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How Manufacturers Can Bring Down The Gavel On Legal Fees

November 29, 2013 8:09 am | by Stephen Rauf, Legal Services Lead at Procurian | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the largest barriers to aggressively tackling legal expenditures is that failure is not an option. The relationships formed between corporate attorneys and outside firms often span multiple decades, forged on a foundation of trust.

In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 29, 2013 8:01 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

Peugeot Citroen Chief's $28.5M Pension Criticized

November 27, 2013 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 France's Socialist government is criticizing plans to award a 21 million-euro ($28.5 million) pension pot to the outgoing CEO of struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.                   

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The Internet of Things: Brooms Coming to Life

November 27, 2013 7:43 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In Walt Disney's Fantasia, the fate of the enchanted broom, the tale’s forgotten hero, is a rich allegory with modern flavors. It provides a helpful departing point for a reflection on the surging Internet of Things (IoT).        

The Criticality Of Effective Supply Chain Management In Times Of Disaster

November 25, 2013 9:29 am | by Jesus Carlos P. Villaseñor, CEO of TransProcure and ADR Intl | Articles | Comments

The awful disasters that have struck the Philippines in the last few months, the devastating tsunami in Japan, and general violent weather effects have caused Supply Management to plan for continuity of supply down to the third tier of suppliers. 

Why Low Voltage Lighting Is Growing In Popularity Within The Industrial Sector

November 22, 2013 9:39 am | by Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics Magnalight | Articles | Comments

Low voltage lighting has gained popularity over the last several years due in large part to the generally safer operation it presents. In many cases, low voltage lighting is indicated for use in specific locations according to OSHA regulations and NEC recommendations. 

Reflecting On Reflectivity: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep

November 22, 2013 9:26 am | by Richard Catley, The Garland Company and Joseph W. Mellott, Roof Consultant Institute | Articles | Comments

Coatings can play a role in reducing energy loads, especially peak energy loads in many buildings, but they also offer benefits in terms of service life extension, fire retardancy, reducing the heat-history of the underlying membrane and insulation, improve traffic resistance, increase friction for safety, preserve impact resistance, help shed water or even be part of a waterproofing system.

Tyson To Drop Hog Supplier After Abuse Video

November 21, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An animal rights group said Wednesday it videotaped workers at a central Oklahoma farm abusing hogs raised for Tyson Foods, and the meat company said it would immediately end its contract with the supplier.             

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How Remote Wireless Monitoring Improves Manufacturing Operations

November 20, 2013 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

New manufacturing techniques, such as M2M, have recently begun to rely on remote wireless monitoring to improve safety and reliability conditions. Gone are the days of maintenance pros climbing ladders or placing their hands in turbines to collect machinery health information — instead, information is sent to a central repository and analyzed by analysts 24/7 so maintenance personnel fix only the equipment that needs attention.

Profiting With Smart R&D

November 20, 2013 8:51 am | by Keith Nichols, Cambashi | Articles | Comments

R&D activities need to be intimately linked to a company product strategy. This will lay out the future customer changes and needs, when these are likely to occur, and highlight what technologies are coming along that may provide breakthroughs. 

11 Top Manufacturing Software Areas For Investment

November 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Mark Davidson | Articles | Comments

In response to the rapid ROI that Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software applications have delivered, it’s not surprising to see organizations planning for additional investments. But the current landscape of manufacturing software applications is vast, and technology decision makers face challenges around where to start.

Case Study: Streamlining Operations To Support Growth And Gain Competitive Advantage

November 19, 2013 9:21 am | by Deacom, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The world has changed a lot since 1929 and so has the way Silver Spring Foods runs its business. The company recognized that its current Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) system could not handle its current business requirements and would be unable to evolve as the company continued to grow.

Supply Chain Cyber Security: What are the Risks and How Can Companies Address Them?

November 18, 2013 9:36 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO of Apptricity | Articles | Comments

As the CEO of a supply chain management, e-procurement, and financial productivity solutions company, Tim Garcia draws on real-life experiences to provide four tips for incorporating web security into companies’ overall risk management strategies. Lax procedures that fail to protect critical data leave businesses vulnerable to attacks that threaten customers and damage brands.

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Tight Tolerance Is Critical For Top Quality And Superior Performance

November 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Ken Glassen, Vice President of Engineering, Kaysun Corporation | Articles | Comments

“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.

November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

Four Strategies For Tracking Manufacturing Costs

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?

It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

Closet Manufacturing: Jonathan Buford At TEDxKL 2013

November 14, 2013 9:06 am | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Buford discuss the role 3D printing can play in increasing affordability of manufacturing, creating flexible, scaleable models of manufacturing, and eliminating the need for warehouses of inventory.               

Mark Dwight: Micro-Manufacturing Entrepreneur

November 14, 2013 8:57 am | by Stanford Business | Videos | Comments

Mark Dwight, founder of Rickshaw Bagworks, is a passionate advocate for the "maker movement", who believes that micro-manufacturers, like his small cut-and-sew factory in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, are the future of American manufacturing. 

Q&A: Preventing Hand Injuries At Your Facility

November 13, 2013 5:15 pm | by Brenda Nader, Kimberly-Clark Professional | Blogs | Comments

Brenda Nader serves as senior product supply manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, located in Roswell, GA, which is a leading provider of hygiene, safety, and productivity solutions. As a safety company, manufacturing companies rely on KCP for safety products that help protect both their employees and the environments they work in.

Onsite: A Brain For Grain

November 13, 2013 4:38 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the spring of 1996, 20 producers, land-owners, and businessmen in Missouri developed a local cooperative called AgraMarke, in order to pool the group’s knowledge and resources to grow non-GMO grains. AgraMarke grew to 350 producers in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.  In June 2001, the group established LifeLine Foods, LLC.

5 Quick Questions: Labor Will Define Success

November 13, 2013 8:10 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers, in many cases, are leading the way in finding more flexible ways to work with labor. It gives the flexibility to build people’s confidence without necessarily becoming full-time employees. There’s more technology that can be put to play in training people, in ensuring their skills are high.

Q&A: Better Emergency Preparedness On The Plant Floor

November 12, 2013 8:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

There are actually multiple barriers including cultural, environmental and technological, challenges that can affect timely and effective decision-making in a crisis situation. Among the most common cultural barriers are different languages spoken by people in the facility.

Company Gives Eyewear To Those In Need

November 11, 2013 11:30 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal joins Morning Joe to discuss launching the eyewear brand and the company's philanthropic mission of giving glasses to those in need.                       

How To Develop A Multi-Skilled Workforce: Learning To Do More With Less

November 11, 2013 9:00 am | by Terri Szymczak, Regional Leader, Training Services, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

What if you learned funding for capital equipment required to keep your plant running in coming years was soon going to be extremely hard to find? Would you hit the panic button? The situation manufacturers are facing when it comes to their most critical asset – people – is nearly as dire.

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