Archive: Mar 2011

Customer Service In The Cloud

Cloud computing is dominating the tech news, and is also cropping up in the manufacturing sector news. It is the concept of hosting services via the internet. The cloud is essentially the internet, a metaphor. Cloud computing allows companies to maintain fast, efficient systems without the infrastructure costs needed to house the servers, and staff…

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Taking The Wind Harvest To Sea

Wind energy was once a futuristic idea, thought to be as far off as the era of jet packs and flying cars. Today, however, it is not uncommon to drive through the Indiana or Michigan countryside and see the sleek, stark white wind turbines hard at work. In fact, the American Wind Energy Association estimates…

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The Automation Frontier in Drug Manufacturing

In winter 2010, the pharmaceutical industry was celebrating the possibility of continuous processes coming to the industry. Continuous flow manufacturing processes are those that run continuously, producing the orders on a fully or semi-automated line. The best example of this type of manufacturing is performed in the automobile industry. Continuous flow manufacturing is best used…

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Three Factors to Consider in Purchasing Foreign Supplies

It is common knowledge that the issues a company faces in foreign markets can affect the pricing and availability of goods in the U.S. however, that isn’t what’s on most people’s minds when they go to purchase goods. In today’s global market, sometimes even a small problem can have a ripple effect across the globe….

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The Growing Sustainability Trend in the Packaging Industry

Sustainability is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the ability to meet current needs without putting future resources and the environment in jeopardy. In the packaging industry, sustainability has risen to the forefront of new product development. Product packaging has been vilified in the past for its inefficient use of materials, many…

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Why Manufacturing Companies Go Lean

Lean manufacturing is a popular philosophy in manufacturing, designed to help companies operate efficiently. It is a policy that covers everything from inventory to maintenance schedules. Plant managers, preventive maintenance departments and even purchasing must all work together in order to make the lean system perform as it should. It requires a lot of work…

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