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Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 12:29 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory.

UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 24, 2015 10:30 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of...

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off...

New York Manufacturing Grows At Slower Pace In February

February 17, 2015 9:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by...

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Fatigue Detection Technology For Workers

February 13, 2015 11:50 am | by Vinod Pathangay & Aparna Kumpatla | Articles | Comments

The cost of fatigue is of increasing concern to organizations across the globe as fatigue-related accidents and losses are extremely high.

Learn How To Utilize Your Supplier For A Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing Business Technology consults with safety expert Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, to go over common safety issues Grainger witnesses with its manufacturing customers, and how it works to help customers streamline some of these critical efforts within a manufacturing environment.

Technology On The Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Operations leaders at small and mid-sized manufacturing companies have no shortage of stress. Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor.

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Steelworkers To Expand Strike To 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 10:39 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

5 Ways The Cloud Can Improve Your Manufacturing Operations

January 30, 2015 11:12 am | by Doug Fair | Articles | Comments

There is no need to fear — transitioning to cloud-based technology is actually a huge step towards improving manufacturing operations not only at the plant level, but also throughout the entire enterprise.             

Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing And Inventory Planning

January 27, 2015 11:59 am | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels — the distributors and resellers who deliver products to end customers — has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.

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How A ‘Digital Twin’ Can Warrant Products Are Built As Designed

January 26, 2015 12:12 pm | by Dr. Michael Grieves | Articles | Comments

Much has been written about the process of transferring the digital rendered designs to the shop floor so the right product is built. The challenge is that quite often what was designed isn’t actually built.             

States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 26, 2015 11:44 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues.                      

Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 11:00 am | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

Agility — flexibility, scalability, and readiness to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls — can mean the difference between success and failure.                             

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful manufacturing business.           

Nitrogen Leak At LG Factory Kills 2, Sickens Others

January 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

Debunking The Top 4 Margin-Killing Myths Of B2B Pricing

January 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Barrett Thompson | Articles | Comments

B2B companies want to maximize their margins, improve profit performance and increase shareholder value, but few manufacturers are leveraging the power of pricing to achieve these objectives.                 

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions.                             

After Reshoring — Opportunities For Cloud ERP

December 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

Year After W.Va. Chemical Spill, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost a year after chemicals leaked into the Elk River, former Freedom Industries executives, the company itself and two other employees are facing criminal charges in the spill.                     

Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Articles | Comments

Interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation of data for digestion, interpretation and automation of strategic decisions to maximize uptime and profitability.

5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman | Articles | Comments

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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