Recent Articles

October 10, 2014 1:00 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor
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. 
October 9, 2014 1:00 am
Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment
Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.
October 7, 2014 11:32 am
Zurich Insurance Group
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 take five important steps to help increase fire safety at their buildings.
October 6, 2014 9:28 am
Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety
Safety is the number one responsibility of every manufacturer. The most challenging applications to ensure safety are those where personnel are required to work with potentially hazardous operations such as machining, welding, movement of a robot arm, etc. The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost.
October 2, 2014 1:00 am
Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastics
American plastics manufacturing has come a long way from its humble beginnings. From the start as a revolutionary material, plastic has become irreplaceable, due, in part, to revolutionary manufacturing techniques. Plastic production has become more efficient yet highly diversified. Manufacturing techniques range from tried-and-true injection molding to cutting-edge 3D printing.
October 1, 2014 1:00 am
Leon Smith IV, Vice President, Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc.
In August 2011, the factory owned by Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., a Buffalo-area, family-owned business since 1923, went up in flames in a four-alarm chemical fire. Leon Smith IV, Vice President of Niagara Lubricant shares his top five tips for responding to a company disaster that helped the company rebuild and flourish.
September 29, 2014 1:00 am
Scott McNeill
Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned line stoppages or processing delays can result in scrap or spoilage of high cost ingredients or products. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.
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