Spring Cleaning: Different Methods for the Factory Floor

The new year means a new spring season is just around the corner, and people everywhere will be conducting their annual spring cleaning. Just like you might be scrubbing your baseboards and bathrooms, this is a great time to revisit your manufacturing plant cleaning procedures to see what can be improved upon or added to…
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Adjust Your Maintenance for Cyclical Operations

Many manufacturing gigs are cyclical, with peaks and troughs of production throughout the year. And while operations may have adapted to ensure smoothness during both, manufacturers still using a linear maintenance program will see issues during times of heightened demand. The necessary solution is to adjust your maintenance schedule to account for the ebb and…
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The Benefits of Gamifying Your Training

Gamification seems to be the hot trend of the 2010s. Mobile apps allow people to gamify everything from weight loss to budget balancing. Can this trend be transferred to manufacturing? Can you impart training tips to your employees through gamification techniques? It may sound radical, but gamification is so popular for a reason. What Is…
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Plan for Obsolescence, Don’t Get Caught Off Guard

Every manufacturer battles against equipment obsolescence. As technologies get better and we make breakthroughs, even the most integral equipment falls by the wayside for something more efficient, effective, and sustainable. The key in winning the war against obsolescence is to not just expect it but also plan for it. Equipment obsolescence may be a challenge,…
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Tariffs and Trade Still Top-of-Mind in December 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

The U.S. manufacturing sector ended 2018 on a low note, according to the December 2018 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. PMI® for the month measured 54.1%, down more than 5% from November, marking the lowest point in more than 12 months. Economic uncertainties are coming to a head and the global economy remains cautious. And,…
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How to Know When to Adopt New Technology

In manufacturing, you always need to keep your eye on the bottom line. When word comes along about new technology that will impact your industry, the first thing you need to ask is how relevant is this technology to your manufacturing business, and how soon do you need to adopt it? Trying to adapt to…
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What Do Top Manufacturers Look for in Employees?

Running a quality manufacturing operation isn’t just about stocking the plant with warm bodies. You want the right people for the job. But if you are looking for a manufacturing job, what can you expect the hiring manager to be looking for? And if you’re hiring, what should you be seeking in an employee? Here…
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Invest In Your Culture to Invest In Your Employees

The shift to a new calendar year will bring more retirement announcements and a new crop of young, hungry workers to the manufacturing industry. As the workforce continues to get younger, it will become more and more important for business management to invest in new ways to instill pride and happiness in their workers. Beyond…
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Paying Attention to the Peripherals: Improving Maintenance Without Changing the Approach

You have a good maintenance program in place. It’s thorough and proven effective through your KPIs, while remaining consistent, well-tracked, and easily adapted if need be. But you think it can be even better. How do you make a great thing even better, without accidentally introducing inefficiency? Simple: Tweak the peripherals without disturbing the approach….
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What 2018’s Manufacturing Growth Means for the New Year

Hopefully, you are one of the manufacturers who was the beneficiary of significant growth in 2018. But whether you saw big gains or small ones, you may be wondering what this manufacturing growth will mean for 2019. What does the future of manufacturing hold? Will growth continue to rise, or will things level off or…
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