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Encouraging Innovation

Encouraging Innovation Innovation can help to offset shrinking revenues, increase cash flow, and prevent layoffs. And, according to this article, encouraging innovation can be a low risk, low cost strategy. A key factor is a change in attitude — view employees as engines of profit, not overhead that must be cut; and see suppliers as creative consultants rather than a necessary evil. How does your company view employees and suppliers?

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Convey, Feed, Unload, Fill, and Weigh Bulk Solid Materials
Flexicon Corporation

Convey, Feed, Unload, Fill, and Weigh Bulk Solid Materials Flexicon Bulk Handling Equipment includes flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, volumetric feeders, bulk bag unloaders, bulk bag fillers, weigh batching and blending systems, bag dump stations, drum dumpers, and automated systems for dust-free handling of free- and non-free-flowing bulk solid materials. Manufactured on four continents to industrial, food, dairy, and pharmaceutical standards. www.flexicon.com.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Better Balance, More Lift

Better Balance, More Lift An overhead carriage servo arm improves balance and lifting capabilities for loads of up to 1,500 lbs. Safety features include an illuminated run/stop button, programmable overload capability, and load sensing. Units also feature a worm style gearbox and heavy duty roller chain.

Cross-belt Sorter is Fast, Efficient

Cross-belt Sorter is Fast, Efficient A new cross-belt sorter uses contactless induction motors to drive "smart cars," and wireless infrared communications to transmit instructions in real-time. The cars in the system come with a microprocessor that controls belt acceleration, turn rate, separation, and timing as required. Capabilities include tracking, weigh-in-motion, and dynamic deployment.

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Purchasing Guidance for Purchasing Software

Purchasing Guidance for Purchasing Software Procurement software can streamline the corporate purchasing process, but there is a baffling array of choices available. A white paper provides guidance for the software selection process and presents examples of total five-year costs for software implementation. [Access to this article may require a short registration.]

Outsourcing in for Consumer Electronics?

Outsourcing in for Consumer Electronics? Contract manufacturers have not had a big role in making consumer electronics equipment so far, but that could change as consumer electronics companies seek to cut their costs. The global economic downturn is forcing some to reconsider whether or not it's more economical to manufacture in-house or to outsource. This article discusses how to evaluate electronics manufacturing services.

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X85 — Clean, Green, and Productive
FlexLink Systems, Inc.

X85 — Clean, Green, and Productive FlexLink supports the needs of the packaging industry today and tomorrow regarding environmental and consumer demands. FlexLink has the clean, green, and productive solution to factory production environment needs like energy efficiency, process efficiency, equipment feasibility and quality requirements — we call it "from tree to consumer."

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Handhelds, Bar Codes Boost Accuracy

Handhelds, Bar Codes Boost Accuracy A case study describes how bar coding helped a major manufacturer streamline its warehousing operations. The solution includes 35 handheld computers running in three shifts at the company's main warehouse, and five handheld devices at a remote site connected through VPN. As a result, inventory data errors are down by 50%.

Cost Still an RFID Barrier

Cost Still an RFID Barrier The costs of radio frequency identification systems (RFID) have come down substantially, but cost is still the biggest hurdle for companies wanting to go beyond minimal deployment. Costs are at about 17 to 18 cents per label, down from more than 50 cents, but nowhere near the desired five cents.

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Making Light Work of Heavy Loads

Making Light Work of Heavy Loads A line of self-contained, battery powered, walk-behind units aid production personnel in moving heavy parts and equipment. The unit can push or pull loads and work an entire day on single charge. Optional attachments include: a 5th wheel with electrical actuator, a tongue and pin hitch, a tow bar adapter, and a roll stock attachment.

AGV Uses No Wires, No Grid

AGV Uses No Wires, No Grid An automated guided vehicle system (AGVS) uses artificial intelligence, image processing, and machine learning methods to move materials anywhere in a facility, without the need for the usual wire guides, magnets, or lasers. These robotic vehicles can be used in environments where it was not previously economically or technically feasible to do so.

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Rivetier Boltless Shelving
Western Pacific Storage Solutions

Rivetier Boltless Shelving Choose decking that best fits your needs. With particle board-wire grating-melamine, and metal shelving, we provide you with a complete selection to choose from. Heavy-gauge posts are available in standard-duty and heavy-duty, to withstand all weight and size capacities. No cross bracing means you've got access from all four sides. Forget impossible-to-reach. Think easy access.

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January 20, 2010 - Volume 5 Issue 1
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