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Manufacturing.Live: ERP Expert Hangout

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

While many of the debates surrounding enterprise software in the manufacturing sector have subsided, one of the most significant obstacles remains – the ERP implementation process. With concerns ranging from ...       

Reduce Lift Truck Damage To Plant

September 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steel King | News | Comments

Like busy freeways, plants and warehouses have had to squeeze more traffic into less space as the cost of real estate has risen over the years. With more product and equipment packed tighter, operating with more just-in-time logistics, the risk of...

Philips To Separate Lighting Arm Into New Company

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV says it will spin off its lighting division and the rest of its operations into two separate companies, continuing a radical reshaping of one of Europe's best-known corporations. Tuesday's announcement follows the decision in June to spin off its lighting components arm, and it...

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GM To Move Cadillac Brand HQ To NYC

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Cadillac luxury brand will move its headquarters to New York next year to get closer to those living lives of luxury. The high-end brand, which has lost sales this year as German rivals gain, also will become a separate business unit, giving it more freedom to chase global growth. "There is...

Tips For Increasing Productivity Through Employee Recognition & Rewards

September 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by Kara Simon | News | Comments

When manufacturing operations get behind and deliverables don’t meet the schedule, it impacts every internal and external department from assembly line to warehouse to transportation, and so on. Supply chains are only as good as the people in charge of keeping up with them. This means that it is just as important for...

Collective Bargaining And Immigration

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

Manufacturing.Live: Taking The Pain Out Of ERP Implementation & Expansion

September 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Epicor | Epicor | Videos | Comments

While many of the debates surrounding enterprise software in the manufacturing sector have subsided, one of the most significant obstacles remains – the ERP implementation process. With concerns ranging from production downtime to delivery delays to data loss, taking steps to ensure a smooth software integration, expansion or upgrade not only ...

The Next Industrial Revolution? How The Internet Of Things Will Transform Manufacturing

September 18, 2014 11:22 am | by Microsoft, Frost & Sullivan & ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas | Webinars

Join ThyssenKrupp, Frost & Sullivan, and Microsoft for a webcast that seeks to demystify the Internet of Things for manufacturers. Frost & Sullivan will share its latest insights on IoT in manufacturing, ThyssenKrupp will share its journey in harnessing the power of IoT, and Microsoft will discuss the elements of an IoT solution and best ways to get started on your own IoT journey.

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How Technology is making Manufacturing Profitable … Again

September 18, 2014 10:56 am | by Hitachi Solutions, Microsoft & T.D. Williamson | Webinars

Our HItachi Solutions sponsored webinar features a panel of industry experts breaking down and analyzing many of the factors driving manufacturing growth, including among other things, the wide-spread implementation of cloud computing.

Fire Damage To Veneer Mill Another Blow To Weed, CA

September 17, 2014 3:43 am | by Jeff Barnard- Associated Press | News | Comments

Besides destroying or damaging scores of homes and other structures, a fast-moving wildfire struck a blow at the economic vitals of this struggling Northern California timber town, knocking its last wood products mill offline for an undetermined amount of time. With a maintenance shed reduced to...

UAW Works To Organize Support At Mercedes-Benz Plant

September 15, 2014 5:18 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The United Automobile Workers (UAW) continues to try to organize workers at Mercedes-Benz's plant in Alabama just as the automaker is expanding the plant so it can make more than 300,000 vehicles annually...      

AZ Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 15, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flames from welding equipment sparked the explosion late Sunday afternoon, blowing out metal doors at the front of...

Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 4:31 pm | by Dieter Pape | News | Comments

It’s a challenging time to be a manufacturer — or exciting, depending on your point of view. You’re dealing with shifting customer demands, sourcing and supply chain challenges, government regulations, and more. Worrying about...  

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INVISTA Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of First Nylon Plant

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When the world’s first nylon manufacturing plant started production in Seaford in 1939, there were only a few applications for the new “miracle fiber.” As the site celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, nylon-based...    

New Backup Imperative For Manufacturers In The Digital Era

September 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | News | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include...

Atlantic Signs Agreement, Purchases 3 International Paper Coverting Facilities

September 12, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington, North Carolina, announced today a definitive agreement to purchase International Paper's three largest paperboard converting facilities in Greensboro, N.C., Hazleton, P.A., and Sturgis, M.I. Atlantic has 12 branch locations across the...

Treasury To Limit Profitability Of Overseas Shifts

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday the Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries. A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to...

Voith Upgrades Deliver Energy, Machinery Efficiency To Newark America

September 11, 2014 11:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Voith has completed an upgrade of the stock preparation at Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions (Newark America) in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, reducing production cost and boosting efficiency in the process. As a result of the upgrades, the facility can now use...

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by John Paul Williams | News | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing industry is back in the black. At least that’s the read out based on a newly released 2014 ranking of the largest U.S. public manufacturers. With domestic manufacturing revenues exceeding $6 trillion in 2013 and the Institute for Supply Chain Management reporting...

Utility Manufacturing Company Receives Gold Safety Award

September 10, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers and a leading manufacturer of dry freight vans, flatbeds, and Tautliner®curtainsided trailers is pleased to announce that its Paragould, Arkansas manufacturing plant has received...

Epicor Announces Integration Between ERP And MES

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced the integration between its Epicor Mattec manufacturing execution system (MES) and next-generation...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

Grainger Announces World's First LEED Data Center

September 9, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Grainger, the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products serving businesses and institutions, announced Thursday that its new data center in Lake Forest, Ill., is certified as the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of this type. This data center features...

Streamline Supply Chain With One-Stop Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | News | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford 6 to 8 week lead-times for fabricated metal components subcontracted to layers of vendors, each taking...

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

September 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | News | Comments

Before partnering with a contract manufacturer (CM) to continue producing your legacy products, you must ensure the contract manufacturer suits all of your manufacturing needs. Contract manufacturing companies are not all the same, and you shouldn’t partner with one for a quick solution to your OEM company’s needs. The challenge is to avoid overlooking critical factors concerning...

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