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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

The Factory Of The Future Will Be Shaped By The Internet Of Things

August 20, 2014 12:47 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In a not-too-distant future, manufacturing will be...

How Much Do Fantasy Football And Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for...

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from...

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4 At Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.   

What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

Distributing Computing Resources Closer To The Decision Point

August 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Andy Banathy | Articles | Comments

Internal and external factors — namely plant optimization and regulation compliance — are driving plants to bring more industrial computing resources onto the plant floor.                       

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Report Shows Adoption Of M2M On The Rise

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Vodafone | News | Comments

The study finds that M2M adoption has increased by more than 80 percent globally in the last year and predicts that more than half of companies in the Americas will implement M2M by 2016.                  

Pressuring Apple For Change

August 14, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Apple Inc. announced that it is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of its products as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers. But were they bullied into the decision? 

IoT Manufacturing Insight With Intel And National Instruments

August 14, 2014 12:39 pm | by Intel | Videos | Comments

Ray Almgren, National Instruments’ vice president of marketing, and Jim Robinson, general manager of Intel’s IoT Group, explore what customers are looking for from IoT and how its implementation drives business transformation.     

Past Is Present: The History Of Remote Monitoring

August 13, 2014 11:54 am | by Spencer Cramer | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

GM Manufacturing Integrates Laser Scanning, Google Glass

August 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Autoline Network | Videos | Comments

Cathy Clegg, vice president of North American GM Manufacturing, talks to John McElroy about some of the innovative processes GM is using to improve its manufacturing operations.                  

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 11, 2014 9:19 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.

Low Carbon Manufacturing At Land Rover USA

August 4, 2014 8:12 am | by Land Rover USA | Videos | Comments

Learn how Jaguar Land Rover's low carbon engine manufacturing plant at Wolverhampton aims to use the best possible technologies to reduce environmental impacts.                         

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Connecting Internet of Everything, One Line At A Time

July 30, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chet Namboodri & Patrick Gilbert | Articles | Comments

From connected energy to more efficient hospitals to smart cities, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is producing real, transformative results. Amongst industries, manufacturing has the most potential for growth and development by connecting the unconnected.

Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 30, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to a coordinating role. In addition, it can be significantly more difficult to control user and access privileges in cloud applications.

Ocean Spray Worker Dies In Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

Smoothing The Transition To ISO 9000 With Effective File Control

July 29, 2014 11:27 am | by Greg Milliken | Articles | Comments

Moving a library of ISO compliance documents, instrument design drawings and product manuals into a cloud-based, single virtual file repository helped Bentley Instruments find a simple way to store, share and retrieve standards documents with all of its locations. 

Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                       

Steiger Tractor Manufacturing

July 24, 2014 1:09 pm | by CaseIHTube | Videos | Comments

World class tractors from a world class facility. See how Case IH Steiger Tractors are manufactured in the Fargo, North Dakota plant.                                 

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 24, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week a Shanghai television station reported that U.S.-owned meat supplier, Husi Food Co., sold expired beef and chicken to McDonald’s and KFC. As the story continues to unfold, it appears more companies have been affected and are breaking ties with Husi. But one company is vowing to stand by them.

3 Reasons To Invest In A Pick-To-Light Strategy

July 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Kevin Sosnowski | Articles | Comments

Light-directed picking has become a go-to solution for thousands of busy modern warehouses — and with good reason. Here are three ways that pick-to-light technology is an invaluable part of an efficient distribution strategy.       

Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse

July 23, 2014 9:30 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                   

5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper On Your Shop Floor

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

If you’re currently planning on implementing a Manufacturing Execution System or other applications in the Manufacturing Operations Management space, you may think you have all the shop-floor areas and situations that still use manual, paper-based processes identified, but this may not necessarily be the case.

Manufacturing Calculator Launched To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:13 pm | by Aptean | Product Releases | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.

IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

July 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction.                         

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