Author Archives: Robin Lamerson

Retooled MHI Executive Summit & Annual Conference Format Delivers Transformative Insights, Networking to Broader Audience

A year ago, the MHI Board of Governors and the members of the Annual Conference Workgroup—the committee responsible for planning the event—unveiled a modified format for the MHI fall gathering. Historically known as MHI’s Annual Meeting, the consensus among MHI’s volunteer leadership was that the event could offer additional membership value. Most of the work conducted at the Annual Meeting, ...

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Initial 2016 Outlook: U.S. Growth to Continue as Global Growth Improves

The economic climate for the balance of 2015 and 2016 is likely to be characterized by solid U.S. economic growth, an improving global economy, modestly rising commodity prices and continued foreign exchange rate volatility. In the new Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing (MHEM) forecast models, strong equity markets, low interest rates and continued manufacturing expansion are supportive of new orders. However, ...

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Innovation in Education

A professor walked into a faculty meeting at Bradley University eight years ago waiving a Wall Street Journal article in the air and saying, “We must do something about supply chain management.” The faculty agreed, but where to start? Supply chain management is a hot new field for universities, and we knew that we’d need to take an innovative approach ...

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Second MHI Annual Industry Report Examines Supply Chain Innovations and How to Leverage Them

During the March 25 keynote at ProMat 2015, MHI released the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report: Supply chain innovation—Making the impossible possible. In this second report, MHI again partnered with Deloitte to conduct a survey of the decision makers responsible for one of the most critical components of business success today: the supply chain. Managers of traditional supply chains should ...

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Insurance Companies—Advocates for Reducing Workplace Injuries

A resource for reducing injuries associated with manual material handling (MMH) your company may have overlooked is your insurance carrier. Many insurance companies offer their policyholders no cost programs designed to analyze MMH tasks and develop solutions to minimize worker stress while saving money for their employers. Motion is Money® Motion is Money® from CNA begins when Brian Roberts, director, manufacturing ...

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Monorails Improve Ergonomics and Increase Safety When Moving Loads

Think of a monorail as a people mover, and it’s easy to imagine all sorts of people inside. In the same way, a monorail used for material handling can move a great variety of products, parts and components in the manufacturing and distribution environment. Typically mounted to an overhead structure or ceiling, monorail systems help lift and transport heavy items ...

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New Technology Makes Fulfillment Operations More Efficient and Effective

Order fulfillment solutions are progressing to new levels, as manufacturers have become “truly focused on reducing end-user labor utilization and improving accuracy, throughputs and ROI,” says Ed Romaine, vice president sales and marketing at MHI member SI Systems. Romaine and Austin Power, business development manager, MHI member Retrotech, led an Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) Council educational seminar on the “latest ...

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Automation Supports a Productive, Safe Warehouse Environment

Although automation and use of robots to improve efficiency, productivity and employee safety are the norm throughout the manufacturing industry, the warehouse and distribution industry has been slower to adopt automation technology. While the same benefits of automation apply, barriers such as cost justification, flexibility of systems and lack of awareness of emerging technologies are reasons for continued reliance on ...

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Supply Chain Optimization

Driverless vehicles, drones, 3-D printing and wearable technology certainly beckon for supply chains. But before moving on to the latest in whiz-bang gadgetry, a stabilizing question: Just how “optimized” are your network and inventories first? If you’re missing the connection, the recent 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report spoke of numerous emerging technologies expected to transform traditional supply chain models in ...

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