Recent Articles

September 8, 2014 3:51 pm
American Chemistry Council
A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008. 
September 10, 2014 10:01 am
Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director
Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, there is notable progress being made with respect to operational efficiency and profitability. Even so, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so, requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what we refer to as a journey towards Operational Excellence.
September 10, 2014 1:00 am
Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions
Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Four of my favorite areas to look at for improvements to output are the materials used, the incentives used to drive up numbers, the workers outside of the factory walls, and anyone with something to share.
September 8, 2014 1:00 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.
September 4, 2014 1:00 am
Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM
To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.
September 3, 2014 1:00 am
Tom Gurd, City Technology
City Technology’s Tom Gurd, Product Marketing Manager, highlights emissions analysis application needs, trends in the global marketplace and how analyser manufacturers can benefit from the latest sensing technologies and add real-world value by enhancing measurement reliability, accuracy and reducing operational costs.
August 29, 2014 1:00 am
Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology
Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.
August 29, 2014 1:00 am
Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst, LNS Research
As asset performance has become an increasingly important aspect of manufacturing profitability, companies are rushing to adopt progressive maintenance practices. However, asset performance management is more complicated that it may seem, click here for a breakdown of APM maturity models and the importance of understanding them further.
August 28, 2014 1:00 am
Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor
There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems to achieve fuel efficiency gains and emission reductions. In the past, some parts or systems were untouchable. However, today, no system is off the table when it comes to exploring potential opportunities to take out weight or to realize other improvements.
August 27, 2014 1:00 am
Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic
The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.
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