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The NEMA Premium Labeling Scheme

September 4, 2012 11:54 am | by Rob Boteler, Nidec Motor Corporation

The original NEMA Premium labeling scheme was designed to simplify the identification and application of NEMA Premium efficient motors by end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Since its inception, the NEMA Premium mark has gained wide acceptance with motor buyers, utilities, and other specifying organizations.

To Cloud Or Not?

August 31, 2012 12:28 pm | by Don Lyman, CEO, Docassist

For a manufacturer considering a move to the cloud, it is critical to weigh customization requirements against the cloud’s affordability and ease of implementation.  It is important to note that, in the case of true cloud solutions, low customizability does not necessarily mean no customization or integration capabilities.

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2012 Design-2-Part Survey Reveals Outsourcing Trends

August 31, 2012 12:03 pm | by Design-2-Part

In the recent third annual Design-2-Part (D2P) Manufacturing Trends Survey, 42 percent of U.S. OEMs indicated that they expect to have more outsourcing projects/purchases in the next year than they had in the past twelve months. The response was a 3 percent increase over the previous year and an 11 percent increase from the 2010 survey.

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Productivity Monitoring Solution Fits Like A Glove

August 30, 2012 2:15 pm | by CAS DataLoggers

CAS DataLoggers recently provided an effective productivity monitoring solution for the Wells-Lamont Industry Group, a high-production work glove manufacturer and member of the Marmon Group of companies. Their factory in Philadelphia, Mississippi produces hand-stitched quality products from Kevlar and other materials.

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Q&A: Critical Innovation Trends And Technology

August 27, 2012 5:16 pm

Milind Lakkad recently spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology about the impact of emerging technologies and the four big innovation trends – mobile, social, big data, and cloud computing on the manufacturing world and how companies can address the new and varied technological needs within the industry.

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Operational Excellence: Customer Complaint Management

August 27, 2012 5:07 pm | by Mike Roberts, EQMS

Since customer feedback is such a vital element of closed loop quality management, the data has to come from somewhere. Consequently, in the absence of high complaint rates, market leading companies have gotten creative. There are a number of solutions to consider.

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Precise Product Movement

August 27, 2012 11:33 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

Dorner recently developed a precise product movement solution, Precision Move, for its 2200 and 3200 series belt conveyors, which are used in manufacturing and packaging processes in many industrial applications. After more than a year in development, Precision Move was conceived on the idea of using positive-drive conveyor belting to disrupt the conventional friction-drive belt conveyors.

The Advancement Of Push-To-Talk Technology

August 24, 2012 1:12 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

In the future, companies will be able to use devices that are compatible with dispatch solutions, act as extensions for ERP and shop floor automation systems, as well as feature applications that assist and enhance work order management and small-group communication.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Neutral In August

August 23, 2012 11:08 am | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $628 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 50.2, down from the July index of 51.5, reflecting ongoing industry concerns over economic, regulatory and political uncertainty.

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Simplifying Shipping With A Cloud Application

August 21, 2012 1:54 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Vornado Air, a leading manufacturer of air flow technology products, is a company that sought to grow its business in recent years. As part of that company-wide effort, the Vornado Air found it could improve efficiency, save time, and cut costs by revamping its entire shipping process. That revamp was aided by the company’s investment and deployment of Pacejet’s multi-carrier shipping and logistics technology.

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Streamlining The Innovation Lifecycle

August 21, 2012 1:36 pm | by Ken Rapp, Managing Director, Analytical, Development, Quality and Manufacturing, Accelrys

Businesses that seek to improve manufacturing and operational excellence by optimizing their investments in scientific innovation must find ways to manage it more efficiently and consistently. True productivity and quality gains will only be realized when data and processes can move bi-directionally across both upstream and downstream activities. 

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The Right Track

August 20, 2012 11:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Grainger conducted extensive research that found 40 percent of inventory on shelves is only turned one to five times per year. In addition, 50 percent or more of an organization’s inventory is “inactive” and is not used in a year’s time – yet the organization must still stock and manage these items. The bottom line is that there is a big opportunity in nearly all facilities to better manage inventory.

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Vibration Analysis: Identify, Predict, Prevent

August 20, 2012 11:30 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Industrial vibration analysis is a measurement tool used to identify, predict, and prevent failure in rotating machinery. In the world of industrial maintenance technology, many predictive maintenance methods are available, each best suited to a specific application. Yet many industry professionals stand by the information gained via vibration analysis as the best indication of machinery health.

Lights Out: Are You Ready For Lighting Legislation?

August 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Grainger provides a “Test-Your-Readiness” questionnaire, which features seven simple questions that aim to help businesses understand where they may stand on meeting the requirements of the lighting legislation. Answering “no” to any of these questions presents an opportunity for a facility to better understand the upcoming legislation. 

Survey: Electronics, High-Tech Manufacturers Should Be Optimistic

August 16, 2012 1:14 pm | by Greg Andrews, Senior Executive, Accenture

Let’s examine the state of the electronics and high-tech companies surveyed in greater detail.

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Remote Infrastructure Management For Business Continuity

August 13, 2012 2:22 pm | by John Bedrick, CMO & VP of Product Management, Opengear

Remote infrastructure management can not only aid in maintaining business continuity, but also in helping to more effectively manage resources and expenses.

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Microbrewery Finds Process Efficiency With Solar Heating

August 13, 2012 11:26 am | by Coryn Wolk, Editorial Researcher, Eneref Institute

RJ Rockers, known for producing hand-crafted, high-quality brews since 1997, is moving up in the microbrewery world.

To Maintain Or Not To Maintain Your ERP System

August 10, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Assessing the overall effectiveness and future potential of an existing ERP system is a task easier said than done.

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Using Supplier Score Cards To Improve Profitability

August 9, 2012 3:37 pm | by Shawn Dennison, CPA, CMA, Vice President of Finance, Cerro Wire

Using supplier score cards and comparison tools can inject more reason into a purchasing decision, ultimately leading to greater profitability.

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ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Hits Rough Patch

August 2, 2012 1:15 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While the overall economy experienced its 38th straight month of growth, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in July for the second consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business.

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