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Using Statistical Process Control To Improve Quality

March 5, 2012 1:10 pm

As part of its quality policy, Baldor instituted the methodology of Statistical Process Control (SPC) into the corporate culture with quality personnel, engineers and managers all using data to improve processes.

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The Rise Of Cloud Computing Extends To PLM

March 2, 2012 1:34 pm | by Eric Marks, President and CEO, AgilePath Corporation

The changing of corporate culture towards cloud computing and the creation of cross-functional workflows that can support PLM will hasten how products are brought to market in a faster, more cost-effective way.

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Breathe Right

March 2, 2012 1:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ), says OSHA. While this may be the case, many manufacturers require a strong business case when it comes to investing in the best available technology to truly apply IAQ best practices.

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Putting Processes To The Test

March 2, 2012 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Unifi turned to management consulting firm QualPro and its MVT process about three years ago to help address its efficiency issues and allow Unifi to accelerate the rate of which the company has been able to bring new products and new processes to the marketplace.

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Making Mobile Devices Smarter

March 1, 2012 12:56 pm | by Andrew C. Ross, Director of Wireless Operations, B&B Electronics

Tablets and smartphones have limited wired connectivity of any kind, largely relying upon wireless communications for their interaction with the rest of the world. They’re wonderful devices, but they’re not natively designed to interact with serial equipment.

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Harnessing the Risk Factors Of Facility Project Planning

February 28, 2012 2:24 pm | by Dan Vining, PMP, SSOE Group

A finger firmly on the pulse of two key project management factors – risk and schedule, at every management and reporting increment, engenders consistent attentiveness and responsive project team posture.

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Growth And Value In A Volatile World (Part 2)

February 24, 2012 4:22 pm

To understand how businesses are preparing for growth in their priority markets, PwC surveyed 1,258 CEOs based in 60 different countries and talked to a further 38 CEOs face-to-face for its15th Annual Global CEO Survey.

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Improving Compliance With A Restricted Party Screening Solution

February 24, 2012 2:24 pm | by Scott Byrnes, Vice President of Marketing, Amber Road

Given the volume of restricted party entities, coupled with the fast-paced logistics processes found in most organizations, screening a customer base manually is inefficient, and may be impossible.

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Growth And Value In A Volatile World (Part 1)

February 23, 2012 1:51 pm

To understand how businesses are preparing for growth in their priority markets, PwC surveyed 1,258 CEOs based in 60 different countries and talked to a further 38 CEOs face-to-face for its15th Annual Global CEO Survey.

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Reduce Waste And Improve Flexibility

February 17, 2012 4:03 pm

Packagers need equipment that help them respond to the challenges of reducing package waste, responding flexibly to packaging challenges and holding down labor costs.

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Plant Design Maximizes Chocolate Production

February 16, 2012 2:54 pm

Today's manufacturers can rapidly respond to the specific desires of the customers with the help of flexible production and adequate machine capacities.

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iWitness

February 14, 2012 3:26 pm | by Paula Routly

One Vermont Mac maker remembers his old boss: Steve Jobs

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 66.4% For 2011

February 13, 2012 2:31 pm

With a year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010.

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Using CNC And Remote Monitoring On Various Machine Tools

February 13, 2012 2:18 pm

Siemens Sinumerik 840D is the control of choice on turning, grinding, and turn/grind models, resulting in substantial savings for its customer and EMAG.

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Cutting Energy Consumption With LEDs

February 9, 2012 5:40 pm

Aiming to reduce energy consumption and improve visibility within the plant, one company recently replaced 114 of its 400W metal halide lighting fixtures with LEDs.

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The Advantages To Field Sequential Color Technology

February 7, 2012 12:38 pm

FSC LCD’s are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLED’s or TFT’s because they do not display video or high resolution photos. So, what good are they?

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Supply Chain Planning Is Dead — Or Is It?

February 6, 2012 2:38 pm

Companies and supply chains must have an eye to geopolitics and assess the risk/reward associated with this aspect of the world we live in. Too often we focus on how to handle the next flood or earthquake, but not the next revolution.

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Automatic Improvement: Spotlight On PLCs

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

While PLCs are not new technology, their functionality has evolved to include networking, relay control, and advanced data handling capabilities.

Start-Up Innovators Look For Traction After CES

February 2, 2012 4:58 pm | by Reuters

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month was a forum not just for big manufacturers of televisions and computers but also for small companies with innovative products to sell. In the so-called Eureka Park section of the show, several of these up-and-coming companies showed off their wares.

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4:3 vs. 16:9 Aspect Ratio: Which Monitors Are Best?

February 2, 2012 2:02 pm | by Herb Ruterschmidt, TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc.

In order to avoid video images which are stretched, chopped, squeezed, shrunk or distorted, be sure to choose a LCD monitor with a aspect ratio (4:3 or 16:9) that matches your camera or other incoming video signal.

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