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Five Ways To Minimize Manufacturing Downtime

January 9, 2013 10:10 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators

If people or machines are idle, then products are not being made, which certainly affects the business’s bottom line — minimizing manufacturing downtime makes money for a company. Understanding how to communicate with and evaluate employees, providing regular equipment maintenance, increasing incentives to produce and establishing production goals are effective ways to minimize manufacturing downtime.


MAPI: Sluggish Expansion To Continue

January 9, 2013 10:04 am | by MAPI

Weak overall economic growth persisted in the third quarter of 2012, increasing by 2.7 percent, and the sluggish pace characteristic of the current expansion is likely to continue, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook (EO-115), a report that analyzes 27 major industries.

Lean Manufacturing: The Skinny on the Facts

January 8, 2013 10:28 am | by Frank Hill, Stratus Technologies

No matter how efficient the rest of your business is, if your IT isn’t running at full speed, your end-to-end operations aren’t either. Whether it’s as simple as email or as complex as MRP, today’s businesses are driven by IT. Systems running at half speed or not at all can result in missed deadlines, lost revenues and reduced customer satisfaction.


Sensing The Wireless Future

January 8, 2013 10:22 am | 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.

Getting Your Capital Acquisition Process In Gear For The New Year

January 7, 2013 10:27 am | by Sudeep Menon Global Practice Leader - Equipment, Engineering and Construction at Procurian

For decades, multi-million dollar decisions about essential equipment buys have been left to the engineering department, and while their in-depth knowledge is essential, achieving real efficiency and real savings requires something more. It requires multi-site planning. It requires deep market knowledge and global sourcing abilities. Ultimately, it requires a new way of approaching the mission of procurement.

From Innovation To Commercialization: Closing The Productivity Gap

January 7, 2013 10:21 am | by Michael Doyle, Ph.D., Director of Product Marketing and Principal Scientist, Accelrys

Today’s science-driven enterprises are increasingly challenged by a “productivity gap” that exists within the innovation-to-commercialization lifecycle. Errors that slow innovation to a halt are all too common due to disjointed processes, siloed information systems, and a lack of data visibility across the product discovery-design-test-manufacture continuum.


ISM: U.S. Manufacturing Ends On Better Note

January 4, 2013 9:49 am | by Jon Minnick

The overall economy continued to grow for the 43rd consecutive month while economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded, moving the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) back over the 50 percent mark in December, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

2012 Energy Intelligence Report

January 3, 2013 11:57 am

Find ways to save money through investing in energy efficient equipment and alternative energy solutions here! Included in this supplement are tips on the energy audit process, the Energy Incentive Guide and results of a recent survey on manufacturers' energy spending. 


Embracing Technology For Recall Preparedness

January 2, 2013 9:54 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor

Most modern companies have a detailed, yet very manual process in place for handling a recall scenario. The objective of a plan is to ensure that any suspect product is quickly removed from commerce and to help the company manage specific customer requirements as well as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines.


Control Panel Manufacturing Automation

December 21, 2012 10:57 am | by Patrick Boyer, Komax Corp.; Van Miller, Kiesling USA; and Christine Knapik, ePlan Software and Services

Today the manufacturing of control panels is traditionally a labor intensive process with few options for process automation. Most operations are done manually including engineering, laying out, punching and drilling the back panels and enclosures; cutting to length, stripping crimping and labeling the wires, installing the components and wiring the panels.


The Value Of Transforming Data Into Actionable Intelligence

December 21, 2012 10:17 am | by ABB

Today, the typical manufacturer has between 20 and 40 information systems in any given facility. Despite good intentions, these largely exist as “data islands” and, because of historical difficulty in inte-grating these islands, decisions are often based on only the most immediately relevant system, with scant regard for the overall business picture. 

Stick Packs For A Fast And Safe Packaging Process

December 20, 2012 10:39 am | by Frank Bühler, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology

The market for stick pack applications in the packaging of pharmaceutical products grows steadily.  Reasons for the rising popularity are obvious: minimal material consumption, a fast and safe packaging process, and a convincing packaging system with a small footprint.

SCADA Systems For Real Time Data

December 20, 2012 10:17 am | by Schneider Electric

A Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system uses both computer hardware and software to gather and analyze real time data, manage supervisory operation, respond to error conditions with alarms, and provide operations personnel with an interface to the system.

Increasing Productivity With Workflow

December 19, 2012 10:50 am | by Tom Troy, Director of Operators and Execution Portfolio, Invensys Operations Management

Establishing world-class, end-to-end business and manufacturing processes help manufacturers become more agile, competitive and profitable. Workflow software breaks down organizational barriers to information and unites people and systems.


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.


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. 


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. 


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


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.


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