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A Close Shave With American Manufacturing

July 2, 2014 | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

800razors.com founder Phil Masiello sounds a little resentful of the overriding skepticism that dominates the current political landscape, saying, “People tell us all the time that they cannot believe that we are truly a Made in America product, and they can’t believe that we’re doing it economically.”

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Running On Wind In America's Heartland

July 31, 2014 4:17 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. After touring many states for several years, the company decided to set up shop in ...       

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5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

July 31, 2014 4:13 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Comments

A new white paper from Kardex Remstar reviews 5 order improvement strategies. There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity ...        

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Managing Idle Time To Improve Productivity

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Michael Harris | Comments

Today’s warehouse managers constantly are challenged to “do more with less.” Most attempt to meet this challenge by finding ways to reduce labor costs. Many have implemented labor measurement systems to measure associates’ productive work, and some have ...

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Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 31, 2014 11:25 am | by Dean Wiech | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to ...        

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Jason Peck | Comments

The ability to download an app in seconds, share photos and data via the Cloud in real-time, and communicate from any location at any time have evolved from “nice to have” to “need to have.”             

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The Columbus, Ohio Region: A True Logistics Hub

July 7, 2014 10:30 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor - @AbbigailatID | Comments

On the surface, it is pure geography – Columbus Ohio is located on the far eastern side of the Midwest – providing proximity to four key markets – the Midwest itself, Eastern Canada, the Northeastern United States, and the growing Mid-Atlantic Region.

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ISM: Manufacturing On Solid Ground For The Rest Of 2014

July 2, 2014 12:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Holcomb indicates that there aren’t any specific concerns facing manufacturing right now and that the opposite is more likely. Business volumes are stable and are getting stronger, depending upon the specific industry, but all pointing in the right direction.

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Four Manufacturing Software Applications That Support Operational Agility

June 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Greg Goodwin | Comments

When it comes to increased agility, it’s hard to argue there’s such a thing as too fast, and even small improvements in the ability to quickly ramp production up or down can translate to significant long-term bottom-line gains.        

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The Executive’s Guide To Mergers And Acquisitions

June 18, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Glessner, Senior Manager, Kalypso & Alexander Tang, Senior Consultant, Kalypso | Comments

The sound business plan, immaculate data models and clear timelines that supported the case for a merger all become theory once actual implementation begins.                            

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Rugged Computers Are More Than Just ‘Hard Shells’

June 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Comments

Even professional users of rugged laptops, tablets and smartphones, are sometimes unsure of what defines a “rugged computer” and how the various tests to validate ruggedness are carried out. A truly rugged computer is so much more than just a normal computer wrapped in a tough outer case.

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Feet First: Best Practices To Ensure Safe Flooring

June 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of general industry accidents. They cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.             

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Explosion-Proof Vacuums: An Investment In Safety

June 17, 2014 11:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

Plant explosions in recent months should serve as a reminder for industrial users to review their vacuums to ensure they are suitable in explosion-proof applications, such as those relating to combustible dust.           

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Dealing With 'Fast-Breaking' Crisis Situations In Your Plant

June 17, 2014 10:46 am | by Ray White, Vice President and General Manager, Global Solutions, International | Comments

A fast-breaking emergency is one where circumstances change both quickly and dramatically, oftentimes in as little as a few seconds or even less. Is your facility prepared for one of these events?                 

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Your Motto: Be Prepared

June 17, 2014 10:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Comments

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.               

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Chemical Recycling Across The American Heartland

June 11, 2014 11:24 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

In addition to their insight on new opportunities within the custom tolling and chemical reclamation marketplace, the technological approach embraced by ORG CHEM Group has been key to their growth and differentiation within a very competitive industry.

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When Do You Need A Multi-Carrier Parcel Solution?

June 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by Evan Puzey, CMO, Kewill | Comments

Often this is a complex decision, but it can be narrowed down to one simple question — “Do you want to be held hostage by a carrier?”                                 

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What Goes Into Good Warehouse Design

June 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Jeff Maree, Product Specialist, Eaton Filtration Online | Comments

No matter what your industry, the design of your warehouse has far-reaching ramifications for efficiency and savings. The layout should make sense, and items should be accessible at short notice.                 

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3 Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 5, 2014 3:50 pm | by Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.              

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Why Does This Tax Credit Need A Revival?

June 5, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, established back in 2000 to spur economic development in blighted communities around the U.S., actually doesn’t exist anymore. But if the story of Mölnlycke Health Care and Brunswick, Maine, means anything, it's that the tax credit is about due to be revived.

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Why You Can’t Afford To Not Integrate PLM Into Supply Chain Orchestration

June 5, 2014 10:11 am | by Hari Menon, CEO, Serus | Comments

With the increasing frequency of product recalls and production delays, it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that these have become an unfortunate but unavoidable consequence of today’s outsourcing practices. But think again: they should be unacceptable to any manufacturing executive. After all, do you want to be the next Apple or another GM footing the bill for a recall?

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