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May 2014: High-Tech Material Transport

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we visit America's oldest continuously operating paper mill, talk to experts about ways to improve Lean efforts, and showcase advancements in the material handling industry.

How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Your Operations

May 22, 2014 10:13 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

BYOD, gamification and other influences from the general consumer landscape are making their way into the IT strategies and developments of many manufacturers. Here's a look at some of the ways your facility can benefit.          

Why the Cloud?

May 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by John Papageorge | Articles | Comments

More strategically minded mid-sized manufacturers have long recognized that better data management can make them more competitive.                                   

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Train Engineering Flub Costs $68M to Fix

May 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to measure the actual distance between tracks and platforms.                 

Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer | Articles | Comments

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

Strategically Automating the Warehouse

May 13, 2014 9:56 am | by Randy Marble, Director of Software Solutions, Wynright Corporation | Articles | Comments

Nearly three in four managers rank distribution center automation as the number one way to increase productivity.                                       

The Three Key Catalysts For More Precise Recalls

May 12, 2014 4:47 pm | by Thomas Marchisello, Senior Director of Industry Development, GS1 US | Articles | Comments

Recalls are designed to ensure public health and safety. But they don’t have to cause long-lasting damage to a brand or bottom line if they are orchestrated with surgical precision.                    

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Frozen Food Group Fights Lagging Sales

May 12, 2014 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frozen food makers plan to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales.                              

Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas | News | Comments

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

Emergency Eyewashes & Showers: Testing and Maintenance

May 12, 2014 11:49 am | by Grainger - @grainger | Articles | Comments

Studies show that the seconds immediately following an eye injury or chemical splash are often critical to minimizing damage. Is your equipment ready?                              

Choosing the Right Material for the Job

May 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Anderson Development | Articles | Comments

The trick is to figure out what material properties are the most important, while at the same time keeping price and processability in mind.                                 

Are Manufacturers Stuck In The 20th Century?

May 8, 2014 9:53 am | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

Why are companies accepting unnecessary environmental liability associated with archaic, paper-based programs and what can they do to leverage existing technologies to bring their EH&S systems into the 21st century?          

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Data Breaches Are A New Source Of Worry For CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:01 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data.                                  

Buffett Praises GM's New CEO

May 5, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investor Warren Buffett says General Motors' new CEO would do a great job running any business, and she is the best person to handle the company's recall problems.                          

Ford's Alan Mulally: The Exit Interview

May 2, 2014 2:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally talks about his relationship with Bill Ford, the auto bailout of 2009 and his plans for the future.                                   

How Alan Mulally Turned Ford Around

May 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

"He's not a car guy. He's not a plane guy. He's a guy that understands the value of leadership," says the author who documented Mulally's time as CEO of the Ford Motor Company.                     

Business Intelligence And The Future Of Manufacturing

April 28, 2014 10:12 am | by Adam Cohen, Director of Partner Business Development, Information Builders | Articles | Comments

Today’s plant floors generate unimaginable volumes of data. That data can help a manufacturer increase throughput, understand where it is most exposed to risk and respond to customer demands in near-real time. Yet in the manufacturing sector, many businesses struggle to maintain pace with their data.  

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D - @ChrisFoxPDD | Blogs | Comments

The survey results tell the suspected tale that engineers feel underpaid and overworked, but perhaps more importantly engineers feel qualified to engineer.                            

Management, Safety Cited For N.M. Radiation Release

April 25, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance, and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago.  

Buffett Calls Coca-Cola's Pay Plan 'Excessive'

April 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Candice Choi and Josh Funk, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Buffett, whose company is Coca-Cola's largest shareholder, called the plan "excessive" in an interview on CNBC after it was approved at the beverage maker's annual meeting.                       

Q&A: Tackling Environmental Health & Safety

April 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Articles | Comments

Virtually all facilities need some sort of an environmental health and safety (EHS) function. Our sister publication Chem.Info sat down with experts to talk about the challenges of EHS programs and potential solutions.           

2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 2:38 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

To help manage the process of ERP evaluation and selection, offered here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when entering into an ERP project.                               

3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches.               

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