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7 Ways To Manage Inventory With Specialized Delivery Services

August 26, 2014 11:10 am | by Will Bacon | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the seven ways manufacturers can partner with suppliers to reduce their inventory and streamline their logistics and market planning for advanced delivery.             

McDonald's Names New U.S. President, Again

August 22, 2014 11:26 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

On Friday McDonald's named a new president for its flagship U.S. division, marking the second...

Nestle Pushes for Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to...

4 Factors Driving the Emergence of Digital Manufacturing

August 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

The powerhouse combination of mobility, cloud computing, security and predictive analytics is...

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How Much Do Fantasy Football and Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With fantasy football, social media and other timewasters more popular than ever, let's take a look at how much money employers are actually losing because of them.                         

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:44 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be expected to incorporate “intelligence readiness” in all products as society will progressively be relying on an IoT-supported infrastructure.                 

Evaluating and Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 19, 2014 4:21 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF (Mean Time between Failures), downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, and standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment.

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What Better Quoting Means for Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Taking control of your product portfolio and more effectively managing quoting can be a challenge. That’s where the power of a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution comes in.                      

Survey: One in Five Manufacturers Have Lost IP to Security Breaches

August 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Kaspersky Lab | News | Comments

According to a survey of businesses IT managers worldwide, 21 percent of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year.                           

August: Contract Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:30 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside the KEEN utility boot factory, get tips on choosing the right contract manufacturer and help you pick the right abrasive.   

Preventing Critters From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Roxtec | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitoes, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation.

IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

The Daily Grind

August 8, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Most every manufacturing facility has a countless inventory of abrasives in a variety of grains for different applications and finishes. The challenge for many is aligning the results needed with the materials available, and thus selection options — and concerns — can be enough to make the average manufacturing worker’s head spin.

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

In the era of lean manufacturing, it’s time to smooth out as much of the operation as possible, while still celebrating the staff. No matter what method you use to increase your output, never forget that the workers who churn out product are a vital piece of production.

Brewing a Craft Beer Empire

August 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Sierra Nevada is the largest privately owned craft brewery in the U.S. Founder Ken Grossman is determined to keep it that way, by expanding eastward from California.                         

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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

BMW, Clemson Develop New Vehicle And Manufacturing Model

August 5, 2014 10:35 am | by Clemson University | Videos | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research have a long history of collaboration. Together they have created Deep Orange 4 — a truly transformative vehicle and a unique manufacturing model.     

Energy Efficiency May Be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | News | Comments

By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.                      

Can Malaysian Airlines Survive?

July 30, 2014 3:21 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Malaysia Airlines was struggling before MH17 and MH370. The two disasters deepen the crisis for the carrier. Can the airline survive?                                  

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

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

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.                      

8 Secrets To Spotting When Your Team Is in Trouble

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Drs. Dennis and Michelle Reina, co-founders of Reina, A Trust Building Consultancy | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Monster — the world’s largest and most well known employment website — released findings from an international survey looking into workplace stress. The poll’s revelations were grim.                 

Investing in Energy

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

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.              

Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Treasury announced changes to the Research and Development Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC). And luckily for you, you don’t need to invent fake liquid vitamin food in order to take advantage of this opportunity.       

The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturer that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

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

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.                        

Aptean Launches Manufacturing Calculator

July 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Aptean | News | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

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

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

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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