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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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4 Ways To Increase Manufacturing

September 22, 2014 10:00 am | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and there are many steps that can help us grow. Four of my favorite areas to look at for improvements to output are...

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Infographic: Anticipated Impact Of FSMA On Manufacturers

September 19, 2014 3:41 pm | by PMMI | Comments

Food industry stakeholders appear to be confused about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation deadlines--in particular--shifting FDA timelines. In its 2014 Food Safety & Traceability Study, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports...

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Collective Bargaining And Immigration

September 18, 2014 4:16 pm | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Comments

United States manufacturing industries have increasingly relied on the services of foreign-born employees. Though unions have historically opposed immigration, that trend has completely reversed since the turn of the century. Declining union membership and a new found perception...

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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 12:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

Every year around election season, it seems manufacturing becomes the topic du jour. Recently, U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing...

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How Materials Scientists Made The Globe Smaller

September 16, 2014 2:30 pm | by GE Report | Comments

The oil embargo of 1973 was a dark and miserable period when American towns banned Christmas lights to save electricity, billboards urged citizens to “turn off the damn lights,” and filling stations dispensed gasoline “by appointment only” to “regular customers.” But like the Sputnik launch 15 years before, the crisis forced the government and many businesses to...

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Three Top Underground Data Centers

September 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Comments

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism, and security intrusions. Underground data centers offer a number of advantages for organizations needing maximum data security. The entry points into an underground data center are easy to monitor and guard. These points could be almost invisible to the untrained eye and...

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Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 3:43 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

Chem.Info sat down with Thierry Materne, global vice president of Technology for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, to talk about the development of the world's first thermoplastic wheel, a technology that has almost limitless potential to reduce emissions and save on manufacturing costs across multiple industries. There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems...

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Marine Firm Enhances Safety, Reliability Of Its Products Using PLM Software Solutions

August 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Siemens | Comments

PaxOcean Engineering Zhoushan Co., Ltd. (PaxOcean), was established in 2006, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuok (Singapore) Limited. It provides repair, conversion, and new building services to ...        

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Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

August 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | Comments

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to ...

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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 12, 2014 1:16 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country. The floors and walls are made of reclaimed materials and ...

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and ...        

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Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 4, 2014 4:49 pm | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...

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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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