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Scheduled Testing: A Steam Leak's Worst Enemy

When dealing with steam heating systems, leaks are inevitable. By pretesting problem areas, companies can identify leaks early, saving both time and money. Is your company's boiler room abnormally warm? Is the boiler's pressure difficult to maintain? These are the tell-tale signs of a steam leak. Leaking steam means wasted energy and wasted energy means wasted money. Therefore, it stands to...

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Seamless Integration: The Key to e-CRM

Recent steps in technology have made electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, the ideal for online customer satisfaction. Essential to its achievement is the integration of customer touch points . Electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, is the proverbial light at the end of the e-commerce tunnel. Using e-CRM, the ability to relay precise, up-to-date information to and...

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Introducing the Latest in Inspection Fixture Technology

For years, metal product manufacturers have been waiting for the development of flexible inspection fixtures. Recently, several companies have come up with breakthrough designs that are changing the testing and inspection of prototypes from inception through final production. Manufacturers seeking an alternative to expensive, inflexible inspection fixtures need look no further. Several new...

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What Comes Next: A Look at Future Trends

What if you could predict today which industries are fated to flourish or fail in the 21st century? What if, a decade past, you could have imagined the impact of the Internet? And what if, five years ago, you had foreseen today's supertight labor market or soaring health-care costs? Then maybe you could hang out your shingle as a futurist and charge corporate clients or the federal government big...

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Small Biz Girds for the Gridlock

The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. From Business Week Online: Frontier -...

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Material Handling Suppliers Make it Easy to Keep You Moving -- 24/7

Whether you need bins, hoppers, filling machines, pallets or lift trucks, it's imperative that your materials can be moved, processed and delivered with little to no downtime. So, when you need it fast, consider using an online supplier -- it makes perfect sense. Whether you need replacement parts or equipment to implement modifications, ThomasRegional.com can help you find the right supplier for...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Check out which material handling industry events are headed your way. And, if you'd like to learn more about making developments in e-commerce work for your business, attend one of Thomas Regional's free upcoming seminars. ProMat 2001Organizer: Material Handling Industry of AmericaFebruary 12-15, 2001McCormick Place ComplexChicago, IL This international show will focus on productivity solutions...

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When to Tax: A Closer Look at the Internet Tax Freedom Act

Did you know that the Internet Tax Freedom Act does not implicitly prohibit an Internet sales tax? Perhaps the confusion stems from state and federal governments' lack of consensus on the Act's provisions. It may come as a surprise to many that the current U.S. moratorium on Internet taxation does not actually ban taxes on goods sold over the Internet. The Internet Tax Freedom Act, as passed by...

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A Cure for Common Cold Storage

The cold storage industry has reached a new plateau in the design of its doors. The latest cold storage technologies remedy some age-old temperature concerns. The design of affordable, temperature efficient cold storage doors has eluded engineers for decades. Only recently have significant breakthroughs been made in cold storage door technology, allowing a combination of fast cycling with...

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Moving Materials? How to Choose the Right Fixed Path

Conveyors, monorails and guided vehicles each present unique advantages to manufacturers who need to move materials along a fixed path. Which one works for your business? Manufacturers that need materials moved along fixed paths have several handling systems to choose from. Each of these has an advantage and is therefore preferred by one industrial customer over another. What follows is an...

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