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Coming To Grips With Sustainability

February 17, 2011 1:42 pm | by Piab

One of the biggest shifts in the manufacturing industry in recent years is the growing focus on sustainability. What started as a concern amongst a relatively small group has gathered force to become a key mainstream issue, and vacuum technology is one area that manufacturers can focus on to make a meaningful difference to the environment.

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A Guide To Selecting The Right PFPE Lubricant

January 25, 2011 10:17 am | by Nye Lubricants, Inc

If a mechanical or electromechanical component has to function for extended periods in an extreme environment, a perfluoropolyether (PFPE) lubricant just may be the key to long life and smooth performance.

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Speeding Up During Global Slowdown

January 21, 2011 11:19 am | by Piab

The competitiveness among companies in the highly automated metal fabrication industry is tough in these days of global economical slowdown. Efficient production along with a high output of the line(s) is crucial for plants, as those with low productivity will quickly disappear. This paper looks at the problem of slipping suction cups on oily metal sheets and the best methods to manage and avoid design mistakes.

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Sustainability: The Best Of Both Worlds

January 18, 2011 12:08 pm | by Alpha Wire

The prominent buzzword in material handling today is undoubtedly sustainability. However, merely relegating it to buzzword status almost does a disservice by distracting from the tangible benefits of sustainability. Fewer materials, lower energy bills, and cleaner integration of components are all realized gains that, directly and indirectly, impact the bottom line. Nevertheless, sustainable initiatives require an in?depth understanding of what technologies are available and how to integrate them into your system.

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Heat-Shrink Tubing: The Versatile Tools For Maintenance & Repair

January 18, 2011 11:31 am | by Alpha Wire

The name heat-shrink tubing pretty much sums up what it is and does: a plastic tube that shrinks permanently when heat is applied. How much it shrinks is determined by its shrink ratio, commonly ranging from 2:1 to 6:1. Think of heat-shrink tubing as the duct tape for electrical wiring on the factory floor. Heat-shrink tubing is versatile, easy to use, and finds wide applicability in maintenance and repair.

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Choosing The Proper Fastener When Automating

January 12, 2011 11:45 am | by Spirol

The fastener is as important when automating as the automation equipment itself. Choosing the right fastener may prevent exorbitant machine and fixture costs, decrease set-up and cycle times, as well as reduce the manufacturing cost of the components. One of the biggest motivators for automatic over manual fastening is increasing productivity and reducing costs. Unfortunately, many don’t realize the impact the fastener has on achieving these goals.

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SaaS ERP: A Viable Model for Job Shops and Small Manufacturers

January 5, 2011 9:45 am | by Epicor

This paper describes how the software as a service (SaaS) model delivers financial, implementation, and operational benefits to job shops and small manufacturers. It also describes how Epicor Manufacturing Express Edition, a comprehensive ERP system deployed in the SaaS model, meets the needs of job shops and small manufacturers.

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ERP in Manufacturing 2010

January 5, 2011 9:20 am | by Epicor

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provides the necessary infrastructure that forms the operational and transactional system of record for manufacturers of all types and sizes.  With a history that spans almost three decades, ERP has truly become a mature business applications.

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Enclosure Cooling - Local or Remote?

January 4, 2011 12:21 pm | by Pfannenberg Incorporated

Maintaining the proper climate inside industrial electrical enclosures is the key to trouble-free operation of the housed electrical components and, more importantly, the often delicate production processes they serve. This article discusses the pros and cons of local and remote cooling systems.

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Cost Savings Through Energy Efficient Power Transmission System

October 5, 2010 8:05 am | by Gates

A comparison of V-belt drive and synchronous belt drive characteristics, which illustrates the potential for energy savings.

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Reduce Manufacturing Process Costs By Capturing Baseline Data and Eliminating Variability

August 31, 2010 12:54 pm | by Profit Finders

This white paper will identify data collection methods, data analysis techniques, and the typical areas within a manufacturing process where cost can be reduced. Ultimately the goal is to show how technology can be used to drive continuous improvements resulting in substantial savings.

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The New Safety Compendium

August 31, 2010 8:14 am | by Pilz USA

The primary purpose of safety technology on and in machinery is to protect people from potential hazards. At the same time it protects the environment and the actual machine from harm.

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How Well Do You Know Your Dust

August 31, 2010 7:56 am | by Camil Farr APC

The collection and testing of dust samples is a long-established practice used by many powder and bulk processors to make informed dust collection decisions. Dust testing protocols have not changed markedly in recent years.

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The Hidden Cost of Equipment Ownership

August 31, 2010 7:50 am | by NES Rentals

What you need to know before you buy. The decision whether to buy or rent your equipment can have far-reaching implications for your company's financial health. So before you decide which is right for your company, you'll want to consider the total financial impact of each option - including potential costs and benefits.

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Choose The Right Rental Partner By Comparing Net Promoter Scores

August 31, 2010 7:42 am | by NES Rentals

Deciding on a rental company is difficult. You want a place that has reliable equipment, but also knows how to serve their customers. That’s where Net Promoter Score (NPS) comes in. NPS helps determine which company consistently meets customer needs and has the most loyalty

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The Model 5H Oil Skimmer Helps Vancouver Tank Wash Facility Meet Municipal Wastewater Regulations

August 31, 2010 7:33 am | by Oil Skimmers

Is oil contaminating your wastewater or process water? You can easily remove waste oil in a cost-effective and efficient manner, all while generating a profit. Oil Skimmers, Inc. has been a leader in the automatic oil skimming industry for 40 years, providing simple yet effective solutions to waste oil removal to businesses in various industries.

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Monitoring Physical Threats in Data Center

August 30, 2010 1:26 pm | by APC by Schneider Electric

Traditional methodologies for monitoring the data center environment are no longer sufficient. With technologies such as blade servers driving up cooling demands and regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley driving up data security requirements, the physical environment in the data center must be watched more closely.

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A Perspective On Standards: A Tool For Global Competitive Survival In A Complex Regulatory World

August 30, 2010 1:10 pm | by Rockwell Automation

In today's global markets, companies are required to navigate a plethora of standards and regulatory requirements, making global business complex.

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12 Criteria for Selecting the Best ERP System Replacement

August 30, 2010 6:59 am | by Epicor

An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. The cornerstone of this effort is finding the right partner and specialist.

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Asking the Right Questions About Cartridge Dust Collection

August 3, 2010 11:27 am | by Camfil Farr

Whitepaper covers four key areas to investigate when selecting a dust collector: compliance, problem-solving, reliability, and return on investment.

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