Recent Articles

November 4, 2014 10:02 am
Ralf Suerken
Not having a single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.
October 30, 2014 1:00 am
Pat Garrehy, Rootstock, CEO
A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective, ultimately driving greater revenue.
October 29, 2014 1:00 am
Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation
As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors. Changing economic tides, a shortage of sellers and trillions of investor dollars on the sidelines, add up to big opportunities for manufacturing businesses in the middle market today.
October 27, 2014 1:00 am
Jennifer Woodside Wojtala
Recent changes in U.S. patent law provide some helpful advances for the chemical industry; however, new challenges have also arisen for companies seeking patent protection. Among these changes, the U.S. recently transitioned to a first-to-file patent system, making it more important to act quickly in filing patent applications for inventions, ideally before any public disclosure occurs.
October 22, 2014 1:00 am
Sheila Heath, Marketing Manager, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A.
From family businesses to the largest multinational brands, many manufacturers rely on co-packers as a way to enhance production efficiencies and reduce costs, allowing them to increase capacity at peak times without large investments. This short checklist can help guide brands in their search to find the right partner at the right time.
October 20, 2014 1:00 am
R. Munson, BEUMER Kansas City LLC
Many projects are contemplating the design of coal combustion residues handling systems to comply with EPA regulations and to relieve pressure on existing ash ponds. For each of these projects, one critical aspect of their feasibility is to determine how to store the CCR at the point of production and how to transport it to the new landfill.
October 15, 2014 2:34 pm
Paul Leavoy, LNS Research
The need to manage environment, health and safety performance across organizations has never been more apparent. The increased reliance on supply chains extending across the globe, the visibility afforded by online communications and the need to improve end-to-end sustainability are compelling businesses to account for EHS performance across the supply chain.
October 16, 2014 1:00 am
Adam Reidel
Although carefully drafted to always reference emission reductions from power plants, since the EPA does not have the legal authority under this rule to directly regulate emissions from other sources, the new rule actually provides a pathway for states to regulate other industries and facilities through their climate change plans. 
October 15, 2014 1:00 am
Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Material Handling
Several leading industry groups shared their vision for the future of the material handling industry through 2025 in a report entitled “The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics.” The report analyzes the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and identifies and focuses on several trends that will play a key role in the future of the material handling industry and logistics industry.
October 13, 2014 2:25 pm
Josh Roffman
In today’s global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and  business growth. To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers, as they can have a significant impact on the performance and success of your business. 
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