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Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence to Unlock the Power of Smart Pull

October 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

A Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, characterized by “smart devices," which are part of an “Internet of Things” that can actually direct machines on the shop floor by communicating autonomously “device-to-device” to manage manufacturing operations and distribution.

Pepsi's True Move To E-Commerce

October 2, 2014 5:29 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Pepsi is launching a new line of naturally sweetened soda, exclusively through Amazon — a big move in an industry that has lagged in e-commerce.                               

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Top 5 Ways Virtualization Will Improve Lifecycle Management

September 30, 2014 1:17 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Here are the top five capabilities virtualization can enable over the extended lifecycles of MES.                                           

6 Things You Need To Know About STEM

September 26, 2014 11:59 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

STEM — the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math — has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration and the future of the U.S. economy. Here are six things you need to know about STEM.       

Best Practices for Bearing Protection

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by Adam Willwerth | Articles | Comments

Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage. Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).

Getting More Entrenched in Your Supply Chain is a Few Clicks Away

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.

Group Dynamic

September 22, 2014 4:50 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM | Articles | Comments

A combination of over-use and under-appreciation can relegate terms like vision and innovation to the realm of cliché. However, those words ring much clearer when presented against a backdrop of time-tested approaches that repeatedly drive growth and produce positive results. Such is the case with Evansville, IN-based ORG CHEM Group.

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The realities of doing business right now is that the marketplace is changing with breakneck speed and becoming exponentially more complex, diverse and more unpredictable than ever before.That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.

The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 9:18 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                  

September 2014: How Lean is Your Workstation?

September 17, 2014 2:29 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we show you the power of innovation and vision with ORG Chem Group, the importance of integrating workstations into Lean process flow, and investigate where the optimum place to manufacture really is.

Tesla Motors Can Sell Directly To Buyers

September 16, 2014 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

When a Worker Loses an Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 16, 2014 9:24 am | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye within 24.    

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Futuris Opens Automotive Components Manufacturing Facility In North America

September 12, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Futuris Automotive, a leading global automotive components supplier, today announced the expansion of its North American business with the opening of a new manufacturing facility and design center in Newark, California.         

NFL Team Takes a Stand on Sustainable Food Manufacturing

September 11, 2014 10:07 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The STL Rams’ Edward Jones Dome will be serving sustainably-manufactured hot dogs and burgers this upcoming football season.                                    

Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that it has received the Liberty Mutual Insurance Gold Safety Award.

The Importance of Leadership and Employee Engagement in Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

Nevada Lawmakers Considering $1.3B Tesla Package

September 10, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Brian Sandoval has ordered the Nevada Legislature into a special session to consider $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for electric car-maker Tesla Motors as part of "an extraordinary opportunity" to seal the deal for its $5 billion battery factory and tens of thousands of jobs it promises to bring. 

Want Lower Gas Prices? Ship More Oil Abroad

September 9, 2014 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Exporting more U.S. oil around the world would lower the price of gasoline for U.S. drivers and benefit the nation's economy, according to a new study.                             

5 Key Reasons To Keep Maintenance History

September 9, 2014 12:56 pm | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will also narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment.           

Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

September 9, 2014 10:33 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

The "new age" of manufacturing brings added complexity to manufacturing. Fortunately, next generation ERP solutions are being designed to take advantage of these new technologies with industry-specific technical capabilities, and are proving to be helpful in making the complex simple.    

MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by MAPI Media | Videos | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this roundtable. 

10 Proactive Ways to Eliminate Distractions in the Warehouse

August 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist at Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

MIT: Cutting Emissions Pays for Itself

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

Just how large are the health benefits of cleaner air in comparison to the costs of reducing carbon emissions? Researchers looked at three policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S., and found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big — in some cases, more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation.

Find the Value of Traceability In Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 12:18 pm | by Brady Corporation | Articles | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long way in preventing defects, recalls, product returns and combating counterfeit components.                   

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