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3 Tips For Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 11:41 am | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations struggle to find the right approach to protect their assets. Instead of designing protections into their systems, some manufacturers wrongly rely on their system’s complexity to keep assets hidden.       

Ford Invests In New LED Lighting For Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 10:13 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as...

Chrysler Redesigns Its Assembly Line

September 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

From automation changes in the body shop to...

10 Proactive Ways To Eliminate Distractions In The Warehouse

September 25, 2014 1:10 pm | by Jerry Matos | Articles | Comments

When it comes to working in the warehouse there are countless distractions.While not all...

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Improving Electrical Safety In The Workplace

September 24, 2014 11:18 am | by Christina Chatfield | Articles | Comments

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, accidents attributed to electrical hazards injure an average of 4,000 workers and claim 300 lives every year.                           

HP Announces Goal To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of ongoing efforts to lower its carbon footprint across all phases of its business, HP has announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.         

7 Ways To Shore Up Supply Chain Security

September 23, 2014 10:12 am | by Philip Odette | Articles | Comments

Your supply chain is the biggest source of risk in your entire operation. Unfortunately, there are many day-to-day aspects that you’ll never be able to completely control or manage.                   

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When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About it?

September 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Dr. David Michaels | Articles | Comments

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under federal OSHA jurisdiction will be required to report not only all work-related fatalities within eight hours, but also in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24.     

Over Half Of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency In 2015

September 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results.

Maglite's Commitment To American Manufacturing

September 18, 2014 12:13 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The flashlight company, started 50 years ago in South Carolina, refuses to go overseas.                                               

OSHA's Top 10 Violations For 2014 Announced

September 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                 

Top 3 Underground Data Centers In The U.S.

September 17, 2014 12:49 pm | by Natalie Lehrer | Articles | Comments

The drive to build data centers underground arises from fears about natural disasters, terrorism and security intrusions, plus they offer a number of advantages for organizations needing maximum data security.           

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GM To Add 750 Workers To Build Small Pickup Trucks

September 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Early demand is so high for General Motors' new small pickup trucks that the company is hiring more workers to build them even before one is sold to the public.                         

Mars Chocolate Site Achieves Prestigious LEED Gold Certification

September 17, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America has announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.                       

Bosch ConnectedManufacturing Summit

September 16, 2014 3:21 pm | by Bosch | Events

This complimentary, half-day event features presentations by Bosch and Verizon about how the Internet of Things impacts the manufacturing industry and how manufacturers can improve their business performance leveraging the IoT. 

Identity Management With Enterprise Service Bus Is Idealistic, But Not Reality

September 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

Identity management with the ESB is an utopian ideal. In architectural terms it is impressive, but it is not yet achievable in practice.                                 

Hundreds Of Workers On Strike At Lear Plant

September 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Charles D. Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling "fast-food-like" wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago.

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Why Synchronize Time? Three Ways It Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 11:01 am | by Dieter Pape | Articles | Comments

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

OSHA Proposes Fine For Wisconsin Plant Accident

September 12, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are proposing a $70,000 fine for a Wisconsin manufacturing plant after a machine crushed a worker's hand and partially amputated his thumb.                           

DAQRI Unveils 4D Smart Helmet For The Industrial Workforce

September 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by DAQRI | Videos | Comments

DAQRI’s executive team discusses the impetus, hardware features, software tools and use cases of the DAQRI Smart Helmet.                                     

The IoT Uplink: Making Use Of All This Data

September 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on the data that is produced and how it’s analyzed, interpreted and shared throughout a manufacturing enterprise.                          

Demystifying The Manufacturing Crystal Ball

September 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Diane Palmquist | Articles | Comments

The year 2020 seems to be the magic year for the Internet of Things when billions of devices are predicted to be wirelessly connected. One might conclude this will also be the year when “Industry 4.0” reaches its true potential.       

Google Invests In California Solar Power Plant

September 10, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet search company is providing $145 million in financing so that SunEdison can build the plant north of Los Angeles.                                 

Intel CFO Talks About Internet Of Things

September 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Intel Executive Vice President and CFO Stacy Smith talks about how Intel has been a good steward of shareholder money, having returned more than $40 billion in cash to shareholders.                   

The Importance Of Leadership And Employee Engagement In Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 1:16 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so in the future requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies — what we refer to as a continuous journey towards Operational Excellence.

Ohio Manufacturing Firm Makes $29M Expansion

September 10, 2014 9:20 am | by Dayton Daily News | News | Comments

St. Paris manufacturing firm KTH Parts Industries is making progress on a $29 million expansion and hiring that's connected to increased production at Honda.                           

Sage SMB Survey On Mobile Devices

September 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Sage North America | News | Comments

Sage North America has announced the results of the Sage SMB Survey on Mobile Devices in the manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage and construction industries.                       

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

To harness the collective intelligence of their global suppliers, partners, customers and team members, manufacturers must embrace virtual proximity to build these connected relationships, while they stabilize and grow both local and global markets.

How To Overcome The Top 5 Causes Of Project Failure

September 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Bryan Nielson | Articles | Comments

It’s a fact of life that not everything will go exactly as you’d planned. Failures large and small — from budget overruns, scope creep and missed deadlines to catastrophic technical issues — can crop up in even the most well-executed plans.   

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