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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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Overcome Compliance Hurdles to Maximize Surplus Asset Recovery

May 29, 2015 3:06 pm | by Gardner Dudley

The surplus or idle assets in your business can free up valuable warehouse space and reduce carrying costs while generating cash that be invested back in the business. To access this often-untapped revenue source, look no further than your own reverse supply chain.

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Do Your Business Processes Need a Spring Cleanup? Ask These 4 Questions

May 28, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jeff Frankel

Here are 4 questions to help determine if your business processes are working across the enterprise or if you need to do some spring cleaning to make the most of 2015.  

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Applying 5S Concepts to Training Development

May 27, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto, Customer Success Specialist, Convergence Training

5S is the lean method of organizing a work area to increase efficiency and decrease waste. But what a lot of people may not have though of is how some of the same ideas in 5S apply well to creating effective training materials at work. 

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Vision, Response Critical for Ensuring Supply Chain Continuity

May 27, 2015 10:46 am | by Joe Shust, Editor, Continuity Insights

As economies become more global, supply chains have become more complicated. This places even greater emphasis on continuity as a strategic operational element.

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The Industrial IoT Enables the First Factory of the Future

May 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Chang

In an effort to create an integrated technology infrastructure, Airbus collaborated with National Instruments (NI) to begin developing smart tools for the first aerospace factory of the future.

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Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

May 26, 2015 10:44 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation.

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Lean Six Sigma: The Ultimate Tool to Strengthen Your Business

May 22, 2015 1:47 pm | by Michael DeCata

It's sometimes difficult to take a step back and systematically solve a problem or understand the root cause of an inefficient process, but often that is exactly what's needed to achieve consistent process improvement.

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Automating SOP Management To Improve Quality, Oversight and Efficiency

May 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by Mika Javanainen

In the manufacturing environment, everything from equipment operation and product assembly to maintenance procedures and quality assurance processes are controlled under the guidance of SOPs.

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Reducing Employee Turnover is Just Smart Business

May 19, 2015 3:10 pm | by National Service Alliance, LLC

Each time a worker leaves, it can cost an employer $1,000 in recruiting, orientation, and basic training costs to bring in a replacement. Here are tips to help bring those numbers down.

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Manufacturing Automation: Finding the ROI in a Digital Strategy

May 18, 2015 10:37 am | by Larry Korak

The state of shop floor automation has changed drastically in the last five years as IT capabilities bring advanced software functionality, highly flexible infrastructures and more options in deployment, including SaaS and cloud computing.

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Enterprise Labeling Delivers Value For Manufacturers

May 14, 2015 5:33 pm | by Deborah Grant

Excellence in labeling has always provided a competitive advantage in the business of manufacturing, but today the amount of critical data that needs to be printed on a barcode label far surpasses what was considered to be sufficient in the past.

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Infographic: Driving the Industry Forward

May 14, 2015 5:27 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The automotive sector has long been credited with creating a significant number of American manufacturing jobs, as well as implementing innovative manufacturing practices to shave precious seconds off of production and assembly times. Take a look at how some of the most notable automakers stack up when it comes to manufacturing. 

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MSC Industrial Shares Its High-Tech Evolution

May 14, 2015 5:22 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

IMPO’s sister magazine, Industrial Distribution, sat down with Charles Bonomo, CIO of MSC Industrial Supply, to discuss some of the ways in which this MRO supplier has gone from classic brick-and-mortar to a distributor that’s a high-tech partner for its customer base.

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The Guide to Proper Alignment

May 14, 2015 5:17 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Excessive vibration of industrial machinery is often indicative of potentially serious problems, such as unbalances, looseness, shaft misalignment and bearing or gear failure. This can result in safety risks, equipment damage, shutdowns, unexpected downtime and lost productivity. 

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