Recent Articles

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm
Ralf Suerken
Not having that 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 31, 2014 3:53 pm
Abbey Hatke
Complicated packaging requirements, stringent production regulations and thin profit margins mean food manufacturers must be innovative and efficient to compete. Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborated to deliver a 10 percent increase in production capacity.
October 31, 2014 3:05 pm
Jeffrey Cohen
Factors that contribute to price growth for material handling equipment include the industrial production index, the value of construction, which depends on the level of construction activity; and equipment users’ ongoing need for higher productivity.
October 31, 2014 11:32 am
Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net
Buyers are interested in buying from distributors that are online and easy to use, so manufacturers should partner with distributors that have adopted ecommerce strategies to meet the growing demand for more mobile, digital, and automatic shopping.
October 30, 2014 11:01 am
Jolie Darrow
A renewed interest in “Buying American” seems to be approaching its greatest peak in popularity since the 1940s (amidst the frenzy of WWII). But it was only recently that we realized to what extent the “Buy American” movement has resurged in the American consciousness.
October 29, 2014 12:33 pm
Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation
For several years now, the prevailing position of manufacturing executives was to strategically locate plants across mainland China. “Offshoring,” as it was aptly labeled, was originally driven by China’s competitive advantage relative to the U.S.
October 29, 2014 10:21 am
Legion Logistics, LLC
How can small businesses keep from spending all their precious pennies on shipping? One of the most obvious choices is to avoid shipping products by truck as much as possible.                     
October 28, 2014 3:27 pm
Ron Harrison, Ph.D, Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC
Pests may try to get into your food processing facility looking for places to survive the winter. They usually go into hiding where no one can see them, which means they often go unnoticed and forgotten until emerging, looking to get back outside when spring rolls around. 
October 27, 2014 10:50 am
Vicki Bergendal
A cloud-based workforce management system can automate the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                               
October 24, 2014 1:05 pm
Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment
Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.
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