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Is 3DP Right for Your Company?

June 12, 2014 9:11 am | by PwC US

Additive manufacturing is showing signs of triggering transformations in U.S. industrial manufacturing, from product design and production to restructured supply chains. What should your company know before implementing a 3D printing strategy?

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Natural Foods, Paleo Diet Go Mainstream

June 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc.

After decades of escalating biological and technological intervention in how our food is grown, processed, packaged and sold, a significant group of shoppers yearns to take eating back to a simpler time with the trendy Paleolithic or “paleo” diet.

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How to Deal With a Fast-Breaking Crisis in Your Plant

June 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International

Explosions, gas leaks and terrorist attacks — Oh my! A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?          

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Q&A: Product Traceability and the Wolverine Packing Beef Recall

June 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Traceability plays a major role in protecting consumer loyalty, managing reputational risks and ensuring food safety. Food traceability programs allow companies to identify the source of a problem, and initiate the appropriate procedures to remedy it immediately.

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3 Fallacies That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 9, 2014 1:02 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact

Many small manufacturers believe business technology is something for larger companies only, that it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. Here are three of the most common misconceptions with small manufacturers and wholesale distributors.

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Preventing Heat Stress on the Job

June 9, 2014 8:26 am | by Scott Jacobs, PE, Director of Engineering, Port-A-Cool, LLC

Extreme-heat situations can impact worker safety and productivity, and certainly, the company’s bottom-line. Without adequate cooling, workers are put in danger while equipment and manufactured products are at an increased risk for failure.

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Your Motto: Be Prepared!

June 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The scary thing about emergency preparedness is that you need to be prepared for anything. For many manufacturers, this applies not only to protecting your equipment and your productivity, but also your people. How would you react to a serious safety incident?

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Q&A: Trapping Ethylene May Extend Shelf Life of Food

June 6, 2014 9:24 am

It’sFresh!, a company delivering solutions to enhance food freshness and reduce food waste, announced a new sustainability goal; the diversion of 10 million pounds of fruit from the waste-stream by 2015 as a result of its technology by trapping ethylene.

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Cyber Threats: Protecting Manufacturing Assets

June 5, 2014 2:30 pm | by Nina Vajda

The threat that cyberattacks pose to manufacturers can be seen in the plethora of counterfeit products that flood the global marketplace every year. Manufacturing companies must accept that if their product has value, it’s a target for cyber criminals.

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American Manufacturing: Can it Be Revived?

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Mike Collins, Author

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action.

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Jack Keough on Starting Your Own Business

June 4, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor

More people are taking the plunge to start their own business despite the slow economy, according to a report.  More than eight in 10 U.S. small-business owners say they would still become a small-business owner if they had to do it over again. 

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ISM: Manufacturing on Target With Predictions

June 4, 2014 8:30 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, says the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Product Development

June 3, 2014 2:27 pm | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture

Manufacturers have difficulty integrating software with hardware in product development. Why does this integration matter? In a word, money. Research and development investments for high-tech companies can represent 20 percent of annual revenues.

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Wearable Technology in the Manufacturing Workplace

June 3, 2014 8:30 am | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Kronos Incorporated

Many think that wearable technology may soon become a valuable tool in the manufacturing workplace. Wearable technology has the potential to transform manufacturing processes, improve productivity, increase efficiency, and even enhance employee engagement.

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10 Tips for Safe Use of Aerial Lifts

June 2, 2014 2:33 pm | by Terex Corporation

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for workers. These operating tips are critical steps that a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) operator can take to reduce the likelihood of a potential fall.   

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Food, the FTC and the Risks of Social Media Promotions

June 2, 2014 11:12 am | by Anthony Froio and Melissa Goodman

Pinterest has become a popular social media outlet for companies to promote their brands among the sites users who “pin” images to show ideas for different projects. Many companies have made contests and sweepstakes an important part of their Pinterest strategy.

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Coffee Production: How Too Many SKUs Can Drag Down Profits

May 30, 2014 8:45 am | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar

Strategic planning is especially critical for coffee producers to avoid this proliferation of SKUs. While you may not be able to anticipate all of your customers’ unique needs, your strategic plan can establish guidelines and processes to help manage requests. 

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Manufacturers Weigh In on the Idea of 'Big Data'

May 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research

The term "Big Data" can be misleading if you don't know the context. This concept is still both nascent and broad enough that nobody is entirely sure how it will play out in manufacturing, although the possibilities are overarching and potentially transformative. 

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Manufacturers Need to Change the Way They Think About Their IT

May 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Robert Bates & John D'Souza, Wipro Technologies

The question to ponder is: what is the value in making a paradigm shift in a manufacturing firms approach to IT? Although many organizations have begun to change their approach to IT, manufacturing firms in particular, have been slow to latch on to this trend regarding IT.  

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Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 28, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

It does not appear that the jobs being created in the post-industrial economy are going to halt the decline of the middle class or improve living standards. But more importantly, manufacturing is the key to innovation, new products, exports, and economic growth.

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