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Right-Shorting: Finding The Best Place To Manufacture

September 15, 2014 | by Jeff Sweeney | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to one fewer job here in the US. It does not have to be a zero sum game. Experience has shown that a properly executed strategy can and should create winners on both sides.

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Preventative Maintenance Tips For Water Treatment Equipment

September 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Maree | Comments

When it comes to water treatment equipment, preventative maintenance is key — because the proper care and upkeep can make the difference between running smoothly and shutting down. Why is preventative maintenance so important? What goes into proper preventative maintenance? Click here for some tips for your water treatment equipment.

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Leadership & Employee Engagement Driving Operational Excellence

September 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Looking at the manufacturing industries as a whole, there is notable progress being made with respect to operational efficiency and profitability. Even so, the required pace of responding to marketplace demands is accelerating, and will only continue to do so, requiring manufacturing organizations to optimize their people, processes, and technologies—what we refer to as a journey towards Operational Excellence.

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The economic reports this week were mixed with several reports coming in weaker than expected.

Chemical Industry Continues To Climb

September 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

A leading economic indicator created continued to see moderated upward growth last month, with a 0.2 percent gain over July as measured on a three-month moving average. Though the pace of growth has slowed, current gains are trending up a solid 4.3 percent over this time last year, and the barometer remains at its highest level since January 2008. 

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ISM: Numbers Up On Strong Demand

September 8, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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

August 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Around the globe, industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. These initiatives all bear the same characteristics, transforming the manufacturing process from a patchwork of isolated silos to a seamless whole, integrated with the downstream and upstream production environment. There is, in fact, a close link between modern manufacturing and the advent of the Internet of Things.

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems to achieve fuel efficiency gains and emission reductions. In the past, some parts or systems were untouchable. However, today, no system is off the table when it comes to exploring potential opportunities to take out weight or to realize other improvements.

The Future Of Plastics Manufacturing In The U.S.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely continue to be a strong yet steadily changing segment of the manufacturing industry overall.

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Improving The Crash-Worthiness Of Railcars

August 25, 2014 1:00 am | by Dassault Systems | Comments

In the early 20th century, a strange spectator sport flourished in America: train crashing. They were so popular that 73 crashes (destroying 146 trains) were staged between 1896 and 1932 at state fairs. These days, engineers (not the train-drivers) who want to observe a crash can run perfectly safe, highly accurate virtual collisions on a computer screen.

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Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 21, 2014 1:00 am | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and well integrity are the primary concerns. In order to provide operators with real-time information that would help them to drill more safely and efficiently, PML began looking for a solution that would enable driller to take advantage of of the extensive data capabilities of cloud technology.

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Extreme Environments Call For Extreme Batteries

August 20, 2014 1:00 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential, which exceeds that of all other metals.

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Renewable Energy Systems On The Battlefield

August 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Warner, ECN Magazine | Comments

Unsurprisingly, the United States Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, fighter jets, small hospitals and command outposts out in the field. In recent years, the government has identified alternative energy use as a means mitigate the expense and dangers of relying solely on fossil fuels to meet the DoD’s mission. 

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Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more on

Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Tia Nowack, IMPO Magazine | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.    

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Preventing Package Printing Panic

August 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Comments

The GHS deadline is coming up fast and past implementation experience has shown that finding a solution takes longer than expected. Chem.Info sat down with Chris Cocanig, an expert who has spent the last two years working on GHS solutions, to ask him how to prevent the panic that can easily set in when a company attempts to bring their labels up to par.  

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Getting Smart With Energy Intelligence

August 11, 2014 1:00 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Comments

A variety of industry forces are driving the need among industrial companies for a comprehensive energy management system, but it’s profitability that’s ultimately motivating much of this activity. Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.

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Are Your Ideas Protected?

August 7, 2014 1:00 am | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney | Comments

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Failing to protect ideas can have negative long-term effects, especially small and midsize companies. While the process may seem daunting, it is not, and a company should not be dissuaded from protecting the ideas that it has spent precious time and resources developing.

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