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Group Sues Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Mark Adair | Articles | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and...

Remote Monitoring And Control With Netbiter

November 13, 2014 9:58 am | by HMS Industrial Networks | Product Releases | Comments

The Netbiter Remote Management solution from HMS Industrial Networks now allows automation...

NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut...

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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 5, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Comstock | Articles | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

Women Sue Ford For Harassment

November 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several female workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago assembly plant have filed a lawsuit against the automaker alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.                           

Taming The Complexity And Cost Of Manufacturing Operations

November 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

Not having a single picture of what’s happening on the floor — or a seamless way to connect it with processes like quoting or material planning — is one of the main reasons that being production manager at a small- or medium-sized manufacturing company is so stressful.

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Simulation Software Provides Food Manufacturer The Secret Recipe To Achieve Production Goals

October 31, 2014 11:56 am | by Abbey Hatke | Articles | Comments

Burns & McDonnell and Rockwell Automation collaborate to deliver 10 percent increase in production capacity.                                       

Do's And Don'ts Of IT/OT Collaboration

October 31, 2014 10:53 am | by Paul Brooks | Articles | Comments

Some practical guidance that can help professionals from both sides of the divide implement practices that will make life easier for their peers.                              

Museum Agrees To Purchase Rosie's Old Plant

October 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

All that's needed now to save Rosie the Riveter's old plant in Michigan is a signature or two.                                             

Inside The World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 12:07 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany, more efficient.                             

Walk, Don’t Run: A Security Framework For Midsize Organizations

October 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

Companies think their network is secure because they bought a product or service, and then they rest. You can’t rest. You need to consistently monitor and analyze your network while investing in training and security updates.        

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5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 27, 2014 12:33 pm | by Paul Leavoy | Articles | Comments

As EHS regulations and best practices become more comprehensive and expansive, we’re seeing a new imperative in managing EHS supply chain performance. No longer is it acceptable to simply manage EHS performance within your own organization.   

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 volume. After suffering a significant loss in revenue, Sichuan Swellfun CEO Jim Rice is hoping a new approach will reinvigorate the business.    

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 fears instead of being given the opportunity to address these concerns, and leverage the advantages of greater enterprise-wide connectivity.     

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 the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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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.       

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.         

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.         

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