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Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 | 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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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.

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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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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Process Solutions For Taking Your Products Gluten-Free

October 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar | Comments

Ingredient changes and process design solutions are much easier to engineer in a new plant than in an existing one. Plants can design dedicated process lines, separate storage areas and well-planned cleaning processes to avoid any cross-contamination issues. With gluten-free products firmly ingrained, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

October 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama seems to be at the end of his rope with it, going so far as to call it an unpatriotic practice...

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A Misused Metric Is Worse Than No Metric At All

October 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Comments

LNS Research embodies the expression “you can’t control what you don’t measure.” With that, they’ve focused a significant part of their research on identifying the “Metrics That Matter.” And one of the most interesting topics to their Global Executive Council is benchmarking and understanding how to measure performance.

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When A Worker Loses An Arm, Who Knows About It?

October 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Comments

Did you know that if you lose an eye or a limb at your current job, your employer is not required to report it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, that’s about to change.                                          

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Innovation Vertigo

October 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Andrew Rieser, President, Mountain Point | Comments

A new report praises the early adoption of technologies like cloud computing as the quickest path to business success. However, in industries like manufacturing there is still trepidation in adopting new technologies and transforming old business models. An uneasiness with the pace of change and confusion over the best path forward leads to innovation vertigo...

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as the data begins to show that plastic might not be as bad as you'd think...

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