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IMTS 2012 Brings Tools and Technology To Chicago

September 24, 2012 11:41 am | by IMTS

IMTS - the International Manufacturing Technology Show - is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. This year’s event ran September 10-15. Ranked among the largest trade shows in the world, total registration for the six-day 2012 event was 100,200, which is a 21.6 percent increase over 2010 — the largest show-to-show increase ever for IMTS.

The Power Of Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology

September 21, 2012 3:42 pm | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc.

Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.

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Moving Up In The World

September 21, 2012 3:26 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Technology has improved over time to ensure that most winches, hoists, and cranes serve their purpose safely. However, advanced equipment technology isn’t the complete solution, and this critical area of material handling still requires some user know-how when it comes to accurate selection and maintenance.

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Q&A: Technology And The Skilled Worker Of Tomorrow

September 20, 2012 2:30 pm | by GE Intelligent Platforms

As automation technology has emerged and developed over the years, skilled workers have been forced to adapt and refine the necessary skills to utilize and maintain various systems. According to Bernie Anger, General Manager Control and Communication System for GE Intelligent Platforms, there is a shortage of individuals with the necessary expertise.

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Organic Milk Processor Packs A Punch

September 17, 2012 1:20 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

WhiteWave Foods’ processing facility in City of Industry, Calif., is employing unique packaging systems to produce an array of organic milk, plant based beverages, coffee creamers and iced coffee to meet a broad range of consumer needs.

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Five Tips To Select The Best Asset Management Solution

September 17, 2012 11:16 am | by Wasp Barcode Technologies

Asset management is similar to inventory management, but the big difference is inventory management is about the physical goods that are in the warehouse or sold, while asset management is about the equipment and machinery used to make the product or service. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right asset management solution for you.

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Q&A: Exceeding Customers’ Expectations Throughout The Assembly Process

September 14, 2012 2:14 pm | by Product Design & Development

Saline Lectronics specializes in mid-volume, high-mix electronics PCB assemblies that require thorough process and documentation control, as well as challenging opportunities for the production team. With a strong emphasis on quality and customer service, Saline’s goal is to exceed customers’ expectations throughout the assembly process. 

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A Trip To The Genius Bar

September 12, 2012 1:48 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos

Was it ethical for me to take a half hour of a genius’s time and get a repair that probably would have cost me upwards of a hundred dollars at a non-genius shop?  Well, I look at it this way. If they really sell five thousand dollars a year of stuff from that place for every square foot in it, they seem to think they can afford to give away free software repairs in the back.

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Pricing Issues And Federal Antitrust Law

September 10, 2012 1:51 pm | by Roberta F. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Mention antitrust law to a small business (or even medium business) owner and expect to see eyes glaze over. But antitrust law is an area of law where ignorance is definitely not bliss.Antitrust laws are the “traffic laws for business”. Just like the rules of the road, antitrust law tells business what is lawful competition (“green lights”), what is unlawful competition (“red lights”), and what falls in between (“yellow lights”).

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Why Cheaper Warehouse Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

September 10, 2012 1:05 pm | by Carol Thorsen, Manager, Wynright Corporation’s Inside Sales

By limiting your search to online stores that are backed by companies with specific expertise in warehouse and industrial supplies and equipment, you’ll get more than good pricing. You’ll ensure you’re only looking at products that will stand up to your environment, and that you’ll be able to get the help and advice you need to decide between them. That’s a smarter move all the way around.

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Small, Medium-Sized Manufacturers Project Strong Second Half 2012

September 10, 2012 9:47 am | by Prime Advantage

Companies are showing more optimism about revenues for the second half of 2012 as compared to several past periods: 48 percent of respondents expect their revenues to increase in the second half of 2012 as compared to 40 percent in 2H 2011, and 36 percent in 2H 2010.

ISM: Manufacturing Activity Contracts Again

September 6, 2012 12:43 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

While overall economy grew for the 39th consecutive month in August, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in August for the third time since July 2009, according to the most recent Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Investing In Labor Pays Off With Productivity

September 4, 2012 12:12 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Keeping labor costs down has long been a preferred method for manufacturers around the globe to achieve sustained success and profitability. However, lately it seems manufacturers have found investing in efforts to raise workforce productivity to be a reasonable and desirable alternative.

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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.

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.

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