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Workforce Management In The Cloud Becomes A Competitive Advantage

October 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by Vicki Bergendal | Articles | Comments

A cloud-based workforce management system can automated the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                                

Liquor Company's American CEO Adapts To New Climate

October 22, 2014 12:40 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Chinese drank 11 billion liters of Baijiu last year, making it the most consumed spirit by...

Hackers, Downtime And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:27 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

It seems that many in manufacturing operations and IT are being tasked with quelling security...

Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within...

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Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom Or Bust?

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

3D printer maker Voxeljet said it would use IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.                     

Using Automation To Leverage Existing Assets & Accommodate Growth

October 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth.                            

OSHA Launches Dialogue On Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks Of A Future SMART Plant

October 10, 2014 3:55 pm | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

The advent of intelligent sensors and wireless technologies has paved the way for the Internet of Things (IoT) to gain wide recognition.                                 

Study Reveals The Importance Of IT In Manufacturing

October 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

New research reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications and adoption of cloud computing.

Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by GE & Accenture | News | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.           

Change: A CEO’s Job In The 21st Century

October 8, 2014 11:06 am | by Brian Kennell | Articles | Comments

Pioneering companies proactively embrace change — not on a reactionary basis or simply as inevitability, but as an opportunity to challenge the status quo and achieve greater success.                   

3 Tips For Moving Operations Management To The Cloud

October 7, 2014 1:02 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.         

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5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

Are HMI And Mobile Devices On The Menu For Your Plant?

October 6, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Pantoleano | Blogs | Comments

Consumer mobile devices are proliferating in the commercial sector. But in the industrial sector, their use has been limited to remote diagnostics and maintenance visualization in SCADA solutions — so far.             

7 Ways Hadoop Can Optimize Manufacturing Performance

October 6, 2014 12:16 pm | by Steve Wooledge | Articles | Comments

Here are seven use cases that illustrate how big data and Hadoop are being used to improve quality, optimize operations and reduce costs.                                 

Mercedes-Benz Employees Charter UAW Chapter In Alabama

October 6, 2014 9:35 am | by UAW | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International employees and the UAW  announced the formation of UAW Local 112, a new local union providing representation for workers at the MBUSI assembly plant in Vance, Ala., near Tuscaloosa.         

Beyond Lean: Adding Intelligence To Unlock The Power Of Smart Pull

October 2, 2014 4:28 pm | by Fred Thomas | Articles | Comments

Smart devices create smart production lines, enabling a significant level of manufacturing agility that makes it possible to connect customer needs with a company’s ability to deliver a product — on demand.             

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How To Select The Right Safety System For Manufacturing Applications

October 2, 2014 4:09 pm | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Articles | Comments

The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost. This article provides recommendations that will help in selecting appropriate safety device technologies.   

Advanced Robotics To Revolutionize The Manufacturing Industry

October 2, 2014 1:31 pm | by PwC US and The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

As industrial robots become smarter, faster, more affordable, and develop advanced capabilities such as sensing, dexterity, memory and trainability, industrial manufacturers across industries are looking to advanced robotics to gain a competitive business advantage.

Optimizing The Digital Factory

October 1, 2014 1:21 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

Real-time data is critical, and it positions the IoT as a significant enabler of gleaning vivid insight into real-time production performance and some really interesting new revenue opportunities.               

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 it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting quality.

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 improvements to the color booths in the paint shop, modifications were made across the plant. But the most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.          

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 distractions can be eliminated in a warehouse, they can surely be reduced to improve safety and efficiency. Here are 10 distractions to consider and address.

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.                   

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.

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