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Three Reasons to Consider Working with a Conveyor Integration Partner

June 26, 2014

Conveyor System Puzzle

The decision to purchase an expensive material handling system can be a career-defining move. Your company’s profitability and future direction is at stake, so it’s important to understand every option and potential relationship that comes into play. You can go direct to a manufacturer. You can bring in consultants. You can work with a distributor/integrator, engineer the system internally, or a combination of these methods.

There are questions regarding system integration partners and their role within the implementation process. In this article, Hytrol’s Matt Farris discusses the advantages of choosing to work with an integration partner like Cisco-Eagle.

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Post-Modex Report: What’s the Buzz in Manufacturing Technology?

May 12, 2014

crane used in manufacturing

This year, technology innovation is propelling the manufacturing industry to unprecedented levels. Emerging technologies, in combination with advancements in automation, distribution, and talent development, are likely to produce major changes in the way many things are made in the years to come.

So what’s hot in manufacturing technology? We addressed this question (and many more) during the supply chain expo Modex, where we interviewed leading manufacturers about key trends shaping the industry in 2014. The following is a recap of some of the responses we heard from industry experts (in addition to our own thoughts on technologies to watch throughout the latter half of the year): Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 Manufacturing Trends: Cisco-Eagle Interviews with Leading Manufacturers

May 5, 2014

As we’ve written about previously, Cisco-Eagle took part in last month’s supply chain expo Modex, held in Atlanta, GA.  When we weren’t demonstrating our automated forklift safety system and talking to customers, we snuck away from our booth to connect with some of the industry’s leading innovators.

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5 Manufacturing Challenges (or are they Opportunities?)

May 1, 2014

Manufacturing at a pipe coating plant

U.S. manufacturing is at a crossroads. After decades of decline, there are signs of a renaissance, with the chance to re-shore more and more manufacturing capacity every year. Some of this is driven by the natural gas energy boom, and the cost of shipping product in vs. making it in America. You also see more companies returning capacity due to the fact that offshoring didn’t always live up to its cost cutting premise. Whatever the reason, American manufacturing now faces the reality of growth, with the challenges and opportunities that brings.

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25 Informative Manufacturing & Industrial Profiles to Follow on Twitter

March 6, 2014

Twitter Logo2014 is shaping up to be a year of transition for the manufacturing sector, with issues in talent development, an aging work force, the re-shoring of manufacturing in some sectors, and the forward moment of automation taking center stage.

Where can you go for the latest in industrial manufacturing news, trends, research, events, and discussions? Social media is one solution. With roughly one billion registered users, Twitter can be an invaluable resource for discovering what distributors, suppliers, publications, consultants, journalists, bloggers, and industry experts are discussing.

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Manufacturing: Attacking the Skills Gap

February 3, 2014

CNC manufacturing cutting operation with bridge crane

In its 2011 “Skills Gap in Manufacturing” report, the Manufacturing Institute laid out the situation: as American manufacturing continues to expand, a lack of critical skills in the workforce is becoming an increasingly common limitation. In many places, we see classified ad pages full of jobs for skilled positions like CNC machinists, high-volume assembly technicians, welders, or electricians. With a reported 600,000 unfilled jobs in the manufacturing sector, it’s something that has to be addressed.

Certainly, lower-cost foreign labor is still a drain, but there is little manufacturers can do about that. What can manufacturers do?

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Mid-America Industrial Park – a Great Video

January 10, 2014

We have multiple customers at the Mid-America Industrial Park, in Pryor Oklahoma. They’ve produced an excellent video on their facilities, locations, and other advantages. Check it out!

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10 Insights on 2014 Manufacturing Trends

January 6, 2014

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We recently came across a great discussion in the LinkedIn Manufacturing Leadership Community asking for feedback on important manufacturing issues affecting manufacturers and the economy in 2014. Excellent points were raised on technological innovation, skilled worker shortages, and broader human resources and training issues.

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Lean Manufacturing Practices of the Future

December 16, 2013

Lean manufacturing line for a rooftop air conditioner maker

You want your company to be a leader in your field. You want to provide the best product to your customers at the best price, and cut needless costs, transactions, touches, and clutter that inhibit productivity. The term “lean production system” was coined in 1988, and manufacturers have been honing their operations to conform to lean principles ever since.

It starts with making sure every part of your organization is doing its job well; and is armed by process to execute its mission.

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What is the 5S Process: 12 Visualizations That Explain It Best

November 5, 2013

5S is a philosophy that hones in on effective workplace organization and standardized work procedures. The concept is based off 5 Japanese words that begin with ‘S’, seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu, and shitsuke. When translated to English, there are five primary 5S phases: sorting, set in order, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining. Or in shortened terms: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain. When implemented correctly, 5S reduces waste, increases efficiency, and overall work quality.

The 5S Philosophy is best captured in visualization, since its process can be complex, even if it is boiled down into five simple terms. Here are 12 creative visualizations we found describing 5S, from organizations and vendors across the world wide web.

How to Implement 5S

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