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Essential Questions on A&D Manufacturing Tech

December 23, 2014 12:09 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Comments

On Dec. 11, LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Here we'll reexamine questions from the event and give answers to a few that went unaddressed.

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

December 22, 2014 2:20 pm | by Deborah Grant, Loftware Industry Marketing Manager | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are seven solutions to help you prepare.   

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The Keystone Pipeline Debate In The New Year

December 19, 2014 3:49 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The Keystone Pipeline debate has been raging for years, but a new Senate makeup in 2015 could signal sweeping changes. On one hand, the Keystone pipeline project could greatly benefit the U.S. economy, and on the other, it could drastically harm the environment.

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Reliability Engineers: Effectiveness Depends on Leadership

December 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Michael W. Blanchard, CRE, PE, Life Cycle Engineering | Comments

Beyond acquiring the knowledge, one of the most difficult aspects of a Reliability Engineer's job is building and cultivating a reliability-centered culture. This article explores opportunities for REs to develop leadership abilities by immersing themselves into the effort to transform an organization’s culture.

Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift in Production or Just a Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 3:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations to the U.S.

Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Comments

There’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Here's what to expect in the coming year.

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Remote Monitoring Provides an Enhanced Solution For OEE

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: A facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered "World Class." However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE.

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HEPA Filters: Does Your Plant Need Them?

December 8, 2014 10:01 am | by Don Stroud, Stellar | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

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Seven Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Kaeser Compressors | Comments

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants. Focusing on your system’s needs and avoiding these seven deadly sins will keep you from needing to confess when your utility bill arrives.

Economic Crime In The Chemical Sector: Where Is It Coming From?

December 2, 2014 2:05 pm | by By Robert McCutcheon, Partner, US Industrial Products Sector Leader | Comments

The chemical sector has one of the lowest rates of economic crime, according to our 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey. And yet, 27 percent of respondents say their company has experienced some form of fraud, up from 22 percent in 2011.

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Forget The Garage, GE Research Was Born In A Barn

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Yesterday, GE added Brazil to its list of global research centers when it opened the Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro, its first R&D center in Latin America. The gleaming $500 million center has come a long way since GE’s R&D beginning more than a century ago: a barn behind the house of engineer Charles Steinmetz.

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Six Challenges Facing The Modern Manufacturer

November 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Danielle Iera, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers and processors face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns.                         

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What's Keeping Chemical CEOs Up At Night

November 10, 2014 11:53 am | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Comments

With the chemical industry back in the game, so to speak, executives can finally start to relax and enjoy the ride, right? Wrong. A new threat is looming on the horizon with the potential to seriously jeopardize projects and the progress of the industry as a whole. The issue: the limited supply of skilled labor.

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CLP: The Perfect Storm Of Compliance

November 6, 2014 2:10 pm | by Neil Gleghorn, CEO of Kallik | Comments

The chemicals sector is no stranger to radical change, but the Classification, Labeling and Packaging EU regulation, which is meant to align with GHS and REACH on June 1, 2015 introduces a whole new set of criteria for warning users of Physical (explosives, flammable gas, etc.), Health and Environmental Hazards.

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