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The Vital Role of CMMS in Reliability Centered Maintenance

December 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Chris Mumford | Articles | Comments

The mistaken belief that CMMS solutions are inadequate for the demands of RCM has spread, leading companies to waste time and money on additional software solutions that end up making their maintenance operations more complex rather than more efficient.

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier for a Better Safety Program

December 18, 2014 10:31 am | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO consults with safety expert Nino...

OEE Gets a Boost From the Industrial Internet

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the...

Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency with Color Labeling

December 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers...

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

December 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week the manufacturing sector has seen huge investments, but unfortunately that isn’t all. It has also been the backdrop of a Supreme Court decision that disregarded warehouse workers rights and sided in favor of a large corporation. So without further ado, these are IMPO’s selection for the “Winner” and “Loser” of the week — President Obama and Amazon warehouse workers, respectively. 

Thought Leaders: Tips on Using Your Supplier for an Improved Safety Program

December 11, 2014 1:58 pm | by IMPO | Videos | Comments

IMPO sits down with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to discuss some of the safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers, and how it looks to help streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

A Journeyman's Roadmap for Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

December 11, 2014 10:42 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.

Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers are Finding Value Through Weaving the Digital Thread

December 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that the potential rewards promised by new technologies are worth the inherent risks they contain.

The Winner & Loser of the Week

December 5, 2014 1:44 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Each week news of successes and failures flood in from the manufacturing sector — from recalls to exciting new plant openings or industry breakthroughs the news runs the gamut. IMPO has sifted through all the news for you and presents this week's “Winner” and “Loser.”   

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New Balance Creates Running Shoe of the Future with 3D printing

December 5, 2014 9:32 am | by New Balance | Articles | Comments

No two runners are the same. So, New Balance has taken to personalizing a runner’s shoes with EOS industrial 3D-printing technology to additively manufacture individualized spike plates that improve individual runner's performance.     

igus Wins 2014 'Leadership in Engineering' Award

December 4, 2014 5:07 pm | by igus Inc. | News | Comments

igus Inc., a manufacturer of motion plastics, has been named the winner of the annual Leadership in Engineering Award in the mechanical engineering category.                           

SAP for Chemicals

December 4, 2014 4:58 pm | by SAP for Chemicals | Events

SAP for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three days of industry-leading content. 

SAP-Centric EAM

December 4, 2014 4:45 pm | by SAP-Centric EAM | Events

Now in its eleventh year, SAP-Centric EAM has become a go-to for the EAM community to stay current on innovative solutions and critical strategies for Enterprise Asset Management in conjunction with SAP PM. This year’s event features proven best practices that have been implemented at asset-intensive organizations across industries and functions. 

6 Ways to Encourage Warehouse Safety

December 4, 2014 2:51 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.

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Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

Heinz Opens State-of-the-Art Cereal Factory in China

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees joined Chinese Government Officials to celebrate the opening of the Company’s largest infant cereal production plant in the world.                       

Wipe Away the Losses

December 2, 2014 5:31 pm | by Sean Gaffney, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Compact & Standard Category Product Line | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency is one of the hottest topics of discussion in modern industry and society recently. And the European Union has joined in the discussion by taking an active role in creating unified requirements and standards looking to improve the energy efficiency of motor driven systems in industrial and everyday applications.

Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (and Rewards) of Onshoring

November 26, 2014 9:31 am | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, I believe that contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: Reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.             

AAM Asks Americans to Pledge to Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Millions of shoppers will rush to stores in the hopes of a great deal on Friday, there is nothing that will change that, however the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to change the effects of such consumerism. They want that money to go back to American workers and companies.

NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

Global Watchdog Calls for More EU Spending

November 25, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe must relax its fiscal rules and let governments spend more money or risk dragging down the global economy, a major international organization said.                           

Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year in OK and Surrounding States

November 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year.                                 

The New Holiday Essential: Bubble Wrap

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

More than a billion packages are expected to be shipped this holiday season. That's big business for the makers of Bubble Wrap, Sealed Air. They even wrap your Thanksgiving turkey.                    

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 24, 2014 10:49 am | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly accountable business environment, it is necessary for manufacturers to optimize the performance and value of their metal detection systems. They can no longer be viewed as just a means to remove metallic contamination.    

Getting the Most Out of Your Electric Motor Repair

November 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP Vice President, Dreisilker Electric Motors | Articles | Comments

Even with standards, studies and certifications, there is no guarantee or requirement for repair shops to provide exceptional or reliable electric motor repair.                         

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