

June 25, 2015 10:10 am | by Daniel Erickson

An investment in business intelligence (BI) software would be a wise move in these times of fluctuating profit margins, increased global competition, and expanding regulations. BI empowers your organization to make well-informed, timelier, and more intelligent business decisions.



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