Business & Industry

Works Well with Others: Collaborative Robots Interacting on the Assembly Line

By combining human coordination and reaction speed with robotic precision, cobots are carving their own niche in the automotive industry and will soon be adopted by other industries. A common vision of the assembly line of the future is of a mechanical environment dominated by robots, with little or no room left to spare for the traditional line worker. Indeed, many companies today utilize fully...

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One-Stop Distribution: The Clear Route to a Long-Term Customer

With the emergence of e-commerce, the material handling industry has experienced an evolving customer preference for distributors that satisfy all of their needs. Making the jump to being a one-stop provider may not be easy, but ultimately it can prove to be the most financially rewarding. With the accelerating speed of business, today's material handling customers are demanding the convenience...

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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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Visa Sets Security Compliance Deadline for Online Merchants

Fueled by recent assaults on high-profile e-commerce sites, Visa has imposed a May 1, 2001 deadline for merchant compliance to new security standards. Early compliance can help your business avoid the withdrawal of the company's services. In an attempt to bolster consumer confidence in e-commerce, Visa announced that it is putting into effect a series of security standards aimed at minimizing...

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E-Business Fulfillment: Out With the Old and in With the New?

The rise of e-commerce has afforded buyers the ability to change the when, where and how they purchase. Striving to maintain current customers, web-based businesses are now being forced to evaluate both their supply-chain management and fulfillment practices. According to Forrester Research, one of the world's leading technology research firms, e-commerce is projected to grow from $657 billion in...

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Featured Industry Tradeshows/Seminars/Events

Check out which chemical and processing 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. Process Industries 2001 Spring National MeetingApril 22-26, 2001George R. Brown Convention CenterHouston, TX Join management and engineering professionals from all...

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EPA Pats Industrial Do-Gooders on the Back

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the creation of a new Performance Track Program to reward environmentally responsible companies. Do you qualify? In an effort to reward businesses that have achieved a higher environmental performance level than legally required, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instituted the National Environmental Performance Track....

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Taking Metal Coating to New Lengths

A variety of industrial consumers, including the construction, appliance and automotive industries, are discovering the advantages of the coil coating process, primarily how it unites quality and environmental safety. Manufacturers are constantly in search of production processes that offer quality and environmentally sound methods. The paint and coating industry is no exception. A new...

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Getting a Bird's Eye View of the Supply Market

What does it take for supply managers to understand today's supply market? In a nutshell: the ability to plan ahead by conducting research and communicating with suppliers in an increasingly global economy. NAPM provides an in-depth look at the necessary skills required to maintain control over supply management. In order to stay competitive in today's fast-paced global marketplace, supply...

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Click and Ship

Trusted names in the package delivery industry are taking note of the changes e-commerce has brought to their marketplace and are responding in kind. The nation's premier package delivery companies, FedEx, UPS and Airborne, are investing billions of dollars adjusting to the changes e-commerce has brought to their marketplace. Far from being stunned by the introduction of web-based purchasing, the...

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