Standards

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: CMAA—Substantial Changes to Technical Standards Coming Soon

* By Stephen Murdoch * The Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), an independent trade association affiliated with MHI, has had a busy 2019. CMAA, which traces its roots to the Electrical Overhead Crane Institute, has worked tirelessly to promote the standardization of cranes. Today, with over 45 leading American crane manufacturers of electric overhead traveling cranes and components, CMAA ...

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Zero Waste Supply Chains: A Winning Business Strategy That’s Good for the Earth and for the Bottom Line

A Winning Business Strategy That’s Good for the Earth and for the Bottom Line * By Carol Miller, MHI Vice President of Marketing and Communications  * With the recent media focus (both traditional and social) on pollution, global warming, resource depletion, landfill limitations and food waste, the concept of zero waste is creeping increasingly into the public’s awareness. Likewise, companies ...

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Competing for Talent? Better Take a Closer Look at Your Supply Chain Brand

Competing for Talent? Better Take a Closer Look at Your Supply Chain Brand * By Sara Pearson Specter * Attracting and recruiting the talent needed to run the digital supply chain has become one of the top priorities of many chief executives and chief supply chain officers (CSCOs). With the most heavily recruited of that talent being Millennials (and the ...

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SOLUTIONS SPOTLIGHT: Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers

Several Changes Introduced in Updated Caster Standard * By Stephen Murdoch * The Institute of Caster and Wheel Manufacturers (ICWM) Industry Group of MHI announced updates to the ANSI ICWM-2018 standard in mid-July, titled “Vocabulary, Performance and Testing Requirements for Casters and Wheels.” The standard, originally released in 2004, provides manufacturers, specifiers and users with a common basis for evaluating ...

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Will Big Data Help Us Predict the Future?

How confident can we be in experts’ predictions and would they be able to make better predictions if they had more data? By Patrick Davison— It’s spring and the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. With the start of the new season comes the pundits’ predictions of who will win the World Series in October. Even though the ...

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MHI Collaborates to Keep Firefighters Safe

The power of MHI to bring product manufacturers, users and regulators together in a mutually beneficial and collaborative environment was recently demonstrated in an effort that halted changes to the fire code that could have had dire consequences for first responders. The Fire Code Action Committee (FCAC), which is a committee under the International Code Council (ICC) umbrella, had proposed ...

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