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Upgrading The Components Side Of Material Transfer

March 20, 2013 8:53 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

That “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” certainly rings true when considering industrial conveying systems. The components side of material transfer can be the lifeline of a manufacturer, ensuring that parts get safely and efficiently from point A to point B — saving workers strenuous and expensive labor — and going where forklifts and other material handling solutions might not be able to go.

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Survive A Network Failure Without Duplicating The Network

March 20, 2013 8:47 am | by Bernie Anger, General Manager, Control and Communication Systems for GE Intelligent Platforms

Ensuring high levels of system uptime is essential for many control systems, as this drives productivity and profitability. The risk of downtime is a significant concern since it negatively impacts operational resources and the bottom line.

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Q&A: Automation Trends For Food Manufacturers

March 19, 2013 8:41 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Incorporating automated equipment into food manufacturing processes can offer a wealth of benefits. Matt Wicks of Intelligrated spoke with Food Manufacturing about how food processors can best harness automated technologies in their facilities.

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Onshoring With Automation

March 19, 2013 8:32 am | by Automation GT

Onshoring, the movement of returning outsourced manufacturing back to the U.S., first began with labor issues in China. Because of raising labor costs, companies are looking to move production back to the U.S. CEO and President of Automation GT, Simon Grant, states “we’ve seen a trend with companies wishing to be ‘reshored’. 

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Automation & Process Controls Week

March 18, 2013 9:52 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Automation & Process Controls. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations. 

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The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

March 18, 2013 9:28 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead

As the manufacturing industry moves rapidly into the virtual, paperless era, the standardized working environment for managing manufacturing operations require tools like HMI 3D visuals and flat screen monitors in control rooms and at strategic points throughout the facility.  It is becoming the norm, not the exception.

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Modular Control Buildings Bring Flexibility To Remote Processing Sites

March 18, 2013 9:18 am | by Matt Hodson, President and CEO, Principal Technology Inc.

Pressures to reduce staff levels for onsite operations coupled with the increasing sophistication and expense of automation and control equipment have led to growing trend to use modular structures to house and protect sensitive process and automation controls. 

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Why The Manufacturing Supply Chain Is Putting Revenue At Risk

March 15, 2013 8:57 am | by Michael Kerman,Director of Industry Development, Revitas

Creative sales incentives are the bread and butter of manufacturing and technology companies. Typically, the more attractive the incentives, the more shipments will be driven through the channel, and the more revenue the company will collect. But while such incentives have helped many companies grow, they also pose serious risks to revenue when managed improperly.

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Beware The Ill-Planned Innovative Rollout

March 12, 2013 4:11 pm | by Moe Glenner, President, PURELogistics

It happens repeatedly. A company adopts a new technology platform that ostensibly will ease the workload, streamline operational processes and result in overall gains in efficiency and budget spending. The intention is spot-on but the execution is decidedly less so.

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Understanding Your Liability: Shipping Lithium Battery Powered Devices

March 12, 2013 9:24 am | by Jim Powell, President, Transportation Development Group LLC

The current plight of Boeing highlights not only the safety risks, but also the commercial risks of lithium battery-powered products and devices. These days, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and primary non-rechargeable lithium batteries are everywhere. And unfortunately, they are also considered “Dangerous Goods.”

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Connecting All Aspects Of Your Supply Chain

March 12, 2013 9:10 am | by Misty Farmer Koopman, Marketing Manager, CTSI-Global

It is necessary for companies to employ the latest technology that optimizes all inbound, outbound and third-party shipping transactions with on-demand supply chain applications.  Having an end-to-end supply chain cycle is critical.  

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Better Business With Content Management Software

March 11, 2013 8:38 am | by Hyland Software

As part of its ongoing effort to improve quality, limit costs, and increase efficiency, Gallatin Steel sought to alleviate a significant document storage issue and facilitate better businesses processes through the investigation and eventual implementation of enterprise content management software.

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Prepare For Disaster (And Keep Downtime To A Minimum)

March 11, 2013 8:18 am | by Christopher Cooley, VP of Product Management, SunGard AS

Disasters come in many sizes and shapes and are often unexpected, which is why manufacturers must prepare for them, treating disaster recovery plans almost as an insurance policy. And they do happen, often at the most inconvenient times. By one count, their numbers have climbed 233 percent since 1980.

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Supply Chain Management Concerns And Solutions Part 2

March 8, 2013 8:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturers can take a segmented approach to supply chain implementations that is best suited to their business needs, budgets and time constraints. For many manufacturers, depending on the solution implemented, they can see results immediately; and begin to generate ROI and enterprise-wide value as quickly as three to four months.

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Efficient Electrical Machines

March 7, 2013 3:26 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Motors are found in a variety of industrial applications, powering everyday tools such as fans, blowers, and pumps. Energy-efficient motors, which can be two to eight percent more efficient than standard motors, owe their premium performance capabilities to new technologies and design manufacturing improvements.

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New Network Communication Technologies Enhance Motor Feedback Systems

March 5, 2013 11:44 am | by Vikram Phadke, SICK Product Specialist - Encoders

Over the past 25 years, improvements to motor feedback technology have allowed servo system manufacturers to reduce costs and provide products that are simpler, more reliable, and more accurate. New network communications technologies are now enabling the next set of breakthrough innovations in feedback device technology.

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Supply Chain Management Concerns And Solutions Part 1

March 5, 2013 11:26 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Manufacturing Business Technology talks with companies about supply chain management issues manufacturers are dealing with and implementing new platform solutions to address those concerns in this 2-part Q&A round table discussion.

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ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Continues Positive Push

March 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The PMI indicated expansion in manufacturing for the third consecutive month. This month’s reading reflects the highest PMI since June 2011, when the index registered 55.8 percent. The New Orders Index registered 57.8 percent, an increase of 4.5 percent over January’s reading of 53.3 percent, indicating growth in new orders for the second consecutive month.

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Application Overview: Wire Drawing

March 4, 2013 3:38 pm | by Will Kastner, Strategic Accounts Manager, Yaskawa America, Inc.

The process of wire drawing has in effect changed very little over the years.  It uses a combination of a die and/or a series of dies to draw wire to a selected gauge.  Drawn wire is in many applications beyond what we normally would think like electrical wire and TV cables. 

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Motors & Drives Week

March 4, 2013 10:01 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing Business Technology is devoting this week to Motors & Drives. Check here daily for articles, blogs and videos being featured this week. Hear from industry experts on how they've integrated technology, the solutions currently being offered in the industry and gain insight on making the most of your operations. 

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