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Taming the Complexity and Cost of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Ralf Suerken

Not having that single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful. 

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Walk, Don't Run: A Security Framework for Midsize Organizations

November 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Jeff Multz

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.       

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Manufacturing Technology Trends Shaping the Industry

November 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Christina Chatfield

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has been gaining a majority of the publicity devoted to manufacturing over the past year. From appearances on popular television shows to packed booths at trade shows, 3-D manufacturing has captured the imagination of manufacturing professionals and the general public.

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Do's and Don'ts of IT/OT Collaboration

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | by Paul Brooks

The adoption of Internet Protocol in manufacturing is prompting a new era of cooperation and collaboration between IT and OT. Both have essential roles to play in helping manufacturing companies successfully transition to a single, secure IP-based network.

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Simulation Software Provides Food Facility Secret Recipe to Production Success

October 31, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abbey Hatke

Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.

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Reducing Ownership Costs For Material Handling Equipment

October 31, 2014 3:05 pm | by Jeffrey Cohen

Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.

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Digital Transformation & Tomorrow's eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 31, 2014 11:32 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Buyers are interested in buying from distributors that are online and easy to use, so manufacturers should partner with distributors that have adopted ecommerce strategies to meet the growing demand for more mobile, digital, and automatic shopping.

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5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Paul Leavoy

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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Survey Shows Growing Preference For 'Made in USA'

October 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Jolie Darrow

A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be approaching its greatest peak in popularity since the 1940s (amidst the frenzy of WWII). But it was only recently that we realized to what extent the “Buy American” movement has resurged in the American consciousness.

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Why Your Manufacturing Facility is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 12:33 pm | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation

For several years now, the prevailing position of manufacturing executives was to strategically locate plants across mainland China. “Offshoring,” as it was aptly labeled, was originally driven by China’s competitive advantage relative to the U.S.

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Alleviating Shipping Capacity Crunch

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | by Legion Logistics, LLC

How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     

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Keep Fall Pests in Your Sights

October 28, 2014 3:27 pm | by Ron Harrison, Ph.D, Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC

Pests may try to get into your food processing facility looking for places to survive the winter. They usually go into hiding where no one can see them, which means they often go unnoticed and forgotten until emerging, looking to get back outside when spring rolls around. 

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Workforce Management in the Cloud Becomes a Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2014 10:50 am | by Vicki Bergendal

A cloud-based workforce management system can automate the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                               

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5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

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The Perils of Navigating Legal Issues in Bringing a New Product to Market

October 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Glenn Pogust, Kaye Scholer LLP

One of the most notable areas in dispute is the question of when a manufacturer can use the term “natural” or “100 percent natural” in describing its product, given the likelihood that nearly every food product will contain ingredients that have been “processed” to some degree. 

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Keep Your Equipment Up to Date For Efficiency

October 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Scott McNeill

Many manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of your equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive.    

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Q&A: The Under-Representation of Women in Manufacturing

October 24, 2014 9:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Allison Grealis, founder and executive director of Women in Manufacturing, talks about the under-representation of women in manufacturing, why this occurs and what companies can do to balance out their workforce.         

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The 3 Primary Sources of Food and Packaging Waste

October 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Keith Yeater

According to a recent study of American grocery shoppers, there is a growing concern about how much food is being wasted. People are reportedly more concerned about food waste than air pollution, water shortages, climate change and genetically modified foods. 

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Steps to Achieving an Efficient and Temperature Controlled Loading Dock

October 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Michael Brittingham

Starting from outside the temperature controlled loading dock and moving our way in, let’s take a look at some technologies and equipment available to address safety concerns and ensure that your operation remains highly productive.    

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Social Exploration: Discovering the Person Behind the Purchase

October 23, 2014 10:51 am | by Will McInnes, CMO, Brandwatch

As the power of the consumer grows, many brands are struggling to capture a holistic understanding of who that person is, what he/she cares about, and how he/she makes purchasing decisions. Thoughtful use of social media leads to a better understanding of the person behind the purchase and a strengthened relationship with the consumer.

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