Recent Articles

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm
George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc.
The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential.  Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.
April 18, 2014 8:00 am
Heather Angus-Lee
Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.
April 17, 2014 12:00 pm
Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc.
If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.
April 17, 2014 8:00 am
Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc.
While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into what the future brings for cloud computing.
April 16, 2014 12:00 pm
Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA
Electrical hazards exist because the modern workplace is filled with electricity-reliant equipment and gadgets. However, a sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.
April 16, 2014 8:00 am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
Our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II, CPA — director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services for Mueller Prost PC and a speaker at the upcoming Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.
April 15, 2014 12:00 pm
Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia
When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.
April 15, 2014 8:00 am
Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler
Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured product protection, which are essential elements of any approach to sustainability. Testing food products through the supply chain before a product arrives on the shelf can save manufacturers both time and money.
April 14, 2014 8:00 am
Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream
The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
April 14, 2014 12:00 pm
Joel Hans, Managing Editor,, @Mnet_JoelHans
Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with advanced machinery than veterans.
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