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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 6, 2014 4:24 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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Taming The Complexity And Cost Of Manufacturing Operations

November 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Ralf Suerken | 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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The Role Of Cloud-Based ERP In Reshoring Manufacturing

October 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock, CEO | Comments

A growing number of manufacturing companies are bringing their operations back to the United States and they are discovering that cloud based ERP software can help their core functions become more efficient and cost-effective, ultimately driving greater revenue.

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Why Your Manufacturing Company Is Worth More Than You Think

October 29, 2014 1:00 am | by Scott W. Sims, Senior Vice President, Allegiance Capital Corporation | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback in terms of profitability and as appealing prospects for investors. Changing economic tides, a shortage of sellers and trillions of investor dollars on the sidelines, add up to big opportunities for manufacturing businesses in the middle market today.

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Patent Reform & Its Impact On The Chemical Industry

October 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Jennifer Woodside Wojtala | Comments

Recent changes in U.S. patent law provide some helpful advances for the chemical industry; however, new challenges have also arisen for companies seeking patent protection. Among these changes, the U.S. recently transitioned to a first-to-file patent system, making it more important to act quickly in filing patent applications for inventions, ideally before any public disclosure occurs.

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5 Ways To Maximize Success With a Co-Packer

October 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Sheila Heath, Marketing Manager, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A. | Comments

From family businesses to the largest multinational brands, many manufacturers rely on co-packers as a way to enhance production efficiencies and reduce costs, allowing them to increase capacity at peak times without large investments. This short checklist can help guide brands in their search to find the right partner at the right time.

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The Challenge Of Transporting Coal Combustion Residues

October 20, 2014 1:00 am | by R. Munson, BEUMER Kansas City LLC | Comments

Many projects are contemplating the design of coal combustion residues handling systems to comply with EPA regulations and to relieve pressure on existing ash ponds. For each of these projects, one critical aspect of their feasibility is to determine how to store the CCR at the point of production and how to transport it to the new landfill.

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EPA's Climate Rule Could Reach Far Beyond Power Plants

October 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Adam Reidel | Comments

Although carefully drafted to always reference emission reductions from power plants, since the EPA does not have the legal authority under this rule to directly regulate emissions from other sources, the new rule actually provides a pathway for states to regulate other industries and facilities through their climate change plans. 

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5 Solutions For Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect

October 15, 2014 2:34 pm | by Paul Leavoy, LNS Research | Comments

The need to manage environment, health and safety performance across organizations has never been more apparent. The increased reliance on supply chains extending across the globe, the visibility afforded by online communications and the need to improve end-to-end sustainability are compelling businesses to account for EHS performance across the supply chain.

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Material Handling Industry Outlook

October 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Material Handling | Comments

Several leading industry groups shared their vision for the future of the material handling industry in a report entitled, “The U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics.” The report analyzes the challenges and opportunities facing the industry and focuses on several trends that will play a key role in the future of the material handling and logistics industries.

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3 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Josh Roffman | Comments

In today’s global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and  business growth. To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers, as they can have a significant impact on the performance and success of your business. 

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Manufacturing Set For A Strong Q4

October 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in September for the 16th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 64th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. 

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6 Ways To Encourage Warehouse Safety

October 9, 2014 1:00 am | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Comments

Maintaining a safe working environment in your warehouse is just as important as your productivity. Productivity declines when accidents disable skilled employees or damage equipment and materials. Safety as a result must be taken seriously. Here are six ways to encourage your crew to work safely.

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5 Tips To Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 7, 2014 11:32 am | by Zurich Insurance Group | Comments

Creating a basic pre-fire plan can help a manufacturing facility prevent injuries, loss of life and production downtime. That’s why Zurich North America is recognizing National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11) and recommending that factory owners take five important steps to help increase fire safety at their buildings.

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Selecting the Right Safety System For Your Application

October 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Matt Dodds, OMRON Automation and Safety | Comments

Safety is the number one responsibility of every manufacturer. The most challenging applications to ensure safety are those where personnel are required to work with potentially hazardous operations such as machining, welding, movement of a robot arm, etc. The best safety device is the one that offers maximum safety with minimum impact on machine operations at the lowest possible cost.

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