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Lean Manufacturing: Work Leaner, Stay Safe

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  Lean manufacturing objectives target efficiency in the workplace. Eliminating wasted movement and reducing downtime are two ways that manufacturers can improve their operational efficiency and productivity. Learn more about lean manufacturing in this infographic. But it doesn’t come at the expense of worker or work environment safety. In fact, lean manufacturing should enhance the… Read More

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IoT Security Risks: The Vulnerabilities

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  When it comes to IoT security risks, we know that there are many areas of potential vulnerabilities that we must be watchful of. We’ve become accustomed to data security threats, but the embedded devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) pose different challenges than those of the computers and mobile devices. Embedded device examples include:… Read More

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Child Abuse Prevention is a Team Effort

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Throughout the year, there are so many special days, weeks and months that are dedicated to recognizing important individuals, groups and causes. One such month is happening now. April is “Child Abuse Prevention Month.” But, in my opinion, child abuse prevention shouldn’t need its own month. Instead, child abuse prevention should be a way of… Read More

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JIT vs Lean Manufacturing: What’s the Difference

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  Lean manufacturing principles are implemented to improve quality and reduce waste. View an [Infographic]: What is Lean Manufacturing and how can it help you? Inventory represents one of the largest sources of waste in the manufacturing industry. Maintaining too much inventory—raw materials and finished products—absorbs excess cost in capital, inventory, and space. Inventory shortages… Read More

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The Cold, Hard Truth (and How to Make a Difference)

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The Story of a Dedicated Police Officer and How the Community can Help Not too long ago I was out to dinner with some girlfriends, and as we were catching up on life, I got to hear about new babies, a job layoff, an engagement story, a car accident and tales from a trip to Europe…. Read More

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4 Ways IoT Improves Manufacturing

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  The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to expand daily. The devices that connect with the cloud are touching every aspect of our culture—from the smart home to medical devices to the manufacturing industry. With the need to streamline manufacturing processes to work as efficiently as possible, the IoT provides many avenues for working smarter… Read More

Tech-Savvy Shoppers Drive the Retail Technology Trends for 2017

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Millennials represent the largest population of consumers in the United States right now. They are also addicted to their technology, so they utilize it in every way possible. As consummate shoppers, they’re strong influencers of retail trends—not just the products on the market, but the way they make purchases. These tech-savvy shoppers are driving the… Read More

A Customer is Your Most Important Visitor

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Not long ago, I was waiting in line to check out at a store. I overheard a cashier grumbling about the long line of customers and that she was leaving shortly, no matter what I couldn’t help thinking how thankful we are for our customers for without them we would not have a Company, we truly… Read More

IIoT: You Need More “I’s” on the Plant Floor

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  The Internet of Things (IoT) sparked excitement as the next great thing in technology. Learn more about IoT here. Using sensors embedded in everything from home appliances to clothing, consumers are jazzed about what smart technology can do: changing the temperature in your home when you’re away checking your heart rate and letting you… Read More

Get Lean with 2D Data Matrix Barcodes, Part 3

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Thanks for stopping back in to read the 3rd part of this series on “Getting LEAN” with Data Matrix Barcodes in the manufacturing industry. If you missed the first two parts, you can read them here: Part 1  Part 2  Application Versatility Whether it be the assembly lines, final assembly lines, test and measurement locations,… Read More