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10 Simple Warehouse Safety Hacks

Safety measures not only ensure operations such as warehousing are compliant with federal workplace laws, they engender better worker ergonomics, productivity, and less strain and fatigue. Here are inexpensive, quick-hit ways to ramp up warehouse safety. In warehousing environments, safety must be taken seriously, not only for the protection of employees and compliance with Occupational Safety...

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Product Data Management 101: Eliminating Wasted Time

One of the biggest enterprise time-wasters is the administration of CAD file information, including printing, sending, and version tracking of files. Product data management can automate or simplify most of these tasks demanded by cross-functional departments. Cloud-based PDM now enables companies to get started, scale up, or scale down cost effectively. Maybe it's time your company designers and...

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How the Internet of Things Will Turn Manufacturers Into Service Providers

The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is already providing efficiencies and cost savings by giving companies operational visibility through connected devices. But innovation experts say IoT offers a far more important chance for manufacturers to extend their reach and revenue opportunities with the equipment they produce. Glen Allmendinger, president of Harbor Research, a strategy firm based in...

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Auto Plastics' Future Is in Biomaterials and Nanotechnology

The development of automotive engineering thermoplastics will go into overdrive as fuel-efficiency regulations add to pressures for vehicle lightweighting. In another regulation-driven movement, many automakers are looking for sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics. Tomorrow's engineering polymers will need to be stronger, lighter, and more heat-resistant. The global automotive...

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Editor's Note: No Firm Left Behind

The economy is growing at a steady if not spectacular pace, supported by a solid manufacturing sector. But the economist of a business trade group says Washington policies are creating an unamenable business climate for small firms. This week, we might see federal policymakers providing some temporary help. The National Association of Manufacturers/Industry Week third-quarter survey shows the...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Industrial Production Dips on Manufacturing Slowdown

Machine Tool Demand Is Bullish for Rest of '14, '15 Small Business' Outlook Is Positive but Measured Retail Sales Rise, Ease Consumer Spending Fears U.S. industrial production unexpectedly fell in August for the first time in seven months as manufacturing output plummeted 0.4 percent from a downwardly revised 0.7 percent expansion in July due to a big cooling in auto production. The figures were...

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The Light Side: Cycle Times and Time Cycles at IMTS

Parasitic Fungus Zombifies Carpenter Ants Oivo: Charge Your iPhone Using AA Batteries The 3D Printed Key that Bumps Any Lock Attendees at the International Manufacturing Technology Show that has been taking place in Chicago all this week have witnessed an alphabet soup of methods and processes designed to improve the science and art of part making, including AM (additive manufacturing), CVD...

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10 More Questions to Ask Manufacturing Employees

Churn is also costly and highly detrimental to manufacturing businesses, since they rely on well-trained workers with operational knowledge. The cost to replace a manufacturing employee, when factoring in investment in training, is orders of magnitude above salary. Businesses must stay on top of the pulse of the workforce. [Editor's Note: This article is a continuation of Michelle Benjamin's...

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Maintenance Savings: To ERP or Not to ERP?

Maintenance-specific modules from suppliers of enterprise resource planning systems have traditionally involved costly implementation and learning curves and thus less-than-desirable ROI. Manufacturers can consider going the route of partner solutions, usually software-as-a-service, to achieve maintenance operations savings. Enterprise resource planning systems can be large and complex and a pain...

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How the Internet of Things Is Transforming the Value Chain

Companies' efforts around connected machines and the Internet of Things (IoT) are starting to achieve efficiencies and financial returns. Much greater benefits are yet to come, according to innovators in this area, who are predicting that the emerging IoT will transform business models across the value chain for manufacturers, particularly those in the business of producing equipment. Advisory...

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