Recent Articles

October 2, 2014 1:51 pm
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology
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 2, 2014 11:01 am
Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety
The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides guidance and recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies for typical manufacturing applications. 
September 30, 2014 4:51 pm
Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Verizon's West Coast Innovation Center in San Francisco was the setting for a unique panel discussion about how the intersection of manufacturing and technology is impacting Silicon Valley.                  
September 30, 2014 1:44 pm
Dan McGrath
Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  
September 30, 2014 10:27 am
Clay Calk
To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         
September 29, 2014 2:29 pm
Joe Alphonse
To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     
September 29, 2014 9:50 am
Adam Reidel
EPA recently released a proposed rule to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants. Although the proposed rule only requires states to limit GHG emissions from existing power plants, states may choose instead to regulate GHG emissions from a wide range of other industries and emissions sources. 
September 26, 2014 9:22 am
Adam Willwerth
Perhaps someday all motors will be built so well that there will be no more electrical bearing damage.  Until that day comes, motor repair shops will continue to replace bearings eroded by voltages induced by variable frequency drives (VFDs, commonly known as inverters).
September 25, 2014 10:03 am
William G. Sutton, President & CEO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
When business owners and managers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision.                                
September 24, 2014 2:01 pm
Steve Leavitt
If you feel stuck, even just a little bit, you’re probably behind the innovation curve. Good news, this article is for you. Because the secret to getting unstuck — or becoming more entrenched in your supply chain — is only a few clicks away. The secret is information.
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