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The Nuts & Bolts Of MRO: How Inventory Data Can Strengthen Your Supply Chain

March 27, 2014 10:31 am | by Brian Norris, Vice President of Inventory Management, Grainger | Articles | Comments

Successful inventory management programs start with a thorough understanding of the inventory itself. Just as there are a lot of different types of inventory, there are a lot of different ways to manage it.             

Building A Smarter Mattress

March 27, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tuft and Needle is betting it can apply tech lessons to building a cheaper and more comfortable mattress.                                          

Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 2

March 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to prioritize maintenance work, schedule it in advance, and share findings in real time is a great way to keep facilities running at peak performance, often with cost savings.                   

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$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights America's Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 9:32 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Kansas, candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.                               

Justification For Migration

March 26, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                  

Amy's Kitchen To Open New Orange County Plant

March 26, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Empire State Development says the company will invest nearly $100 million and build a 500,000-square-foot organic food-manufacturing plant with nearly 700 new jobs.               

Ind. City Looks To Sell Failed Solar Panel Facility

March 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana city is looking to sell off the factory that a failed solar panel manufacturer bought with hundreds of thousands of dollars in public subsidies.                          

Effort To Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails

March 25, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate sponsor of an effort to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has withdrawn the measure from consideration this year.                               

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Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.             

77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

March 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recreational vehicle maker is adding workers for a third production line at a northern Indiana factory.                                         

Wanxiang Affiliate Buys Fisker Plant

March 25, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Castle County officials say an affiliate of Wanxiang America has acquired the Fisker Automotive plant near Newport.                                         

Dry-Tech Box Helps Find The Right Bearing

March 25, 2014 9:46 am | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Plastics specialist igus has announced the release of its dry-tech box, a sample kit designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their application.    

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Building Up, Not Out

March 24, 2014 5:26 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Plant and warehouse expansions are expensive, can lead to extended downtimes, and are dependent on available space and upfront capital. Making better use of existing space, however, is a more affordable and practical option with impressive results. 

A Reliable Effort Creates Quick ROI

March 24, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

With the cost of downtime in some applications valued in the thousands of dollars per minute, it’s safe to say manufacturers who take a reliability-centered strategy are hedging their businesses against potentially catastrophic impacts.      

The Last Big U.S. Bike Maker

March 24, 2014 2:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Worksman Cycles has been making industrial tricycles and consumer bicycles for more than 100 years in New York City.                                       

Washington's Exports Soar Thanks To Boeing

March 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the economies of Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                        

Detection Perfection

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial Scientific's products are often the first and last line of defense for a tradesman working in a potentially hazardous environment.                               

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 9:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has begun compiling details about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a global compensation deal, but dozens of people have taken to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.      

Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage-maker's 12 U.S. breweries.                     

BlackBerry Selling Off Canadian Real Estate

March 21, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                            

Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.                     

Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                             

Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 19, 2014 4:38 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

An Inside Look At CAT's Business Ingenuity

March 19, 2014 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.       

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