Recent Articles

December 18, 2014 10:18 am
What will be the biggest trends manufacturing trends for 2015? Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation shares what he thinks is in store for the U.S. economy, manufacturing technologies, and more in 2015.
December 17, 2014 10:28 am
Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3
If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out.                               
December 16, 2014 1:45 pm
Robert Bresnahan, Larson Electronics LLC
Not only do LED lights improve efficiency and reliability, but light levels and quality are either maintained or improved over metal halide systems as well. So, to answer the question of whether or not LEDs really are that efficient, and can they really save that much money, the answer is a resounding yes.  
December 16, 2014 9:45 am
John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing
Over the past year, I’ve been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.                              
December 15, 2014 1:33 pm
Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America
A simple, but extremely effective way to increase efficiency is to use on demand color printers during label production. Increased productivity gained at this stage of manufacturing will set the base for additional efficiency to occur along the supply chain, specifically in warehouse management and shipping for both the manufacturer and the retailer.
December 15, 2014 10:03 am
Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact
If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.             
December 12, 2014 12:15 pm
Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing
Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         
December 11, 2014 1:48 pm
Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info
In a report released today, PwC US examines whether shale will continue to help drive a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing. The answer? A resounding yes.                             
December 11, 2014 10:42 am
Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation
Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. A roadmap can help determine the appropriate ISO standard for the project and how it can be applied to achieve desired safety performance.
December 10, 2014 2:25 pm
Ranga Bodla
No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing has uniquely complex processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. While some ERP vendors might suggest that it's best to conform to their ERP application's practices, in fact, the ERP software should be adaptable to the customer.
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