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Navigating The Challenge Of Choosing ERP Software

October 14, 2014 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Finding and utilizing the right ERP system is a great way to streamline a company’s manufacturing process, minimize miscommunication and disconnect amongst your employees, and decrease the resulting errors. An ERP system puts all the data—from...

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6 Ways To Manage Product Complexity

October 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Columbus | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these...

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Digital Transformation & Tomorrow’s eBusiness Strategy For Manufacturers

October 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

I sat down for an enlightening conversation about eCommerce and the changing channels of business with Brian Strojny, the Co-founder and Director of Insite Software. Insite Software is the Minneapolis-based company behind InsiteCommerce, a B2B eCommerce platform for manufacturing, distribution, and...

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Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Wayne Kovach | Comments

The Better Plants Program recently recognized eleven manufacturers for their efforts in reducing energy consumption. The energy-efficiency based government initiative enrolls businesses that commit to reducing their energy intensity by 25 percent over a...

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EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Adam Riedel | Comments

A few months ago the EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may... 

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Cutting-Edge ERP Technologies For Your Business

October 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Small or mid-sized businesses will benefit most from an ERP system if it can be customized as much as possible and the company can take advantage of the most cutting-edge ERP technology available. Why is customization so important? Smaller organizations may...

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5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners...

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Are HMI and Mobile Devices On the Menu For Your Plant?

October 8, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Comments

You’re out to dinner on a Friday night when you spot your plant supervisor a few tables away.  He’s busily manipulating his smartphone, despite his wife’s impatient glare. Then, with a look of satisfaction, he puts down his phone and rejoins the...

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Shrinking The Skills Gap: Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:39 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Practice Group, Kronos | Comments

Today we celebrate Manufacturing (MFG) Day, during which hundreds of manufacturers throughout the U.S. and Canada are hosting open houses, plant tours and career workshops, in order to raise awareness about the excellent career opportunities in...

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ISM: Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 2, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing...

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The Intersection Of Manufacturing, Technology In Silicon Valley

October 1, 2014 1:27 pm | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Comments

Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley. Co-hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers'...

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8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 3:35 pm | by Scott McNeill | Comments

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

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EPA's Proposed Power Plant Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

September 25, 2014 4:25 pm | by Adam Reidel | Comments

EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a...

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5 Things To Know When Sharing Information In Food Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Part of the recently held Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Fall Sales Conference held in Milwaukee, WI from September 8-10, was a presentation from Kevin Ward, sales manager for Food Manufacturing--one of the leading brands in Advantage Business Media’s Manufacturing Group. Attendees included owners, presidents, and...

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Getting More Entrenched In Your Supply Chain Is A Few Clicks Away

September 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Steve Leavitt | Comments

Being stuck in the middle is often a bad thing. But what if you’re not stuck? What if, instead, you’re entrenched? An entrenched distributor, for example, would likely be in the driver’s seat, capable of straddling manufacturers and customers and calling the shots to...

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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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