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Improving Device Monitoring, Instrument Testing And Ongoing Maintenance

December 19, 2012 10:34 am | by HART Communication Foundation

In 2011, Shell commissioned a 100,000 barrel per day expansion to its existing 155,000 bpd capacity Scotford Upgrader. HART Communication provided a way to streamline testing and pre-configuration of devices for a safe, efficient and successful start-up.

Achieve Excellence And Make Better Decisions In 2013

December 18, 2012 10:56 am | by Mark Humphlett, Director, Infor

By automating and streamlining processes from department to department or person to person, you create a holistic, integrated decision-making environment, where you can make proactive operational decisions at every level of your business.

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Controlling And Automating A Continuous Process Industry Plant

December 18, 2012 10:40 am | by Balvinder Rai - Tajna River Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Tajna River Industries is a continuous process chemical industry that manufactures bleached lac, shellac flakes, shellac wax, and seedlac. The company wanted to improve its system by reducing inputs, manpower, power consumption, and down time. With a new system based on virtual instrumentation using LabVIEW it was able to make some accomplishments. 

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Automation & Process Controls Week

December 17, 2012 12:43 pm | 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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Enabling The Digital Plant

December 17, 2012 11:09 am | by Dan O’Brien, Global Leader, Collaborative Manufacturing, Honeywell Process Solutions

Globalization is presenting industries with myriad challenges to growth, sustainability and profitability. Vertical markets across the process industries are confronted daily with these challenges, and compete in an increasingly rigorous environment marked by tighter regulation, growing margin pressures and an aging workforce, among other issues

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Sensing The Wireless Future

December 7, 2012 2:35 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor,WDD

Wireless sensors are applicable for a variety of applications, whether it be smart cities (smart parking, smart lighting, waste management), industrial control (M2M applications, indoor air quality, temperature monitoring), eHealth (fall detection, patient surveillance, ultraviolet radiation) and many more.

The 3D Printing Revolution

December 7, 2012 2:21 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor

Yet another product has been launched successfully, via the crowdsourcing start-up site, Kickstarter. Only this product reached its goal of $100,000 in less than three hours, and it stands to usher in the next revolution of 3D printing.

Enabling The Next Generation Operator

December 7, 2012 11:31 am | by Bernard Cubizolles, PhD. GE Intelligent Platforms

Operators today have multiple hats and roles causing a need for higher efficiency and mobility for operating and controlling assets across the plant. They need real time monitoring and control on new generation tablets and smart phones, with new intelligent applications to help bring the right knowledge to operator action.

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Make The Most Of The Trade Show

December 7, 2012 11:06 am | by Vijaya Singh-Dhillon, Managing Director, ABI Marketing Public Relations

Trade shows continue to be a popular and effective way to capitalize on marketing and sales investments, as well as a successful approach for leveraging business success. With trade show participation, careful planning will allow marketers to maximize lead generation, as well as educate target audiences and recruit distributors. By following a few simple rules, any exhibitor can boost its return on investment (ROI).

It’s Storm Season: Your Best Insurance Is Agility

December 7, 2012 9:38 am | by Glen Margolis, Founder and CEO, Steelwedge

In mere minutes, last year’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan broke apart supply chains that took global companies 30 years to build. And we just experienced it again with Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 “megastorm” that shut down cities and paralyzed transportation — much of which is still not functioning.

ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Continues Sideways

December 5, 2012 9:58 am

It appears that it’s more of the same in U.S. manufacturing. While the overall economy grew for the 42nd consecutive month, economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in November following two months of modest expansion, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Forecast 2013: Manufacturing Market Outlook

December 5, 2012 9:29 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

The data suggests that manufacturing, and specifically American manufacturing, should be on the rise and retaining a slight competitive edge over most countries around the globe. However, this all seems to depend on the way in which Washington handles their monetary issues over the next couple of weeks.

Q&A: The Future Of Twinkies

December 3, 2012 5:01 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Hostess last week received court approval to liquidate its company, resulting in the termination of 18,500 employees and leaving the future of the company’s iconic brands up in the air. Food Manufacturing spoke with Jeff Lotman about the future of these brands and how the Hostess sale could affect the bakery marketplace.

Magnetic Filters To Solve Manufacturing Challenges

December 3, 2012 9:05 am | by Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI)

When a manufacturer suspects that a drilling operation could cause plugs inside a precision brake component, he knows that the resulting damage will be more costly and require far greater action than a simple phone call. That's why manufacturing engineer Jim Helpling sought an innovative solution when charged with making a new steel brake fitting that he knew would be prone to plugs caused by metal-laden coolants.

Swiss Watch-Makers' Competitive Edge

November 30, 2012 9:30 am | by Vero UK Limited

Linear guide rails developed by CNC machine-tool manufacturer Almac, ensure that Swiss watch-makers who use their ultra precise 3- to 5-axis machining centres produce a better quality component. Couple that to their long-standing use of Alphacam and it’s easy to see why Almac are a leading supplier of high precision machines for all aspects of Swiss watch production.

Clear Thinking: The Last True Competitive Advantage

November 30, 2012 9:05 am

Employing Clear Thinking process, from the C-Suite to the plant floor, is the only way to empower the capability to manage fast and well all the big issues associated with constant change through an organization, says Ray Baxter, CEO of Kepner-Tregoe, and he explains more here.

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The Importance Of Learning Styles In Training

November 28, 2012 9:47 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

I have always been interested in learning styles and how people learn. If you read the literature on this subject, there is a lot of academic research on everything  from neuro-linguistic programming to basic cognitive skills. Academics don’t seem to agree on a particular model, and appear to love writing theoretical research papers more than finding practical applications for education and training.

Report: Wide Agreement On U.S. Competitiveness

November 27, 2012 9:32 am | by Harvard Business School, SRBI and GfK

A new Harvard Business School (HBS) survey reveals serious concern about America’s competitiveness trajectory, but wide agreement between liberals and conservatives on the policy imperatives that Congress and President Obama should advance following the election.

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Moderate Growth Likely Pending ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise

November 26, 2012 5:11 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Major issues still need to be addressed, but presuming the United States gets its fiscal house in some semblance of order, the U.S. economy could be in a transition from sluggish growth to a longer period of moderate growth, according to a new report. MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 1.8 percent in 2013.

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A ‘Blueprint’ For Better Third Parties

November 26, 2012 10:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Even small manufacturers have remarkably complex supply chains, oftentimes global in nature, that need to be managed effectively and efficiently to mitigate the endless sources of risk. Hundreds or thousands of third party relationships — and even more for large manufacturers — are a necessary evil in today’s economy, thanks to the efficiency that the system brings to a manufacturer’s operations.

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