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  • Making the Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

    IndustryWeek
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Bob Parker, IDC Manufacturing Insights There are opportunities to improve efficiencies across labor, materials and energy through the application of smart manufacturing principles. read more
  • Hands On With The Very First Mac

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    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.
  • Q4 Real GDP Revised Down, Still Beats Forecast for Continued Growth

    IndustryWeek
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Despite a strong jobs market, salaries remain stagnant. And the latest worker productivity numbers show hours worked are up, while labor productivity has remained unchanged. read more
  • Q4 Real GDP Revised Down, Still Beats Forecast for Continued Growth

    IndustryWeek
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Despite a strong jobs market, salaries remain stagnant. And the latest worker productivity numbers show hours worked are up, while labor productivity has remained unchanged. read more
  • KOSH 9009 – Kosher Certification Made Simple and Affordable

    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News
    Editorial Team
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Company: KOSH 9009 News Location: New York Published On: February 24, 2015 Social Media Pitch: KOSH 9009, a national Kosher certifying agency and Kashrut consultation firm announced today the launch of its 'Kosher Made Simple & Affordable' certification program at http://www.KOSH9009.com According to KOSH 9009 spokesperson David Cohen, the program enables qualified businesses to achieve [...]
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  • Hands On With The Very First Mac

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.
  • South Korea Renews License Of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of Seoul.
  • Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but never repaired.”
  • Is The Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.
  • Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S.
 
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    IndustryWeek

  • Q4 Real GDP Revised Down, Still Beats Forecast for Continued Growth

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Despite a strong jobs market, salaries remain stagnant. And the latest worker productivity numbers show hours worked are up, while labor productivity has remained unchanged. read more
  • Making the Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Bob Parker, IDC Manufacturing Insights There are opportunities to improve efficiencies across labor, materials and energy through the application of smart manufacturing principles. read more
  • US Steel to Shut Down Gary Works Coke Plant

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    Producing coke can be an environmental nightmare, and over the years U.S. Steel has been hit with bills for millions of dollars to do cleanup. read more
  • Apple Makes Timely Invite for Latest 'Special Event'

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    The invite gave no details on what will be announced, but the reference to time, and a clue from CEO Tim Cook during Apple’s last earnings call, means it’s likely the Apple Watch is ready for delivery read more
  • The Death of PowerPoint? Let's Sure Hope So

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You might be able to divide human progress between the pre and post PowerPoint era. Before the creation of this most hideous of “advancements”, our ancestors came together and spoke, listened, argued, cried, and laughed. First was around the warmth of a fire. Then, later, in places such as the western side of Athens near the hill of Colonus, where Plato set up his Academy; and the Roman Senate, boisterous and alive with passionate debate. In the pre-Guttenberg era, hand written manuscripts of Lucretius and Aquinas broadened the mind. The ART Of Business read more
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    IndustryWeek

  • Q4 Real GDP Revised Down, Still Beats Forecast for Continued Growth

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:18 am
    Despite a strong jobs market, salaries remain stagnant. And the latest worker productivity numbers show hours worked are up, while labor productivity has remained unchanged. read more
  • Making the Business Case for Smart Manufacturing

    27 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Bob Parker, IDC Manufacturing Insights There are opportunities to improve efficiencies across labor, materials and energy through the application of smart manufacturing principles. read more
  • US Steel to Shut Down Gary Works Coke Plant

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    Producing coke can be an environmental nightmare, and over the years U.S. Steel has been hit with bills for millions of dollars to do cleanup. read more
  • Apple Makes Timely Invite for Latest 'Special Event'

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:08 am
    The invite gave no details on what will be announced, but the reference to time, and a clue from CEO Tim Cook during Apple’s last earnings call, means it’s likely the Apple Watch is ready for delivery read more
  • The Death of PowerPoint? Let's Sure Hope So

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    You might be able to divide human progress between the pre and post PowerPoint era. Before the creation of this most hideous of “advancements”, our ancestors came together and spoke, listened, argued, cried, and laughed. First was around the warmth of a fire. Then, later, in places such as the western side of Athens near the hill of Colonus, where Plato set up his Academy; and the Roman Senate, boisterous and alive with passionate debate. In the pre-Guttenberg era, hand written manuscripts of Lucretius and Aquinas broadened the mind. The ART Of Business read more
 
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    IndustrialPR - Manufacturing & Engineering News

  • KOSH 9009 – Kosher Certification Made Simple and Affordable

    Editorial Team
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Company: KOSH 9009 News Location: New York Published On: February 24, 2015 Social Media Pitch: KOSH 9009, a national Kosher certifying agency and Kashrut consultation firm announced today the launch of its 'Kosher Made Simple & Affordable' certification program at http://www.KOSH9009.com According to KOSH 9009 spokesperson David Cohen, the program enables qualified businesses to achieve [...]
  • Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG acquires Jobst Technologies GmbH

    Editorial Team
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:07 am
    Company: Innovative Sensor Technology News Location: Las Vegas, Nevada Published On: February 6, 2015 Social Media Pitch: The Swiss sensor manufacturer, Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, acquires Freiburg im Breisgau based Jobst Technologies GmbH and strengthens its position in the market for bio and chemical sensors. Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG located in Ebnat-Kappel in [...]
  • The Plastic Factory – First Plastics Distributor To Achieve ARM 9009 Certification

    Editorial Team
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Company: The Plastic Factory News Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut Published On: January 8, 2015 Social Media Pitch: The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™), the leading independent accreditation board in the United States, announced today the approval of Bridgeport-based The Plastic Factory for ARM 9009-2013 certification. ARM 9009 is known as the nation's premium standard for [...]
  • Hand-held transmitter from E+E Elektronik now also measures CO2

    Editorial Team
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Company: E+E Elektronik GmbH News Location: Engerwitzdorf, Austria Published On: December 19, 2014 Social Media Pitch: Now available for the Omniport 30 hand-held transmitter from E+E Elektronik is a CO2 probe with a measurement range of 0…2000 / 5000 / 10,000ppm. This means that the device can be used for ambient air monitoring or for [...]
  • Laurel Wire Achieves CWOB 9009 Certification As A Woman-Owned Business

    Editorial Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    (IndustrialPR.net) – The American Board of Accredited Certifications (ABAC™), the nation's leading independent accreditation board for the quality community announced today the approval of Laurel Wire Company for CWOB 9009:2013 Certification According to ABAC™ spokeswoman Agatha Adelman, CWOB 9009 is the only certification program for women-owned businesses compliant to ISO 9001:2008 standard while also meeting [...]
 
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  • Hands On With The Very First Mac

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.
  • South Korea Renews License Of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine commissioners voted to restart the Wolsong No. 1 reactor located in Gyeongju city, 275 kilometers (170 miles) south of Seoul.
  • Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but never repaired.”
  • Is The Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.
  • Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

    bbergin
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S.
 
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    Green Manufacturing

  • Climate change and manufacturing

    20 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    Or, when you’re in a hole … stop digging The subtitle to this posting, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating it.” (from Wikipedia)China became the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter in 2006 overtaking the US due primarily to electricity generation and industrial processes. However the per capita carbon footprint of a Chinese person is still much…
  • Material flow, the butterfly effect and consumer influence

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    What is “your butterfly” up to?!Past postings have included discussions of the Ricoh Comet Circle and the circular economy as reasonable representations of several (perhaps oddly) connected elements in a more holistic view of sustainable systems as they influence green manufacturing. Connections in the context of those discussions have been about “material” interactions and movement … what comes from where, what goes where, where is “away” when something is thrown away at its end of life?Over the new year break a number of discussions came to light about the other side of the…
  • Data Schmata

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those to whom the enterprise appears as the customer. Importantly, this has to be done both external to the organization as well as inside. What does that mean? With apologies to again referring to past postings … this starts with the Google earth view of manufacturing. This was first introduced in a posting way back in 2009. It bears refreshing…
  • The Digital Revolution

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Dejå vu all over again?!The last posting started the buildup to using data (from where ever) to drive innovation, clarity and transparency, business model/economics, institutionalization, and benchmarking for industry in general and, ideally, for green manufacturing as well. This data should include information on what any specific process or system is doing, what it is consuming or emitting, what the impact per unit process output is, what is the efficiency of conversion of resources into product, what it the efficiency of the cycle, how does one system or process compare to another doing…
  • Moving to the next level

    5 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Or ... Mind the (data) gapThe interest and focus on sustainability is now more evident than ever before. Advertisements in increasing numbers trumpet some aspect of a product or a service as “sustainable”. Usually it is not but that doesn’t stop the attractiveness of using it to sell. Business has also noticed and there is increasing attention to “business plans for sustainability” and evidence that customers, if not investors, reward some businesses for trying to be sustainable. But, as mentioned last time, to is not clear if we are making any real progress.Some attribute this to…
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    Shopfloor

  • Three Facts Apologists for Foreign Mistreatment of U.S. Manufacturers Should at Least Acknowledge

    Linda Dempsey
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    There are lots of different views on trade and investment within Washington and across the country but opponents of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) continue to ignore and blatantly misstate objective and basic facts. This anti-ISDS campaign seeks to deny job creators in the United States with the basic enforcement tools needed to ensure fair treatment and a more level playing field overseas. Those who want to ignore foreign mistreatment of our nation’s manufacturers – mistreatment that harms our industries’ ability to sustain and grow U.S. jobs – should at least…
  • We Hate to Say “We Told You So…”

    Greg Bertelsen
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Last summer, the NAM released a study, conducted in partnership with NERA Economic Consulting, regarding the economic impacts of an ozone standard tightened to 60 parts per billion (ppb). We found that the rule, which at the time had not yet been proposed, would amount to the costliest rule in American history if advanced. Some critics balked at our initial analysis, asserting that more study was needed, or that review of a standard set at 60 ppb didn’t reflect the most likely outcome of the EPA’s process. We believe now, as we believed then, that information surrounding the potential…
  • FCC Makes it Official: Internet Will be Regulated

    Brian Raymond
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Today FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and two other commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a standing ovation after voting in favor to apply 1930’s era regulations to the internet. It’s doubtful any manufacturers were in the audience. The internet has become a critical tool across the manufacturing enterprise. It is used to run machines on the shop floor, it connects cars to make them safer, it allows small manufacturers to grow their business globally. Manufacturers have leveraged the internet and other technology to become the most innovative industry in the…
  • Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Slowed to a Near Crawl in February

    Chad Moutray
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity slowed to a near crawl in February, mirroring the easing we have seen in other regions. The composite index of general business conditions dropped has declined from 8 in December to 3 in January to 1 in February. The silver lining, of course, is that activity in the sector continues to expand, albeit barely, as it has now for 14 straight months. Still, the weaker headline figure was pulled lower by contracting levels of new orders (down from -8 to -10), exports (down from -7 to -13) and employment (down from zero to -4).
  • Consumer Prices Fell Once Again on Lower Gasoline Costs

    Chad Moutray
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.7 percent in February. This mirrored producer price index (PPI) data released the week before. More importantly, consumer prices have decreased 0.2 percent over the past 12 months, the first negative year-over-year pace since October 2009. Of course, this downward shift in inflation has been spurred by lower gasoline prices, which fell 18.7 percent in January alone. Indeed, the average price of regular gasoline declined from $3.639 a gallon during the week of June 23 to $1.982 a gallon the week of January 26,…
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    Lean Blog

  • Weekend Listening: Two Podcasts with Mark Graban

    Mark Graban
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Normally, I like interviewing other people, through my podcast series (and this recent blog post with a hospital leader telling her story of putting patient safety first). Sometimes, the tables get turned and I’m the one being interviewed. Check out these two recent podcasts: Gemba Academy Podcast Thanks to Ron Pereira for having me back on the show to talk this time about my November trip to Japan, my observations, and lessons learned. By the way, I’m working with Kaizen Institute again to plan another trip here in September 2015. Let me know if you’re interested in…
  • Practicing What We Preach: Kaizen for the Kaizen Cards

    Mark Graban
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I do my best to “practice what I preach” in terms of Lean and Kaizen principles and spirit. No, I don’t have tape outlines around the items on my home office desk (which would be, at best, a superficial copying of 5S practices). But, for example, I try hard not to blame. I use checklists for podcasts and webinars to help prevent errors. Joe Swartz and I listened to the “voice of the customer” and created The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen after readers told us that the full Healthcare Kaizen book was too heavy and too detailed for senior leaders to…
  • A Story About a Hospital Putting Safety First Over Patient Satisfaction

    Mark Graban
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In yesterday’s blog post (“Safety is always our top priority” – From lip service to daily practice?“), I challenged hospital leaders to back up the “happy talk” with real action and stories about putting safety first. It’s easier said than done. I wanted to share a story from Karen Kiel-Rosser, Vice President/Quality Improvement Officer at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Iowa. MGMC is a KaiNexus customer, they’ve recently received the “Gold” level recognition in the state Baldrige process, and she’s an upcoming podcast…
  • “Safety is always our top priority” – From lip service to daily practice?

    Mark Graban
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s really easy to make statements like “patient safety is our top priority.” That same statement can be applied to hospital staff, as well. Or, it should. But the “happy talk” (as Pascal Dennis calls it) isn’t always followed up by action. When a hospital executive makes the “safety is always our top priority” statement, is it REALLY true? Is that statement backed up by action and integrity or does it just sound good? The top priority comment is predictably almost always present in any news story about a medical error. Listen to Mark read the…
  • Guest Post: The Kaizen / Kata Nexus

    Michael Lombard
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Mark’s note: Today’s post is written by Michael Lombard — you can find him on Twitter or read his blog “Hospital Kaizen” here. This post introduces some topics that he’ll explore in a free webinar I’ll be hosting for KaiNexus on Thursday. Click here to learn more and register (or to view the recording). The first thing I ever did as a rookie Lean practitioner was create a Kaizen-style employee idea system. That was over ten years ago, and honestly, I had no clue what I was doing. This was before I had read Gemba Kaizen or Creating a Lean Culture,…
 
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  • The Engaging Value of Risk

    kmadmin
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    By Kevin Meyer Humans tend to abhor chaos, and love to invoke rules to supposedly create order. We like rules because they make us feel protected, aligned, and perhaps operating on a fair playing field. At the same time we dislike rules because they can protect us to the point of being smothering, align us to the point of being constraining, and fair to the point of being unfair. Regardless of perspective, there are an increasing number of them - thousands per year.  Most folks don't blink an eye. What are we doing to ourselves as a society? As organizations? Or individually as humans and…
  • The Mindful Ohno

    kmadmin
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Mindfulness has become all the rage in personal and professional leadership these days, which is good and bad. Understood and done right, it is a very powerful concept. But as with most concepts it is also often misunderstood, therefore sometimes maligned, and even misapplied. Somewhat similar to lean, which is also a powerful concept, with supporting tools that must be appropriately leveraged in conjunction with a system that includes people with brains (really!), otherwise it often fails. And is therefore sometimes maligned. Mindfulness is simply becoming aware.  Taking the time to slow…
  • Reflecting on the Intentional Routine

    kmadmin
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:35 pm
    My post a couple weeks ago on Gratitude, for Gratitude, generated a large number of responses.  Interestingly, most were private, commenting on both the nature of gratitude but especially on my daily routine.  I had detailed my regular set of activities in the morning, including meditation and the setting of three key priorities, and in the evening of reflecting on my performance with those priorities.  Many folks mentioned that they had morning and perhaps evening routines, but said they had not thought about reflection - let alone intentional reflection. My contemplation of those…
  • Gratitude, for Gratitude

    kmadmin
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    This Thanksgiving I am thankful for learning the power of being thankful.  More than ever I am convinced it is the most powerful personal and professional leadership habit. For years I have had an increasingly refined and meaningful daily routine.  Each morning I begin the day with the following: Twenty minutes of meditation in classic Zen style using the counting of breaths to slow the mind and become truly aware of the present.  This is remarkably difficult to do - it took months of practice to get to even five minutes, a reflection of how voluminous the flow of ideas and thoughts really…
  • Airbnb and Uber – From Batch to One Piece Flow

    kmadmin
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    Some of the more interesting internet-driven companies these days are the likes of Airbnb and Uber. They call themselves part of the “sharing economy.” But let’s take a look at the word “share.” From the MacMillan dictionary, share is “to allow someone to have something you own.” Is that what’s happening here? Not really. It’s not free. There is a small unit of demand in the form of a single room or a single car ride, and there’s a small unit of availability in the form of a room in a house, an apartment, an empty cab, or even someone with a car going in the same…
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    Manufacturing Transformation Blog

  • Smart-Pull Gaining Traction in Lean Manufacturing

    Gordon Benzie
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    Back in June of 2013 we introduced the concept of “Smart-Pull in Lean Manufacturing” to this blog, Manufacturing Transformation. Of course, this topic has existed for quite some time before, but as is the case with new concepts, the technology had not quite caught up with the concept. This notion is actually quite radical if you are a Lean “purist.” Adding an IT infrastructure to your Lean operations could be argued as contrary to removing waste from operations. But, the power of adding intelligence into a process such that inventory replenishment can be automatically triggered –…
  • 5 Best Practices for Choosing Global Suppliers

    Paul Reyes-Fournier
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Expanding your business to keep up with supply and demand is a good thing. As your business grows and requires more resources, it’s silly to assume you won’t need to source global vendors. But as businesspeople all over the world know, managing supply channels in a global economy has its opportunities as well as its pitfalls and, from day one, operations management must be educated on mitigating risks. Once your supply chain goes international, there are regulations, constraints and best practices that will help keep operations running smoothly everywhere. 1. Choose Wisely The…
  • How Advancements in Manufacturing Have (Positively) Impacted Safety

    Tom Reddon
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Advances in manufacturing technology and processes are having a profound impact on every phase of traditional manufacturing, including design, execution, process control, and safety measures used around the globe. These are positive advances that can produce better products while creating less waste, align the supply chain more closely with demand, and keep employees safer than they have ever been. Digital Manufacturing Advances Pure digital manufacturing involves the development of prototypes, the planning, and the customizing of production processes using virtual techniques that are…
  • Real-time Operation Optimization: A New Reality?

    James Mok
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:36 am
    Optimizing shop floor schedules has long been the Holy Grail of manufacturing. It’s so fundamental to manufacturing performance that it has been the subject of extensive academic research for at least three decades. Yet even with advancing computer technology and sophisticated scheduling algorithms, real world solutions have been hard to come by. There are several reasons for this, among them: Lack of high quality inputs – It’s hard to know precisely what’s going on in production at any given time; the GIGO adage applies here (Garbage In, Garbage Out); schedules often fail when…
  • Applying Lean Principles to Warehouse Management

    Jeff Maree
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
    Changes in manufacturing, along with globalization, are creating new challenges to those in warehouse management. Allowing stock to sit on shelves waiting for an order is no longer standard procedure. Managers are presented with many ways to operate efficiently, but may be searching for ideas on how do reduce costs. My proposal: take a few tips from the world of Lean manufacturing, and apply them to our world of warehouse management. In other words, what can we do to remove waste from people, processes and equipment, which can then translate into lower costs? Here are a few tips that might…
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    Field Service Management Tools, Tech, Mobile & Software | SmartVan

  • Are Your Sales and Marketing Teams In Tune With Field Techs?

    Marguerite McNeal
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    Most sales teams focus on closing deals and adding to their pipeline. They rely heavily on marketing programs to drive leads, but often overlook a valuable resource: intel from field service technicians. A 2014 survey from the Aberdeen Group, “After the Deal is Sealed: Should Sales Care About Service?,” found that 57 percent of best-in-class companies incentivize field technicians to identify cross-sell and up-sell opportunities for sales. “Service technicians are often in front of customers at a time of need. The intelligence, which can be gleaned from these interactions, is…
  • Have You Told Customers What You’ve Done for Them Lately?

    Patrice Eberline
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Patrice Eberline is vice president of global customer transformation at ServiceMax. Here, she explains why field service leaders shouldn’t shy away from communicating the value their organizations provide to customers.  “If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound”? While many of us may have heard this quote, few likely know where it came from — or, more to the point, how it correlates to our world of modern field service. The quote’s origin is a book written by a couple of physics experts in 1910. And its correlation to…
  • Field Service Manager or Micromanager? Adopt New Technology Without Destroying Morale

    Donald B. Stephens
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Donald B. Stephens is a 30-year senior customer service engineer with the Xerox Corporation. In this post, he discusses how field service leaders can use technology to track their technicians’ performance and location without alienating them.  A few years ago, during training for a new product, I met a technician I’ll call “Bob.” He had left one of the major shipping companies to come work for us. Our company had just introduced GPS tracking devices into our company vehicles, which was a big topic among service technicians at the training center. Bob held…
  • Portrait of Tomorrow’s Service Tech: Young, Savvy and Collaborative

    Preeti Upadhyaya
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    The field service industry has long grappled with the challenge of an aging workforce. To keep up with the next generation of field service talent, companies must adapt to younger, tech-focused workers who value mobility and collaboration. Learn about emerging field service talent at Information Age. Super Bowl Parade Draws Anger Over Snow Removal Boston residents took to Twitter this week to vent their frustrations about the city’s decision to go ahead with a parade downtown to celebrate the Patriots’ Super Bowl win. The reason behind the angst? The parade could divert snow…
  • Great Customer Service Shouldn’t Stop Once the Check Clears

    Shep Hyken
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Years ago, When I was just starting to speak and consult on customer service, my friend Dr. Larry Baker shared a concept with me: The most abused customer is the sold customer. The the word “abused” may be a bit strong, but his point was well taken. For some customers, the pre-purchase experience is better than the post-purchase experience. My belief is that the customer service starts and the experience begins the moment the customer thinks about doing business with you. Customer service isn’t something that happens after the sale — it is also how the customer is treated leading up…
 
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  • The importance of regular company meetings

    Mike Moore
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When the busy seasons hit full force, what’s one of the things to hit the bottom of the priority list? Regular company meetings. While it may seem like a great way to save time, it’s been my experience that this is something that should stay top of mind especially during the busy season because it can benefit your bottom line. Why they’re important It’s a platform for communication. With the hustle and bustle, your team will probably miss each other in passing throughout the week. Gathering everyone together in a central location in the business for an all-hands-on-deck meeting gives…
  • Q&A: Why KPIs matter to HVAC businesses

    HVAC Learning Solutions
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Don from Tallahassee, Fla. writes: Hi Dave,  I’ve heard a lot of talk about KPIs and the importance of measuring them, but I’m not exactly sure what they are and how they bring value to my HVAC business. Any suggestions? Thanks! – Don  Hi Don, Great question. First, let’s define a KPI. KPI stands for key performance indicator and it simply is an indicator as to whether or not your business is operating the way you want it to operate. Then you measure that KPI against an industry standard. In the heating and air conditioning business, there are a tremendous number of KPIs, but to…
  • Why is Lennox equipment better?

    Mike Moore
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For customers, the options are plentiful when it comes to where to purchase their heating and air conditioning products. So when a customer asks you “Why should I choose Lennox?” what do you say? With a history of building outstanding and industry-leading products that are durable, reliable, and sustainable, here are the top-five reasons to choose Lennox over the other guys. HistoryIn 1895, inventor Dave Lennox built and marketed the world’s first riveted-steel furnace and for more than a century the Lennox team has been crafting and selling the top of the line HVAC products to…
  • A day in the life of a Comfort Advisor

    Mike Moore
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There are lots of myths in the HVAC industry but some of the most prominent ones are focused around the day-to-day operations of Comfort Advisors. To debunk some of these fables I reached out to Joe Jones, region business manager, brand management at Lennox Industries. M: Joe, what are some of the responsibilities of a Comfort Advisor? J: Sales is the bloodline of the business; it’s what puts life into it. So Comfort Advisors are responsible for bring life back to the business. Sometimes great companies fail at the sales side of things, and consequently the business fails. If you think…
  • A checklist for better customer service

    Mike Moore
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Did you just track mud in on your shoes? Leave a trail of dust or insulation in the customer’s home? Use this whole-home checklist to guarantee you treat the customer’s home like you would your own (or better!)   Before you leave the dealership Do a little pre-call planning. Check your inventory — do you have everything you need to handle this call? Do you have all the necessary forms and paperwork? How about business cards? Is your technology charged and ready to go? Before you get to the front door Look your best: Do a quick check of your uniform and your personal hygiene.
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    CNCCookbook

  • We’ve Been Chock-a-Block Busy This Past Week at CNCCookbook on Cool Stuff for You!

    Bob Warfield
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    We’ve been chock-a-block busy this past week at CNCCookbook, so I haven’t had much time to write many blog articles.  I apologize for that, but I’ll be back at it with more articles very shortly. What I’ve been working on may be of some interest, it’s a new approach to helping folks get up to speed with our products faster and easier.  I call it “Bubble Tips.”  Like so many things, it’s easier for me to show you than to explain it in words, so let me put forward a little demo of Bubble Tips:   We’ll launch Bubble Tips in G-Wizard…
  • Cellular Manufacturing: Lean Manufacturing Principles, Part 10

    Bob Warfield
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    This is Part 10 of our series on Lean Manufacturing Principles. Cellular Manufacturing is a particular model for workplace design that is an important part of Lean Manufacturing. Many times, shops are organized around particular tasks–all the milling machines are in a department or area, all the lathes are in a department or area, all assembly is in one place, and so on.  The larger the shop, the more opportunity for waste as a part has to visit these departments which are increasingly far from one another and communicate less and less well with each other the larger they get. By…
  • Your Secret Productivity Booster: Conversational CNC

    Bob Warfield
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    NYCCNC has a great video out showing off the Conversational CNC capabilities of the Tormach Lathe and it’s Path Pilot controller: Take a few minutes and let John from NYCCNC show you how easy it is to make a part with Conversational CNC.  He’s able to go through a series of steps including Turning, Facing, Threading, and Grooving to produce his part in a very short time without needing more than a rough hand-drawn sketch and no CADCAM.  This is exactly the kind of part where if you don’t have Conversational CNC, you’re probably going to make it on your manual lathe…
  • Our Sale Ends Saturday: Just a Few Days Left to Save!

    Bob Warfield
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    The sale ends Saturday, February 21, because all good things do come to an end.  Sorry! While the sale lasts, you get 15% off on all orders over $100.  The discount will be taken right in the Shopping Cart, so be sure to click through to see your savings. There’s lots of great deals out there with this discount.  Now is the time to go ahead and purchase that G-Wizard package you’ve been thinking about, or maybe it’s time to add on to your existing subscription while the savings are here. Here are just a few examples of our 15% off deals: –  Get a 3 year subscription to GW…
  • Using Work Offsets in G-Wizard Editor (New Features)

    Bob Warfield
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Work Offsets are an incredibly useful feature in G-Code.  They let you run the same g-code at different places on your machine.  So for example, you have g-code for a part but you want to lay 6 parts out on a 3 x 2 grid.  Assign a work offset to the part zero of each of the 6 positions and it becomes very easy to use the same g-code for each part. G-Wizard Editor has always been good with Work Offsets, but the latest edition (version 1.8 can be downloaded here) has even more conveniences. Work Offset Hints The Hints feature in G-Wizard Editor tells you what a line (what’s officially…
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    L&S Electric

  • Under Siege, Correct Lubrication is Critical for Equipment

    David Manney
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Just as contamination and misalignment lead to an electric motor failure, there are many ways not following proper lubrication schedules – or even using the wrong type of … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Vibration leads to trouble: when your bearings fail

    David Manney
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    As you know, electric motors are designed to work in a variety of elements for extended periods of time.  When they fail, over half the time it’s because of the bearings. Once the bearings … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Product Spotlight: Solcon USA HRVS-DN Soft Starters

    David Manney
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Introducing HRVS-DN Soft Starters from Solcon USA. Setting a New Standard of Soft Starters The HRVS-DN is the latest generation, … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Prevent thermal damage to the windings of your electric motor

    David Manney
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Providing winding protection against excessive temperatures helps to extend the life of the motor. Excessive winding temperature can permanently damage the winding, greatly reducing winding life (refer … [visit site to read more] Visit Watts New | L&S Electric
  • Need to ID an electric motor? Read the nameplate

    David Manney
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Shakespeare wrote that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” While that’s true for a human being, a nameplate is pretty much the same thing to an electric motor.
 
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    HEAVY DUTY INSIGHT

  • How to Make a Name for Yourself

    cbpower
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Naming a business is as much of an art as it is a science, but there are a few guidelines to consider when dreaming up your next big venture. Find out what they are...
  • How to File For a U.S. Patent

    cbpower
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Invent a gadget that will change the world? Before you do anything rash, you'll want to read this primer on filing for a U.S. Patent. Read more.
  • Four Ocean Power Technologies of the Future

    cbpower
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Humanity must "use the force" of the oceans to meet tomorrow's global energy demands. Here are the four most promising ocean power technologies.
  • Choosing New Office Space? 5 Things to Consider

    cbpower
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    If you're thinking of moving into a new office space, don't take any chances. Be sure you've got these five things covered. Find out what they are.
  • Business Strategy: Blue Ocean vs Red Ocean

    cbpower
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:56 pm
    There are really only two kinds of markets, Blue Ocean and Red Ocean. Find out what they are and which one is better for your business. Read more.
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    Siemens PLM Software Blog

  • How to manage today’s complex automotive PLM processes

    Abhijit Dastidar
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    In the automotive industry, innovations driven by safety, fuel economy and connectivity requirements are driving most of the value added content in a modern car. In fact, new component cost required to meet the fuel-economy regulations will be almost 16 times more compared to the last decade. How to introduce new lightweight materials and components is a major vehicle program challenge. The advantage will go to automakers that integrate lightweighting as part of the design process. In addition, innovations in this industry are increasingly driven by software and electronics. The amount of…
  • Framing the Problem

    John Whetstone
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    In my last blog, I proposed that we can always make smart decisions by focusing on the process and not the outcome. After all, the process you use to make your decision is controllable while the outcome is not. By committing to using a smart decision process, our decisions will have a much higher chance of a favorable outcome over time. So, what constitutes a “smart” decision process? Seven basic steps… Frame the problem to be solved Determine what’s important to the solution (i.e. establish criteria) Rank the criteria so that you understand their relative importance Determine…
  • Experience Siemens’ New Tablet App – Manufacturing 360

    Stephanie Aldrete
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Siemens PLM Software has launched, Manufacturing 360, an engaging tablet app designed to let viewers explore the world of digital manufacturing while we explain how Siemens part and assembly manufacturing solutions enable more efficient and nimble operations. Consider Manufacturing 360 as a gateway to all the latest information with access to our video demonstrations, case studies, blog posts, and tech tips by experts Manufacturing 360 covers the solutions you are looking for, such as: Assembly Manufacturing Optimize manufacturing productivity with assembly process planning Achieve lean…
  • Mobility expanding to CAD designers

    David Chadwick
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:50 am
    Mobile devices have been used for many years in manufacturing industry and have been used for a wide variety of applications. Recent research by IHS Technology (summarized in the attached infographic) shows that mobile applications in use today include email, collecting data, controlling equipment, accessing manuals, visualization, and scheduling. IHS concluded from this survey that manufacturers are using mobile devices and applications quite widely, but they are not taking advantage of some of the more advanced applications that are now available. In a recent blog we discussed some new…
  • Next Generation Manufacturing: Production Systems that Think

    Stephanie Aldrete
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:37 am
    Robert Meshel, Senior Strategist, Digital Factory, Manufacturing Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. By Zvi Feuer, Senior Vice President, Digital Factory, Manufacturing Engineering, Siemens PLM Software, and Next generation manufacturing is all about production systems that can think for themselves, much like self-driving cars… Do you remember how you felt when you first heard about Google’s self-driving car? If you’re like us your reactions probably evolved from: “Interesting,” to “Well, if anyone can do it, it’s Google,” to “This is really going to happen, and…
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    Goldin Peiser & Peiser, LLP

  • Minimizing Supply Chain Exposure to Extreme Weather & Natural Disasters

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Extreme weather is an unpredictable, yet a reoccurring possibility for business owners. Weather and climate-related disasters have caused $2.4 trillion in economic losses and nearly 2 million deaths globally since 1971, according to…Read More
  • Fatigue Detection Technology

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Today’s workers are stepping up to industry demands by working longer hours, often times without taking adequate rest and relaxation. This puts workers at risk of getting fatigued on the clock, which can cause impairment to their…Read More
  • The Supply Chain – Key Performance Indicators

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    In the manufacturing industry, assessing performance and efficiency can be a complex task. Taking a look at the supply chain specifically, and measuring overall performance can be broken down to a few key questions.   Is the…Read More
  • Keeping the Manufacturing Industry Strong

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:02 pm
    China and other countries are currently facing challenges to their once thriving manufacturing sector, and all signs in the US are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a “rising star” in the world market. This boom can be…Read More
  • Manufacturing: Decentralized or Centralized?

    30 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In today’s highly competitive global market, the need to provide highly customized products is causing companies to rethink their manufacturing strategies. Decentralized companies have multiple facilities that cover large areas,…Read More
 
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    Charles Day (Steels) Ltd

  • Advantages of Water Jet Profiling

    Jamie Courtnell
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    Since we installed our first flatbed water jet cutting machine almost a decade ago, we’ve seen the popularity of this cutting method grow considerably. With plans to grow our water jet cutting services during 2015, we thought we could take this opportunity to look at just why water jet cutting is so popular and what... Read more » The post Advantages of Water Jet Profiling appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • We’ve Invested a Further £1m Into Our Laser Cutting Facilities

    Jamie Courtnell
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    We’re proud to announce that we have invested in two brand new, high powered CNC laser cutting machines from Bystronic UK, a clear sign of our ongoing commitment to remain at the forefront of the laser profiling industry. After the extraordinary success of our previous two Bystronic 3kW Bysprint Fibre 3015 and 6kW Byspeed Pro... Read more » The post We’ve Invested a Further £1m Into Our Laser Cutting Facilities appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • Cutting Reflective Metals – Overcoming Issues with Laser Cutting

    Jamie Courtnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Cutting non-ferrous and highly reflective materials using CO2 laser technology has always been a tricky operation. Due to the potential issues that can arise, many profiling companies has often shied away from using lasers to cut these reflective metals. This article aims to highlight why laser cutting reflective metals is so tricky, why other cutting... Read more » The post Cutting Reflective Metals – Overcoming Issues with Laser Cutting appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • Making Noise With VK Drums – Laser Cut Drum Parts

    Jamie Courtnell
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Charles Day, a leading Sheffield based laser cutting and profiling firm, was recently commissioned by bespoke hand-built drum manufacturer VK Drums to laser cut a range of drum parts including Stainless Steel drum hoops, mounts and lugs plus many more. Priding themselves on their attention to detail and the quality of the materials going into... Read more » The post Making Noise With VK Drums – Laser Cut Drum Parts appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
  • Laser cutting tube and plate for Sheffield Bishop

    Peter Sanderson
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    Back in October 2013 one of our customers Stefan Tooke was commissioned to make a new crosier for the Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft. A crosier is a ceremonial staff used by the Bishop, the Bishops current crosier is over 100 years old and is not allowed to leave Sheffield cathedral. Not only will the... Read more » The post Laser cutting tube and plate for Sheffield Bishop appeared first on Charles Day (Steels) Ltd.
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    blog.lnsresearch.com

  • Finding the Right Asset Performance Management Solution

    Dan Miklovic
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    Asset performance management (APM) is a broad area in that it deals with ensuring all assets a business uses in the actual production of its goods or uses to produce a service, such as in a transportation company, are operating optimally. Follow @Dan_LNSResearch The scope of APM ranges from on-machine sensing for performance diagnostics to the management of the maintenance workforce and spare parts, with applications like computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM) applications. It can include tools to optimize the spare parts inventory, predictive…
  • Is Mobility the New Norm in EHS Management?

    Paul Leavoy
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    A scant decade ago, when dedicated, cloud-based environment, health and safety (EHS) offerings were starting to become mainstream, ‘mobility,’ as it were, was in its comparative infancy. Tablets were still a number of years off, smartphones as we know them today were only beginning to take shape, and Blackberry was the talk of the town. Follow @PaulLeavoy Businesses that adopted enterprise mobile solutions were primarily concerned with benefits associated with the immediacy of communication offered by these devices and the connectivity that went along with them. Employers achieved an…
  • Fighting Traffic with Big Data and Why You Need EHS Software [ROUNDUP]

    Greg Goodwin
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    This week's roundup discusses quality, maintenance, environment, health, and safety management, and big data. If you think an article should be included in the weekly roundup, email info@lnsresearch.com. Big Data Startups Fight Urban Gridlock The biggest headlines in the transportation technology market today tend to be around "ridesharing" services and the future of self-driving cars, but a number of startup companies are focusing less on the particular vessels, and more on the spaces in between. Miovision Technologies and Urban Engines are leveraging Big Data technology to feed…
  • Oracle Value Chain Summit Highlights Need for IT and Business Transformation

    Matthew Littlefield
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    On January 26-28, I had the opportunity to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit (VCS) in San Jose, CA. The theme of the event was “Enabling Agents of Change.” Over 2,500 Value Chain experts representing more than 425 companies from 31 countries attended this year's VCS, and the attendees had the chance to hear from thought leaders, practitioners, and executives on a range of business and technology topics across engineering, product development, manufacturing, maintenance, quality management, and more. Follow @m_littlefield The Value Chain Summit was especially interesting to LNS Research…
  • The Benefits of Audit Management in EQMS [Part 1]

    Rob Harrison
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    Audit management is an area where enterprise quality management software (EQMS) has a solid history in harmonizing direct and indirect processes, and providing a strong ROI. Some might argue that audit management should take priority over other processes given that it has a correlation with performance, something we will discuss below. Follow @RobH_LNS Technology is no match for the critical, investigative thinking and layers of experience a skilled auditor brings to an organization, but that isn’t the goal of audit management. Its purpose is to eradicate inefficiencies, reveal, retain, and…
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    I.B.I.S., Inc. » Blog

  • Increase Vendor Rebates By 15% With Audit Trails

    Brent Grover
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    According to the dictionary, one definition of rebate is “an amount of money returned to a buyer who has paid too much for something”. For many distributors, supplier rebates have been growing as a percentage of purchases. Reasons include the expansion of buying/marketing group rebate programs and a trend toward sheltered income strategies by suppliers. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of supplier rebate income. For many distributors, rebates from vendors comprise the lion’s share of total profit. For example, rebates averaging 2-3% of purchases may actually be all of, or…
  • An Introduction to Self Service Portals within Dynamics AX 2012

    Murray Fife
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The self-service portals within Dynamics AX are great features to take advantage of in order to help you collaborate more with your Vendors, and also to allow Customers to take care of a lot of the administrative queries that they would usually have your customer service group answer.  They are made even more appealing because of two other features.  The first is that there are no additional licenses required in order to give the customers and vendors access to the portals because they are free, and also because the self-service portals are included within the base software install kit for…
  • How will re-shoring affect your supply chain and when does it make financial sense?

    Dominic Telaro
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:10 am
    This topic is one of the major topics in our industry today – all firms have a supply chain and all firms are working on minimizing their costs, maximizing their profits and, very importantly, reducing the complexity and length of their supply chain. A few years back there was a rush to offshore that was all the rage. Most companies added offshore partners to their supply chain links. The value proposition was obvious – overall lower costs across their operations. After using offshore suppliers for many years some issues have risen to the top and are now affecting the efficacy of our…
  • Digital Advantages for Distributors

    Brent Grover
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Mark Dancer, author of the NAW book Becoming A Digital Distributor, moderated a panel discussion called Digital Advantage at NAW’s recent annual conference in Washington. The panelists were executives from two mega distributors, Motion Industries ($600 million digital sales annually) and Performance Food Group ($5.5 million digital sales per day). The digital buzzwords are confusing. Questions: Are distributors just “chasing shiny objects” when shopping for digital tools? Or are their digital advantages for distributors? What is a ‘smart’ digital strategy? The question that jumps…
  • Modern Manufacturing Series: Managing Change

    Shelby Barnes
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    Nothing ever stays the same, and one key to long term success in manufacturing (or any other business, for that matter) is the ability to anticipate, recognize and manage change. Change can and does come in many forms, the most obvious of which are changes in markets (demand), changes in the supply chain (availability or cost of materials, reliability and lead time of suppliers, supply chain disruptions and risks, and technology changes that affect products, processes and markets. Some kinds of change are predictable – product cycles and fashion trends, for example – and can often be…
 
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    MetalMiner

  • China’s Lunar New Year Week: Happy Year of the Scapegoat

    Jeff Yoders
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    China's economy expanded at its worst pace in 24 years last year (7.4%). It's been a rough 18 months for our friends in Beijing. They were happy to take the last week off and say goodbye to the year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • India Wants More Solar Power But Red Tape is Holding the Industry Back

    Sohrab Darabshaw
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    India wants more solar power. On Feb 25, in pursuance of its stated goals, the Indian government sanctioned groundbreaking on 15,000 megawatts (MW) of grid-connected solar projects, to be completed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. Steel Closes Down Last Coke Plant at Gary Works

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:59 am
    U.S. Steel said yesterday that it plans to close its Gary Works coke plant in Gary, Ind., in May, displacing about 300 workers. It will mark the end of a coke-making era at the steel plant that once... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Novelis’ Evercan Used by Red Brick Brewery, Aluminum Declines on the LME

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:50 am
    Red Brick Brewing will offer its beer in Novelis' new certified 90% recycled content evercan aluminum cans in the US. Free Download: Cost Certainty for International Trades Novelis and Red Brick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Has the Copper Market Hit Bottom? Bets Against It Have Reached a New LME High

    MetalMiner IndX Reports
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    A key signal in the copper market is starting to flash green, with bets that copper prices will continue to fall recently hitting a record high on the London Metal Exchange, though they’ve since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Chronicle

  • The History of 3D Printing

    Pantcho Stoyanov
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    When a new technology is developed, there’s a lot to learn. How will it impact lives, industries, even the world? One such technology is Additive Manufacturing, but you’ve heard of it as: This game-changing technology has sparked the interest of people far beyond the manufacturing industry who may be hearing about it for the first time. Within manufacturing, however, it’s a different story. The concept has been around for quite some time. Industry leaders have been pressured to understand the purpose and function of 3D printing, and the role it will play in the future of…
  • If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It. But if It is…

    Jon Hansen
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    “WOW! Is that the third time this week I’ve seen this air hose lying across the hallway? And what about the fraying carpet outside of the coffee area? I know I’m not the only one who has tripped over it…” Think how many times you and coworkers have had thoughts similar to these at the office, or out on the shop floor. Do they come once, maybe twice a month? When it comes to safety, it’s time to start speaking up. Chances are, you and others are seeing or encountering safety issues once or twice a week. But before you get your electrical cords in a tangle…
  • FRACKING IV: Why Frack?

    Jay Winter
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    The answer to the question “Why frack?” is fairly simple. Energy demands globally show no signs of slowing, and population growth and increased energy consumption per capita continue to drive dependence on global sources of energy. Industrial, commercial, agricultural, and individual needs for energy continue to increase and draw on current resources. Fracking is seen as one of the main sources of energy to support rapid industrial growth in South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Established countries, including the U.S. where fracking has been growing steadily, are looking to…
  • The Shockingly Short Lives of Loader Liners and Buckets

    Roy Barus
    3 Feb 2015 | 12:30 am
    It’s an irrefutable fact of life that unless toddler toys are made of heavy, durable plastic, they will experience short, unproductive lives because of the abuse they endure at the hands of playful 3 year olds. That’s why Tonka® makes its toy trucks, diggers, and loaders out of material that could (almost) withstand an attack by Godzilla and Mothra combined. Kids are rough on these toys – pushing them through gravel, smashing them into each other, digging up rocks bigger than the trucks – essentially treating them with gleeful abandon. But have you ever wondered what would…
  • Let’s Be Careful Out There… And 100% Safe!

    Jon Hansen
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    The popular ’80s TV police drama “Hill Street Blues” featured an endearing desk sergeant giving a sincere reminder to “let’s be careful out there” at the end of each roll call. He wanted fellow officers to pay attention, watch out for themselves and others, and end the shift the same way they started: safe. While we don’t have roll call every day at Kennametal where we can remind employees to be safe out there, we share the same mentality through our 100% Safe Philosophy. What Does 100% Safe Represent? 100% Safe represents Kennametal’s commitment to provide a safe work…
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    Composites Manufacturing Magazine

  • A Primer on CMCs

    Glen Mandigo and Doug Freitag
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Ceramic matrix composites are gaining a foothold for some high-performance applications. So what are they, how are they made and what’s the potential for CMCs? Within the high-performance composites market, ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are garnering a lot of attention. CMCs combine a ceramic fiber embedded in a ceramic matrix to produce a finished CMC part. They are sought after for applications with demanding thermostructural requirements. While your company may focus on more traditional CFRP and GFRP applications, it’s still important to understand and keep an eye on ceramic matrix…
  • Everything Old is New Again

    Hank Hogan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Composite recycling is in its infancy, but growing environmental concerns and pending policies may require companies to get up to speed quickly. Recycling composites is more than just a good idea. It’s the law – or it may well soon be. In Europe, the Waste Management Regulations of 2006 required cars, which are increasingly composite-laden, to be 95 percent reused and recycled by average weight per vehicle starting in January 2015. In the United States, more communities are pursuing zero-waste-to-landfill policies: San Francisco has set an ambitious goal of zero waste by 2020. Such moves…
  • Are You a Good Neighbor?

    Patrice Aylward
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Companies that commit to sustainable manufacturing can help improve the environment and relationships with nearby residents and businesses. And, yes, they may even increase profitability. If someone offered your company a way to triple impact the bottom line of your composites business, you’d likely jump at the chance. Evidence shows that sustainable manufacturing could be that opportunity for composites manufacturers. Many companies undertake green manufacturing because they are pressured to do so by regulators, consumers and shareholders who want them to reduce their impact on the…
  • Green with Energy

    Mary Beck
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Many in the composites industry are aware that making use of carbon fiber can greatly decrease one’s carbon footprint, such as through the manufacture of lighter automobiles. But when it comes to green energy, composites are ideal for more than just conserving energy – they also can enable the generation of energy through alternative sources, such as wind and solar. Major population growth and urbanization are increasing the world’s energy demands. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2013, without action, energy demand is expected to…
  • London’s Underground is Calling for Composites

    Hank Hogan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:04 pm
    The more than 150-year-old London Underground is going green. Part of that transformation involves updating the materials used in its train doors, with a recent award-winning demonstration project showing that lightweight thermoplastics can replace heavy metal in doors. Passengers likely give doors little thought as they board or exit a train. But using thermoplastics could produce a host of benefits in the “rolling stock” – engines and cars that move on the railway. “Lightweighting the doors has a cascade effect on lightweighting all of the rolling stock,” says Jeff Ive,…
 
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    Pelonis Technologies Blog

  • Pelonis Adds Temperature Controllers to its Product Lineup

    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Consumers of heating products each have their own specific application requirements. To ensure the success of their industrial or commercial projects, consumers must turn to products that are equal parts unique and innovative. At Pelonis Technologies, our team has provided high-quality heating solutions for nearly 30 years. We fully understand the importance of providing newer, more diverse products to meet and exceed modern consumer needs. To support our valued customer base, we have added several temperature controller products to our existing catalog. More Products, More Options Our…
  • Questions about Heating & Cooling System Maintenance

    2 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    When customers choose to undertake custom heating or cooling projects, they may not always make as many considerations as industry professionals. There are a lot of questions that need to be addressed before any installation can begin, such as those pertaining to the location and characteristics of the desired system, and the cost and energy concerns of the entire project. There are also many questions to consider when working on the systems once they are set in place; the slightest issue can increase the chances of component degradation or eventual failure. Depending on whether you are…
  • Design Considerations for Industrial Heating

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Industrial heating has advanced to meet the increasing demands of modern applications. As the technology continues to progress, several factors must be considered to ensure ideal results. Heating systems rely on different interconnected components. A single faulty component can jeopardize the entire system, leading to reduced productivity or equipment failure. Forced downtime is harmful to business and you could lose many valued customers. To prevent these issues from affecting your application, engineers must employ proper design methodologies. At Pelonis Technologies, our team is…
  • Heating and Cooling Trends to Look for in the New Year

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now that 2015 is here, it’s an ideal time to consider the regulatory changes and technological advances in the heating and cooling industry. Several factors are driving fundamental changes in the industry; innovation is the name of the game, propelled by the ever present need for efficiency and sustainability. Whether it’s the smallest circuit board or the biggest HVAC system, the battle of the BTU is being fought on many fronts.  Energy Conservation According the Department of Energy (DOE), almost 50 percent of the energy consumption in U.S. homes can be attributed to heating and…
  • Pelonis Technologies Launches Responsive, New Website

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Pelonis Technologies has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality heating and cooling solutions for over 25 years. In addition to our technical expertise, our success can be attributed to our unmatched customer service. To provide a better online experience for our customers, our team has launched a new company website. The new Pelonis Technologies website has a more responsive design, allowing easier access and viewing on your preferred media—computers, mobile devices, etc. Navigation between site pages is smooth and gratifying thanks to a fresh, new user interface and faster loading…
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    PennCoat Inc. Blog

  • Acrylic Enamel Paint for Commercial Painting Decks

    PennCoat, Inc.
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Acrylic Enamels for Wooden Decks Last week, we explored the wonders of the ultraviolet spectrum. As we pointed out, although our bodies need UV light to make Vitamin D, in general UV light is bad news for outdoor structures. UV radiation fades colors and ages materials, especially wood. That’s why PennCoat recommends you use acrylic enamel paints instead of stains on wooden decks. The enamel is a much better defender against UV rays, and it has the additional benefit of not needing to be reapplied every other year. Acrylic Floor Enamel One of our favorite commercial paints for exterior…
  • Urethane Cement and Epoxy Flooring – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    PennCoat, Inc.
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Urethane Cement and Epoxy Flooring in Lancaster, PA A local food manufacturer located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was experiencing flooring issues in their dock room.  Because they deal with food, the room is subjected to routine cleaning with strong chemical cleaners.  Epoxy coats won’t tolerate this much moisture exposure.  So we had to offer a stronger flooring solution that could withstand the constant moisture, and hold up against the tough chemicals.  Additionally, because the floor is exposed to so much water, it is important that the floor offers slip resistance.  So, we…
  • Commercial Painting – UV Resistance

    PennCoat, Inc.
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    UV Protection — Aliphatic Urethane One of the most important industrial and commercial painting features the PennCoat looks for in exterior topcoats is protection from the Sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. In today’s article, we’ll examine UV in some detail and then revisit the properties of aliphatic urethane topcoats and see how it stands up to UV rays. Ultraviolet Light UV light spans wavelengths from 400 to 10 nanometers, shorter than visible light wavelengths but longer than those for X-rays. Humans can’t see UV light, although some animals can.
  • Commercial Painting – Using Mineral Spirits

    PennCoat, Inc.
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Mineral Spirits Last week we explored the properties and uses of denatured alcohol, an important solvent we use to clean surfaces and equipment for industrial and commercial painting. We also rely on mineral spirits for reducing paints and cleaning application tools after use. Although it has similar uses to those of denatured alcohol, mineral spirits have different physicochemical properties. Chemistry Mineral spirits, also known as “white spirit,” are petroleum-sourced mixtures of medium-chain aliphatic hydrocarbons ranging from 6 to 12 carbon atoms, but having a predominance of…
  • Commercial Painting Material – Denatured Alcohol

    PennCoat, Inc.
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    Denatured Alcohol Alcohol is very important to us at PennCoat. Denatured alcohol, that is. It’s ethanol to which poison — often methanol – has been added to render it non-consumable. We use it every day to clean surfaces and equipment prior to use. Chemistry The main ingredient, ethanol, has the formula C2H6O, with two carbon atoms sharing a single bond — similar to ethane except one hydrogen has been replaced by a hydroxyl (OH) group. Ethanol is colorless liquid with a mild aroma. It is less dense than water (0.79 grams per cubic centimeter at 77°F), boils at…
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    Export Abroad Blog

  • 3 Places To Find an International Buyer

    Austin
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    1. LinkedIn LinkedIn is a very powerful and often under utilized tool for finding you next foreign partner. Companies and their employees from all over the world list themselves on their site. The two most effective ways we’ve found for prospecting are highly filtered searched and joining relevant groups for your industry. To get started with the search function you can initially submit a blank search and  then filter by industry and region to find companies in your target markets. After you get the first results you apply more filters to become increasingly granular in your search. An…
  • 3 Reasons Why Companies Should Be Thinking Globally

    Austin
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:47 am
    Finding international trading partners and buyers should be on the radar for companies looking to grow their bottom line. Since the low point of the recession in 2009, American exports have grown by 44% thanks to improving economic conditions, new free trade agreements, and the National Export Initiative. This uptick in exports is likely to continue as the US seeks a way to come to grips with the growing trade deficit. For first time exporters establishing the first trading partner can be a difficult and lengthy ordeal. The benefits of exploring foreign markets, however, often outweigh the…
  • Will low fuel costs mean savings for your business?

    Austin
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    As you head to the pump in the new year, you likely see a nice price break when filling up your tank. Fuel costs have dramatically decreased this year with the price currently sitting right around $53 per barrel at the time of this writing. This price is nearly half of what companies were paying in June 2014 and many are speculating that consumers and businesses alike will see some savings in 2015 if energy prices stay low. The United States saw record oil production this year thanks to new technologies and oil fields being found in North Dakota. Saudi Arabia saw this as a threat and has…
  • Mongolia Export News October 2014

    Austin
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    After preliminary negotiations in 2012, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced the signing of a free trade agreement this July. Trade volume between the countries is still quite small and skewed toward Japanese exports, but the agreement shoes promise for growth and improved trade relations. Mongolian raw input goods and the Japanese high technology industries should help increase the amount of trade between the two nations.   Used cars make up 45% of current Japanese exports to Mongolia and there are plans to remove tariffs on this…
  • Distributor vs Reseller: What’s Right for Me?

    Austin
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Finding an international buyer can be extremely difficult for many companies. After doing the initial market research companies must figure out how to reach customers in that market. The most common way of reaching consumers in foreign markets is through distributors and resellers. You will need to do your research what is the best way to reach your customers for your company. This will largely depend on your margins, timeframe, and knowledge of the market.   There is often a lot of confusion about the differences of  a distributor vs reseller. We explain the differences in depth…
 
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    JE Bearing

  • Reverse Engineering

    Phil Pasma
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A lot of people may not know this, but some machine shops have the ability to reverse engineer OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. Reverse engineering is taking apart an object to see how it works or was made to duplicate or enhance the object.  Instead of purchasing replacement items from the manufacturer (which in some of our customer’s world can be half way across the world), you can take the broken part to a machine shop to see if it can be duplicated and improved. There are several major advantages to this method: Cost less Reduce’s lead time Create spares Modify…
  • Our Commitment to the Future of Manufacturing

    Phil Pasma
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    We have teamed up with In-House Solutions to donate eight seats of Mastercam software to East Elgin Secondary School in Aylmer, Ontario. Manufacturing is one of the country’s most important business sectors, and workers skilled in trades and technologies play a crucial role in Canada’s future economic stability. According to a report by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CMC), growth plans for more than 30 percent of Canadian companies are being impacted by current labour shortages. Investing in education and training programs is just one of several recommendations in the CMC’s…
  • 5 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

    Phil Pasma
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    1. Plan Preventive/Predictive Maintenance Being proactive is the best thing you can do for maintaining your equipment and keeping it running. A few months ago we wrote a blog on the benefits of predictive maintenance which you can read here. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for scheduling preventive maintenance. If you can, upgrade your components such as bearings to higher quality replacements that have a longer expected life. 2. Stock Spare Parts Unfortunately, no matter how much preventive and predictive maintenance a person does, certain equipment is going to…
  • How to Choose the Right Machine Shop

    Phil Pasma
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    When you are selecting a machine shop to do business with you want to make sure you are asking the right questions. Chances are you are going to be spending a significant amount of money so the parts should be machined correctly and delivered on time. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your next machine shop. 1. What are the capabilities of the shop? Before you do any more research you should figure out if the machine shop is capable of servicing your request. 2. How long have they have been in business? A machine shop that has been around for a number of years can lean on its…
  • Loctite Facebook Contest & Rules [CONTEST ENDED]

    Phil Pasma
    4 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Contest Time! We have teamed up with Loctite for our first Facebook give away. The winner will receive a Loctite Toolbox ($265 value), Work Gloves, a Tool Bag & more. To be entered, just like and share our Facebook Page! Don’t forget to like the contest post too so we know who’s entered. Rules This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to J/E Bearing & Machine Ltd., not Facebook. Email: info@je-bearing.com  No Purchase or Payment Necessary…
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    Synchrono » Blog

  • How TOC Can Move Your World – and World View

    Pam Bednar
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough,a fulcrum, and a place to stand, and I shall move the world.” Learn how production professionals use Constraints Management to meet negativity head – on to manage meaningful change Here’s the last part of our three-part series about the Theory of Constraints (TOC). In the next couple of postings I’m going to dig right in to looking at what actually happens when I’ve used TOC at client companies. But there’s more gold to be mined from this topic—and I wanted to make sure I included in this series some common “fulcrums”…
  • Top 3 Communications Best Practices for Software Implementations

    Pam Bednar
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    In a recent business article out of the UK, the author cites trends such as collaboration and connectivity as hallmarks of the “factory of the future.” I would take that one step further, and add “communication” to that list—especially during implementation. Smart implementation leaders make sure they are listening to the insights of everyone who will be impacted by their new systems and following solid communication practices throughout the life of the project—and beyond. Here’s what you need to know about the three biggest opportunities great communication practices deliver to…
  • What Sandpaper Will You Use? – Part One

    Pam Bednar
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    What to Use to Get the Most of Your Demand-Driven Changes Demand-driven manufacturing leaders are always refining their tools and tactics to ensure they’re spending their time wisely. This blog marks the first in a three-part series about using the tools of TOC, Six Sigma and Lean to help manufacturing leaders gain the most benefit from their demand-driven transformation. Three in One TOC, Lean, and Six-Sigma should all be part of the continuous improvement (CI) journey at your company – and knowing which tools are right for the job will help you realize your CI goals faster. And even…
  • Using Big Data to Tell Your Story

    Pam Bednar
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Three ways narrative can connect the dots between big data and your brand In a recent Forbes article, the writer describes Big Data as “a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company that represents a source for ongoing discovery and analysis.” I love this definition because it describes a process of discovery that—once linked with your brand message – allows you to uncover additional opportunities to tell compelling stories in the markets you serve. I work in the manufacturing space, where our systems manage large amounts of real-time data…
  • Which System is More Complex? The Answer is Simpler than You Think

    Pam Bednar
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Using the Theory of Constraints to Become More Demand-Driven- Part 1 In my last blog post on How TOC delivers powerful results, I talked about how every manufacturer that I worked for early in my career believed that their environment was completely unique. However, just like doctors are trained not to look for zebras when diagnosing horses, the Theory of Constraints (TOC) allows you to diagnose your environment in the simplest way to get the most immediate results. The concepts of TOC stem from some very simple, practical principles. These principles were developed by physicist Dr. Eliyahu…
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    LED Lighting Magazine: LED Lighting, LED Bulbs, LED Manufacturers, LED Lighting News

  • How to make decision for choosing LED Downlights for home and office places

    Alex Micky
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:41 pm
    LED Downlights We are equipped with top manufacturing facilities which are spread across 2 units in North India that cover more than 6000 Sq Yards.  We are credible to offer best designing and manufacturing lighting products. We develop ourselves from on-going policy of investment in resources and totally committed to premier standards of quality. We have our plant accredited and approved to ISO 9001: 2000 by Det Norskey Veritas.  We are the specialist manufacturer of LED Downlights for home. We have strong network of dealers cover more than 500 cities. Our yearly production…
  • Switch your life style by adopting LED Lamps for distinct places

    Alex Micky
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:17 am
    LED BULBS FOR HOME, OFFICE And other PlacesWe are dedicated to continuously endeavor for quality improvement and full satisfaction of customers for need value, service and timely delivery. In a report given by consumer organization VOICE (INDIA) our Company Electronic Ballast has been ranked a most efficient in energy saving. We have managed to get the popular Udhyog Patra Award in 2007 which is presented by minister of Corporate Affairs in Govt of India. We use best designing patterns to manufacture LED Bulbs, LED Lamps for home, office and other places. We are in lighting Industry since 25…
  • Check Out 3 Most Demanded Office Lighting Products

    Alex Micky
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Office Lighting FixturesWe offer cost effective solution for lighting needs of your home and office. We offer state of the art lighting products. We have 5 designing patent in which two are in LED. We have successfully developed open type electromagnetic ballast which is known as COMPACT Choke. We are the first company to develop LED based Lighting through In-house developed Electronic circuitry. We are constantly serving our customers since 25 years. We are renowned lighting product manufacturing company with high customer satisfaction. We relentlessly believe in investment in our resources…
  • Light your home with high luminosity LED Bulbs at affordable cost price

    Alex Micky
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    LED Bulbs We are the top Led products manufacturing and supplier Company with an aim to stand at the highest place in the market. Our Led lighting Products undergo many phases in the production stage. We work with a vision to offer best solution for your lighting needs. We are specialist in manufacturing wide range of products such as LED Bulbs, Led tube Lights, Led Power spot, Led Downlight, Table Lamps etc. We have proven ourselves successfully by offering high quality lighting solution with even light at different places. We present state of the art manufacturing facilities for two units…
  • Check out our modern Table Lamps & LED Office Lamps Products

    Alex Micky
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Table Lamps & LED Office Lamps We are renowned manufacturer and marketing company in India. We are in to the market since 25 years with a desire to provide lighting equipment that operate on low power and cost efficient products. We work on latest technology and principles. We are competent enough for large production capacity with assured time delivery. We have vast distribution network in India.  Our created Table Lamps & LED Office Lamps are continuously illuminating your office and study places.We are dedicated to our customers in providing quality with time. We endeavor to…
 
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    FDA News | The Official Registrar Corp Blog

  • Gluten-Free Food Market Sales Increase 63%

    David Lennarz
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    According to Mintel, gluten-free food market sales increased 63% from 2012 to 2014 due to increasing awareness of celiac disease and perceived benefits of gluten-free dieting.  Mintel Food Analyst Amanda Topper believes the market will continue to grow.  Gluten-free snack foods showed an increase of 163% over the two years, the largest growth percentage of all the food categories. It may seem like a great idea to join in on this booming market, but before you label your products as “gluten-free”, make sure the product meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for…
  • Number of FDA Registered Food Facilities Drops 14%

    Maria Utecht
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There were 195,518 food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of January 22, 2014.  As of January 12, 2015, the number of registered facilities had dropped to 166,753.   This reflects a 14% decrease from the number of FDA registered food facilities in January 2014. The ten countries with the most FDA registered food facilities remain the same as in 2014, but France and Italy moved above China in 2015.  A complete breakdown of the number of registered facilities by country can be found on Registrar Corp’s site. Registrar Corp Vice President David…
  • FDA Removes Unregistered Medical Device Establishments from Database

    David Lennarz
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Monday, February 16, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) purged approximately 2,628 medical device establishments that did not complete their annual registrations by the deadline from its registration database.  Owners and operators of companies that produce and distribute medical devices for use in the United States are required to register with FDA and review their listing information between October 1 and December 31 each year.  On December 30, 2014, before the fiscal year 2015 registration deadline, there were approximately 24,123 device establishments in FDA’s…
  • U.S. FDA Approval – Common Misconceptions

    David Lennarz
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Registrar Corp is often asked about how to obtain U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a variety of products.  While FDA has extensive regulations for food, drugs, medical device, and cosmetics marketed in the U.S., many products do not require FDA approval.  In fact, in some cases it’s a prohibited act to claim that FDA has approved a product.  To address common misconceptions, Registrar Corp put together a guide to what products do and do not require FDA approval. Food FDA does not approve food, beverages, or dietary supplements.  Food facilities do not have to obtain…
  • FDA Regulates Cosmetics as Drugs due to Certain Claims

    David Lennarz
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    On January 20, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added another company, Chaga Mountain, Inc., to its list of warning letters that address drug claims made for products marketed as cosmetics.  According to FDA, “a product intended to diagnose, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease, or to affect the structure or function of the body is classified as a drug” under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).  After reviewing Chaga Mountain’s website, FDA found that certain claims made about some of the company’s products caused the products to be regulated as drugs.
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