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Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 

The Untethered Technician

February 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

Thanks to the introduction of WiFi and mobile devices, technicians are working faster and smarter, with huge productivity gains attributable directly to instant, onsite access to information. The result is less machine downtime, more reliable production, and higher output.

The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

February 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

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How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet of Things Market

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.

New 'Flexible' Factory in India is Changing How We Make Things

February 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

When people talk about the future of manufacturing, they usually have Germany, Japan and the United States in mind, not India. That’s about to change.

VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group at Tennessee Plant

February 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union.

Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

The Relationship Between Workplace Safety and Product Safety

February 17, 2015 10:52 am | by Kenneth Ross | Articles | Comments

One of the most intractable problems facing manufacturers is where the product is used in a workplace environment. Many times, it is the employer that created an unsafe work condition that contributed to the accident.

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Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

Mississippi Toyota Plant Reaches Milestone

February 13, 2015 10:33 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which began building the Corolla in October 2011, reached the half-million production mark faster than any of the other eight Toyota plants in the U.S.

Selecting the Right Ventilation for the Workplace

February 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

February 12, 2015 2:59 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Cloud ERP lets companies focus on delivering the customized products and services now in demand, rather than worry about the limitations of their aging legacy system.

U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 7.2 Percent in December

February 12, 2015 10:06 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $168.2 million. This total was up 7.2% from November’s total and up 20.3% from December 2013.

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Airport Authority Selling 260 Acres for FedEx Plant

February 11, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eastern Pennsylvania airport authority is selling about 260 acres of airport-owned land for almost $9.9 million for a planned FedEx ground distribution hub.

Canadian American Homes Buys Shuttered Plants

February 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes manufactured homes plans to re-open two plants in central Wisconsin.

Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

Wearing its Labels With Pride

February 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading private label and store brand producer and contract manufacturer of beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods, and Berner's current product line represents a significant evolution from a company that opened in 1941 as a maker of natural cheeses. 

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

Why Your Expansion Plan Needs Supply Chain Modeling

February 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Jason Duff and Donald A. Hicks, LLamasoft | Articles | Comments

Whether it’s adding a new process line, building an additional plant or expanding an existing facility, conducting a supply chain analysis in partnership with your design team can lead to better decision-making and more efficient capital expenditures.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

Regulators: Design Flaws Led To DuPont Plant Deadly Gas Leak

February 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say problems in the design of a network of pipes and valves at a Houston-area DuPont chemical plant contributed to a poisonous gas leak that killed four workers in November.                 

Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

Report: Navistar Contract Agreement Would Salvage Pension Plan

February 5, 2015 9:41 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The tentative agreement between truck and engine manufacturer Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers union reportedly will continue the company's pension plan.                       

Ford To Transition up to 500 Workers to Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.                           

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