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Energy Harvesting Goes Green

May 1, 2012 3:49 pm | by Resensys

Wireless already abounds in the home, and it's also used broadly in industry to monitor processing conditions throughout plants. The applications are nearly endless.

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Industrial Manufacturers: Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 30, 2012 1:21 pm | by PwC

U.S. industrial manufacturers expect continued global economic growth in 2012, with optimism regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy continuing to rise.

Do It Right The First Time: A Dimensional Engineering Approach To Closed-Loop Quality Management

April 27, 2012 1:53 pm | by Don Jasurda, Vice President, Dimensional Control Systems

Those who use a dimensional engineering approach to closed-loop quality management have seen the value it has brought their bottom lines.

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Grainger Explains Key Places To Look For Energy Losses

April 25, 2012 5:06 pm

Many systems and pieces of equipment manifest wasted effort and energy in terms of heat. Motors, pumps, and electrical boxes generate heat and can lose energy efficiency as they begin to fail.

Global Skills Gap Leaves 10M Manufacturing Positions Unfilled

April 24, 2012 1:03 pm

Ten million manufacturing jobs worldwide cannot currently be filled due to a growing skills gap. This shortage is pervasive despite the high unemployment rate in many developed economies where companies are struggling to fill manufacturing jobs, such as highly trained workers and engineers.

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The Benefits Of Sales And Operations Planning With Integrated Part Demand Calculation

April 23, 2012 2:30 pm | by flexis

Sales and operation planning - when properly leveraging the following concepts and methods - can help companies optimize production costs and plan their demand right down to the part levels from multiple supplier tiers.

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Iron Baby Comes Alive

April 23, 2012 11:38 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development

Move over Tony Stark. This half pint has gone from a 2D viral video sensation to become a 3D marketing phenomenon.

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The War On Counterfeiting

April 20, 2012 3:23 pm | by Greg Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Authentication Solutions, JDSU

Technology has enabled the counterfeiter to become more successful, but technology can also empower brand owners, manufacturers, and consumers alike to protect themselves.

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Asset Failure: Why Risk it?

April 19, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It’s no real secret that companies that fail to store data necessary to support asset integrity management in a secure and accessible enterprise system are exposing themselves to greater enterprise risk. But what seems unclear to some manufacturing executives is how significant an issue this is, and what exactly should be done about it.

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Let There Be (LED) Light

April 17, 2012 1:33 pm

Although lighting only contributes a smaller portion to the overall energy consumption of Paulaner Brewery, it strives for reducing CO2 emission in that area and increasingly relies on the use of energy efficient LED lighting fixtures.

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Using Analytics To Gain A Competitive Edge

April 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by Lee Dittmar, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Data analytics, especially predictive analytics, offers a different opportunity to understand how and why certain factors are impacting the bottom line.

Social Media Monitoring Tools For Effective Crisis Management

April 16, 2012 4:01 pm | by Jane Jordan-Meier, Author of The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management

Social media can be used to improve intelligence gathering and situational awareness. If ignored, it can have a devastating impact on your reputation.

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What's New In Lifting Technology

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm

The ability to safely move large, heavy loads is an integral part of industrial manufacturing. When these loads cannot be moved manually, hoists and lifts can be utilized to transfer materials to a new location.

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Energy Management: More Financial Issue Than Tech Issue

April 12, 2012 1:53 pm

Many manufacturers find themselves investigating the ways in which they can address energy issues and learning about technology designed to help them achieve their energy goals. What are the relevant questions that they should be asking? Where are they falling short in their energy management strategies?

Evolution Of Emergency Notification — Part 2: Integration, Social Media & Mobile

April 10, 2012 10:36 am | by Pamela LaPine, President & CEO of HipLink Software

Social media and advanced mobile applications are among the tools companies are using for emergency notification purposes.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Continue To Rise In 2012

April 10, 2012 10:26 am

 February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $444.06 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Evolution Of Emergency Notification — Part 1: Enterprise SMS, VoIP & Onsite Systems

April 9, 2012 3:21 pm | by Pamela LaPine, President & CEO of HipLink Software

Here is a look at some of the major trends in deployment options and the expanding uses of notification software.

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Designing An Autonomous Flying Robot

April 9, 2012 3:15 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development

For the past 22 years, the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) has been held each year by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AVUSI). Teams are tasked to design and build aerial robots to complete specific missions. This year’s mission: Design and build a flying robot that is entirely autonomous.

Innovation At Work

April 6, 2012 1:33 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

After seeing a 40 percent year-over-year reduction in sales during the 2008 recession, Mity-Lite streamlined operations to successfully deliver new products while its industry shrank.

ISM Report: Manufacturing On The Rise Again

April 5, 2012 11:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 32nd consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 34th straight month.

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