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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 28, 2015 10:51 am | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

Thought Leaders: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

January 28, 2015 9:26 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted dollars hiding everywhere. According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory… and a lack of understanding of how quickly (or slowly) this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 10:22 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

When people think of the supply chain, they think trucking and warehouse. On the front lines, they see a need to be physically strong. They see a male-centric role. We don’t necessary think women can do things in the supply chain. We need for people to think differently.

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Manufacturer Spends Annual Ad Budget on One Ad

January 26, 2015 3:16 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

This year, the cost of a thirty second Super Bowl ad is approximately $4.5 million, $500,000 more than last year. While this price tag would be a deterrent for many, one manufacturer is willing to spend their entire year's advertising budget for the exposure.

Photo of the Day: Getting Pumped Up for the Super Bowl

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Take a look at IMPO's Photo of the Day to catch a glimpse of the footballs being manufacturered for Super Bowl XLIX.                                     

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.         

1 Year After Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen.             

Yogurt Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Arson

January 26, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular yogurt company is in prison after admitting he set the production plant ablaze in a fit of anger over investors' handling of the company.                         

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Famous Portland Bread Goes National

January 23, 2015 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Oregon-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich lovers. Now it has plans to expand to every state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.       

Another Group Pulls Support From PNM's Power Plant

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A third group is withdrawing its support of Public Service Co. of New Mexico's plan to shut down half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.                         

Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

Industrial IoT Creates New Job Requirement — ESP

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Bhavesh S. Patel | Articles | Comments

Meet the new job requirement for industrial facility and IT operations professionals — extrasensory perception, a.k.a. ESP.                                     

U.S. Steel To Lay Off More Than 350 at Indiana Tin Mill

January 22, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.                                   

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 9:08 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 21, 2015 2:02 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

Who Owns the Asset and the Data in APM and Servitization?

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

Using the data from three lathes in your plant to predict reliability is possible, but using the data from thousands of lathes in operation around the world adds a whole other layer of confidence in the prediction. This is the reason so many manufacturing equipment OEMs are beginning to offer reliability services as part of their product offering.

Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Manufacturer

January 21, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal trial has begun for an Omaha businessman accused of paying someone to set fire to his manufacturing plant near Fort Calhoun in eastern Nebraska.                           

How To Fill Customer Orders Cheaper, Faster With Lean Continuous Improvement Model

January 20, 2015 2:34 pm | by Curt Schmidgall, Winegard Value Stream Manager | Articles | Comments

The most significant results from implementing the lean continuous manufacturing model come not from discrete changes to certain products or processes, but from incorporating the entire company into the lean continuous model journey.     

BP Fights Against Billions in Federal Penalties

January 20, 2015 2:18 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal lawyers have begun making their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                             

Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set to Close

January 20, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

Skills Gap Predictions for 2015: Rising Wages and More Training

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014.       

Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work for Manufacturers

January 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Videos | Comments

Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in the industrial MRO space. In this video, we’ll speak with Geoff Robertson – Vice President, e-Commerce Strategy and Planning for Grainger – on some of the emerging areas of e-commerce functionality, and the business processes these advancements are designed to address.

'Greening' the Manufacturing Industry

January 16, 2015 2:41 pm | by Monica Gomez | Articles | Comments

Going “green” is not only good for the environment—it is also good for the wallet in the long run, and it helps boost the social capital of a company.                             

BP Cuts Staff, Contractors as Oil Prices Fall

January 15, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has announced it will cut an estimated 200 staff jobs and another 100 contracting jobs in light of falling oil prices.                                     

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