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Would you like to build more units per month? Enhance your production flexibility to manufacture smaller product combinations in lower volumes? Factory automation can be a cost-effective ad resource-efficient solution to many of today’s complex assembly challenges. Thanks to smarter and more dexterous robots, more lights-out manufacturing has become feasible. A growing number of plants… Read more »

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Keep an eye on these developments that are radically changing the future of consumer product design. Hiring managers: Look for acuity in these areas as you source candidates for your materials engineering teams. The “Miracle Material” Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon arranged in a honeycomb lattice. It was discovered in 2004 at… Read more »

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You know the importance of emergency preparedness in your workplace – and what would be at stake if a crisis occurred. Staying current with OSHA recommendations on emergency action plans (EAPs) is critical as you take every possible measure to ensure safety. Best Practices An EAP is a written document for the purpose of facilitating… Read more »

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Each year, more than 300,000 Americans visit emergency rooms with workplace eye injuries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that these injuries cost an estimated $300 million dollars annually in lost productivity, medical treatment and workers’ compensation fees. Workplace eye injuries range from simple strains to severe trauma, which can cause pain, damage and… Read more »

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The secret to manufacturing leadership success is to create motivated cross-functional teams armed with the right information to make a positive impact. Understanding the growing role of the IT sphere is increasingly important as new technologies emerge that will revolutionize the way performance management is handled. Mobile Technology The use of mobile devices and apps… Read more »

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In 2011, 143 people in the United States died from fires or explosions at their places of work. More than 5,000 were injured and the related cost to American businesses exceeded $2 billion. That’s 143 lives and 5,000 injuries too many. Follow these guidelines for a recent update on OSHA Standard #1910 Subpart E, which… Read more »

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Following a remarkable post-recession recovery, manufacturing is poised to benefit from continued growth and investment throughout this year. In November 2013, the U.S. trade deficit dipped to its lowest level in four years. Meanwhile, industrial stocks realized a five-year growth pattern of a solid 183 percent. Analysts agree that manufacturing will recover to pre-recession levels… Read more »

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Ventilation is one of the most important engineering controls available for maximizing the quality of air in a work environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has addressed a number of statistics related to proper ventilation in its recent standard #1926.57. Here are some tips for staying OSHA compliant and, more importantly, ensuring that… Read more »

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A series of positive reports indicate that manufacturing could play a key role as the U.S. and global economies continue to rebound. 2013 concluded with stronger-than-expected improvements in the U.S. gross domestic product, business spending, housing, and consumer confidence. As noted by Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial, “We’re not only hopeful but reasonably… Read more »