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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

If you want to maximize the life of the bearing and maximize uptime of your equipment you need to use the proper lubricant with the right viscosity. You also have to make sure that you use precision lubrication — meaning the right amount at the right time. 

Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and...

How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 24, 2015 2:52 pm | by Tom Grace, Brand Protection Manager, Eaton | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each...

Lawson Products Takes Business to the Next Level

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

This well-known MRO supplier shares the ways it has been able to enhance its value proposition...

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5 Tips for a More Efficient Compressed Air System

March 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

An efficient compressed air system can be invaluable asset to a manufacturer. So in order to help, here are five tips on how to achieve the most efficient compressed system. 

Choosing the Right Flexible Screw Conveyor for the Job

March 6, 2015 2:37 pm | by Doan Pendleton, Vice President, Vac-U-Max | Articles | Comments

To avoid costly downtime, choosing a flexible screw conveyor engineered to meet conditions at the plant, rather than a generic off-the-shelf unit, can save thousands of dollars in the future.

Forklift Conversion: The Key to Eco-Efficiency

January 26, 2015 11:02 am | by Brian Faust, General Manager, Douglas Battery | Articles | Comments

Forklift fleets offer significant opportunities for warehouses and distribution centers to improve their eco-efficiency. One way is to convert from forklifts powered by internal combustion (IC) to electric lift trucks.         

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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 during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.

Motors Week: Brushes, Sparking, and Machine Maintenance

November 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company) | Articles | Comments

The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.

Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case | Articles | Comments

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6 Percent in September

November 13, 2014 9:46 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.                         

How a Labeling Solution Saved a U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.

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5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 28, 2014 10:26 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Undoubtedly, maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money, however, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to the following issues: lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

October 27, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeffrey Cohen | Articles | Comments

Although the price to acquire the equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase.       

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).

What's Hot in Dryers

September 22, 2014 9:53 am | by Tia Nowack | Articles | Comments

Compressed air is found in almost any manufacturing environment. Often referred to as the “fourth utility,” it is widely used in control systems and for powering pneumatic equipment. In order for these systems to perform properly, the air must be dry. 

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.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 1.1% in July

September 10, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing (AMT) & The United States Cutting Tool Institute (USCTI) | News | Comments

July U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $170 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                           

Stillwater Scales Back Work At Canadian Mine Site

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stillwater Mining Co. is further scaling back work on a proposed precious metals and copper mine in Canada.                                         

Storing, Lifting and Guarding Solutions from Wildeck

August 21, 2014 2:16 pm | by Wildeck, Inc. | Videos | Comments

Contact the only U.S. manufacturer who can provide storing, lifting and guarding solutions.                                               

Atlas Copco Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Atlascopcosaurus

August 15, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

It’s not clear how the unnamed dinosaur died 100-120 million years ago, but it’s been only 30 since he finally encountered a predator he couldn’t outrun: Atlas Copco equipment.                     

Cranes Are Easily Installed Workstation Solutions

July 24, 2014 2:23 pm | by EMH - Engineered Material Handling | Product Releases | Comments

Light weight aluminum track profiles, exclusive EMH t-slot design, anodized enclosed rails and anti-kick-up nylon wheels are all contributing benefits that provide maintenance-free workstation solutions. 

Giant, Portable Mobile Crane

July 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Air Technical Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Air Technical Industries, Inc. has developed the Port-O-Giant Mobile Crane with special features to provide increased lift height and available features for outdoor use or hazardous applications. 

New Wheel Options for Scaffold Casters

July 9, 2014 10:12 am | by The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring zero offset for added stability and safety, SJE Series casters are designed for building and refitting scaffolds. 

Heavy-Duty Safety Cabinets

July 1, 2014 3:12 pm | by JOBOX | Product Releases | Comments

The new JOBOX cabinets take fire safety to a new level by combining fire resistance with exceptional safety, durability and security. 

Maintenance-free Systems for the Packaging Industry

June 30, 2014 11:21 am | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Plastics maker igus is presenting a range of new products specially developed to meet stringent demands of the packaging industry. 

Universal Hinge Mount Safety Gate

June 26, 2014 4:20 pm | by FabEnCo | Product Releases | Comments

This new gate, The G Series, is available in galvanized carbon steel, carbon steel with safety yellow powder coat and stainless steel.

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

Organizing Inventory to Keep Product Flowing

June 16, 2014 3:19 pm | Articles | Comments

Due to the large volume of valves being manufactured on the production floor, the amount of tools, gauges and components used in the process can be overwhelming.                         

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