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5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

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Flying High: How Querétaro Became a Leading Global Manufacturing Location

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group

One need look no further than BMW’s recent announcement of its new $1 billion production facility in San Luis Potosi for evidence of the strengths of Mexican manufacturing.                       

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Investing in Energy

July 22, 2014 3:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

In manufacturing, where aging equipment is a given and energy rates are a cost center of sometimes epic proportions, it’s no wonder management is looking for more efficient ways to put product out the door.              

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Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence Data Is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Allison Parker

Recognizing the ever-increasing impact high energy usage has on facility budgets and corporate sustainability agendas, facility managers and engineers are focusing on facility-wide energy management.               

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits of Shifting Paper Forms to Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jason Peck

Your business can now rapidly and affordably shift from paper forms and experience five key cost saving, productivity and customer experience benefits that a cloud-based mobile app solution delivers.               

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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

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Tier 1 Chrysler Supplier KTPO Creates Intelligent Production

June 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology; it’s here today.                              

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Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

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Blurring the Lines Between Manufacturing and Retail

June 26, 2014 1:58 pm | by Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy, HighJump Software

The manufacturing and retail industries have more in common than ever before, and the straight and narrow path of product movement has turned into a roundabout in which the channels of order and fulfillment are intertwined.       

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics

Industrial work environments need an effective industrial cleaning machine to remove contaminants from the surfaces of parts before they are sent to the next step in the manufacturing process.                 

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Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

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Building Displays for the Largest Arenas in the World

June 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Get a look inside Daktronics, a company that has made scoreboards and display systems for some of the biggest teams in professional and collegiate sports.                             

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If Your Hybrid Is Even More Efficient, Thank This Guy

June 24, 2014 3:11 pm

Dede’s invention provides a 70 percent increase in heat transfer with a 50 percent reduction of pumping power, which boils down to the potential for a 10 percent increase in hybrid efficiency.                 

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Purchasing the Right Jib Crane

June 24, 2014 9:29 am | by Don DeSimone, Wynright

When you’re operating in a highly regulated industry, buying major equipment is about more than just getting the best deal. Ask these four questions before making a purchase you could regret.                  

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Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 16, 2014 3:19 pm

Due to the large volume of valves being manufactured on the production floor, the amount of tools, gauges and components used in the process can be overwhelming.                         

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 16, 2014 8:42 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most reported injury in the workplace? Here's how to prevent them.                                       

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Conveyor Solutions That Keep Your Products Moving

June 13, 2014 11:21 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

Following is a sample of some of the newest conveyor technology that’s available on the market right now, including food-safe options, control system and maintenance kits.                       

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Tap Into The Data Dividend To Compete In The Age Of IoT

June 13, 2014 10:59 am | by Sanjay Ravi, Microsoft

With the rise of these connected operations, manufacturing executives are not only finding new ways to automate and create efficiency, they are also focusing on a big new opportunity for revenue growth: services.           

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