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The Mystery of Industrial Lubricants

April 24, 2015 1:15 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

To maximize the life of the bearing and uptime of your warehouse equipment, here are three crucial things to consider for an effective industrial lubricants management program.

Cloud ERP: The Top 4 Questions You Should Be Asking

April 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

For those who have become receptive to the potential benefits of Cloud-based manufacturing...

The Internet of Things Really is a Thing

April 22, 2015 12:45 pm | by Mitch Maiman | News | Comments

There is tremendous potential for the use of IoT in many unusual and novel ways, as well as...

Manufacturers Are Looking to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global...

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Maintenance of the Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive to Collaborative

April 20, 2015 1:15 pm | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

With today's growing desire for greater productivity and efficiency, manufacturing processes and equipment are being subjected to increased demands for additional capacity, testing accepted limitations

Why and How You Should Conduct a Waste Audit

April 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Michael Wilson, Vice President of Marketing, AFFLINK | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers, distributors, and end-customers become more environmentally focused, one area that often gets overlooked is waste. For businesses, the amount of waste generated and disposed of can be considerable. And, the costs to remove this waste can also be pricey.

Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

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April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies on the plant floor. However, implementing significant change — such as investing in automation — can be daunting. 

Why Deep Discounts on Warehouse Equipment Can Cost Far More in the Long Run

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Don DeSimone | Articles | Comments

Poorly designed equipment can lead to costly downtime and supply chain disruptions.

The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 15, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting | Articles | Comments

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 15, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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How Can Maintenance Supervisors Boost Their Team’s Productivity?

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Joel Levitt, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

Being in a supervisory role doesn't make someone an effective supervisor. They have to develop their skills as a supervisor the same way they learn any craft.

How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Why be lean? Today’s market for products and materials is customer-centric. Companies need to be able to quickly refocus their supply chain operations in anticipation of or in response to changes in customer purchasing preferences. 

Infographic: The State of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

The Importance of Resin Flooring within the Safe Design of a Food Processing Facility

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

Food safety is critical for consumer confidence and the hygienic design of food processing facilities is vital to the production of safe food and beverage products.

How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

Four-Foot 28 Watt LED Light Bulb

March 25, 2015 6:00 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDT8-28W-V1 28 watt T-series LED bulb from Larson Electronics works with any T8 fluorescent light fixture, can be configured for any T series fluorescent light fixture and requires no ballast for operation.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 4

March 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the second installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, Greg discusses number four.

Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

March/April 2015: A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 17, 2015 3:41 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility. To read this cover story, exclusive features on robotics in the food plant and ways to introduce ... 

Storage Bins

March 6, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

AkroBins can help control inventories, shorten assembly times and minimize parts handling.

5 Ways a Mobile Service App Increases Manufacturer Efficiency

March 3, 2015 3:10 pm | by Joanna Rottor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing mobile ecosystem in order to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you’re performing safety inspections or tracking inventory across the plant, manually managing complex processes is no longer an option.

Food Compactor

February 27, 2015 7:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Food Compactor Systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

When these five fears are prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by "watching your back" and "looking good," and when those drive you, you will never truly succeed.

Work Boots For Women

February 25, 2015 7:45 am | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

A workhorse for women, the Detroit Low features a variety of performance and fit features combined with more feminine color ways and the iconic KEEN toe-bumper for a look that easily transitions from work to weekend.

VIDEO: How Much Money is Tied Up in Your Inventory?

February 24, 2015 12:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory. A lack of understanding on how quickly, or slowly, this inventory turns can result in a significant number of operating dollars being tied up at any given time.

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