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FPM Heat Treating Best in the Midwest

White Paper: FPM

F'M Heat Treating opened its doors in January 1979 to serve the then-booming tool and die market in Chicago. Today, over 35 years later, FPM operates three facilities in two states and has become one of the Midwest’s largest commercial heat treaters. Despite its growth, and its success, FPM has maintained a “small business” attitude. The company does this by providing personal attention from its knowledgeable sales staff, highly skilled metallurgical personnel and experienced customer-service group. This longtime MTI member offers a wide range of heat- treating services to over 3,000 customers in the greater Midwest manufacturing community. More specifically, FPM meets the needs of the automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer- product, machinery and tooling industries. As mentioned, FPM operates facilities in Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Cherry Valley, Ill.; and Milwaukee, Wis. These locations perform a vast and diverse set of processes, including: annealing, normalizing, neutral hardening, tempering, age/precipitation hardening, stress relieving, tool-steel hardening, vacuum hardening, vacuum high- pressure gas quenching, austempering, marquenching, carburizing, carbonitriding, gas nitriding, ferritic nitrocarburizing (FNC), braz- ing, deep freezing, straightening and blast cleaning. What truly makes FPM a unique operation, however, is the variety of processes – and equipment – available at each site.   The company has also developed a strong niche when it comes   to providing “outsourced” heat treatment to businesses that previously operated their own heat-treat department. These undertakings have involved entire operations, providing a significant source of backup/overflow heat-treating capacity. As far as equipment goes, FPM has a lot to offer its customers. For example, the company’s batch furnaces are capable of processing large gears and shafts as well as small stampings and machine parts. With a maximum load capability of 3,000 pounds, these units measure 36 x 36 x 48 inches. FPM’s continuous belt furnaces are designed for high-volume processing of fasteners and other small- dimension parts – up to 5,000 pounds per hour. The company’s vacuum furnaces feature computer-controlled processing, up to 10- bar rapid gas quenching and maximum 5,000-pound load capacity. FPM also owns the North American license to Nitrotec, a nitriding-oxidizing-protection process that provides a highly corrosion- and wear-resistant finish in one sequence. This treatment eliminates the time and handling of secondary plating operations and allows for  the  use  of  lower-priced carbon steel in place of alloyed steels. It can be used as an environmentally friendly improvement to many plating processes, and it provides excellent scuffing and seizure resistance. Yet another example that sets FPM apart is its Nadcap accreditation, which is difficult to achieve and maintain with its focus on processing details and quality documentation. Along those same lines, FPM’s metallurgical laboratories are a huge asset. Staffed by highly trained metallurgical technicians and degreed metallurgists, these labs are responsible for measuring and verifying critical characteristics  of  components,  ensuring  compliance with customer and applicable industry specifications. Equipped  to perform not only traditional sectioning and microstructural evaluations, FPM’s labs offer varying degrees of failure analysis, alloy identification and nondestructive evaluations. So, what does the future hold for FPM? Most likely another 35 years of growth and success. To get there, the company plans on expanding its Nadcap accreditation, upgrading furnace controls, installing new equipment and adding to its customer base and market area. For more information on FPM Heat Treating, visit

DataOps: The Missing Link in Your Industrial Data Architecture

White Paper: HighByte

DataOps: The Missing Link in Your Industrial Data Architecture Author: John Harrington, HighByte Co-Founder & Chief Business Officer DataOps is a new category of software solutions that address the data architecture needs of industrial companies as they adopt Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, and Smart Manufacturing. DataOps solutions perform data contextualization and standardization and provide secure data flow to the various consuming applications running at the Edge, in on-premises data centers, or in the Cloud. HighByte has developed HighByte Intelligence Hub to address the DataOps needs of industrial environments where data must be aggregated from industrial automation and leveraged by business users throughout the company and its supply chain.   Complete the form below to download the full white paper and learn: The role of DataOps in achieving the vision of Industry 4.0 at scale Key problems solved by industrial DataOps Five required components of an effective industrial DataOps solution Principal capabilities of HighByte Intelligence Hub

Redefining the Concept of Connected Factory for Manufacturing Companies

White Paper: Trigent Software

Across the globe, the manufacturing industry has established agencies to regulate their own market. Today, manufacturers have a wealth of data coming in from operations and other functions which can be turned into a competitive advantage. Manufacturing companies- small and large alike, are also learning how to leverage the value, from sharing of contact lists and files, to streamlining their manufacturing processes. All the innovations are redefining the way manufacturing industries performed their business but are they really connected? This whitepaper delves into the transformations that manufacturers can relate to, including overcoming inefficiencies, securing processes and intellectual properties, while reducing costs. Key takeaways from this manufacturing industry white paper: What should manufacturing industries be mindful of as they plan for growth? Collaborate and safeguard data environments for IP and regulatory compliance A connected world where data becomes business intelligence to fuel growth of manufacturing companies Building a comprehensive closed loop information system

Why is FMEA cost effective?

White Paper: DataLyzer

Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA/FMECA) is a powerful reliability tool to improve product or process designs early in the manufacturing process. Generating a FMEA can help to build your team and improve your communication, as well as saves considerable cost of future testing and field warranty. It is worth the effort to get the tool implemented in an effective manner. Taking the right approach to FMEA in industrial manufacturing ensures manufacturer produces superior, defect-free products that consistently exceed customer expectations. This White Paper looks at a range of cost savings or revenue improvements that FMEA can bring, it also provide insights into: Why FMEA is critical to industrial manufacturing Recommended FMEA process to be followed by a team of product experts The advantages of an expected cost approach to FMEA Broadening the use of FMEA to mitigate the risk within your organization Improving the FMEA process to predict and prevent problems, reduce costs and shorten development times  

Optimizing Manufacturing with the Internet of Things

White Paper: Fusionex International

Big data analytics and the Internet of Things in manufacturing Industry as an end-to-end platform is the critical backbone to enable the vision of smart manufacturing. Smart manufacturing requires IoT-driven data analytics to improve asset utilization and greater efficiency.The application of the Internet of Things to the manufacturing sector signifies huge operational improvements. This whitepaper outlines an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative in manufacturing to show how data analytics applied to factory equipment and sensors can bring operational efficiency. Is the Internet of Things really changing Manufacturing? How Big data analytics in manufacturing can bring cost savings to manufacturing processes? What are the key benefits of manufacturing optimization with the Internet of Things? How to apply IoT in the manufacturing industry's unique requirements? How can Iot help manufacturers to extract maximum value out of their manufacturing data? How can an IoT initiative using big data analytics server and IoT gateway in manufacturing address the challenges? Read this whitepaper to know more about How to Optimize Manufacturing smartly with the Internet of Things (IoT).

Improving Food & Beverage Margins by Improving supply chain visibility

White Paper: The MPI Group

Food and beverage organizations must have integrated systems that provide supply chain visibility into remote processes and events to catch problems before they reach the market. Although current supply chain management (SCM) tools provide food and beverage executives more supply chain visibility to help them quickly adapt their companies to changing conditions, today’s globally competitive market demands an even fresher, more innovative approach. In this white paper on “Processing Profitability”, learn how modern supply chain management systems, business analytics and IT tools can improve visibility in supply chain and help transform today's food and beverage industry business challenges into opportunities. Some of the benefits of digital business model: Customer and market supply chain visibility Vendor visibility in supply chain Healthier, higher margin business in food and beverage industry

Why Are Implementations Faster with KenandyTM?

White Paper: Kenandy

For ERP implementation- whether it’s on-premise or on the cloud, you must address some key functional considerations to ensure a fast and successful deployment. Implementation of an ERP system is not straightforward, but remembering some of these simple suggestions will help your project have a greater chance of success than ignoring them. So, what happens if your business is highly innovative and you want to leverage your own best practices? This whitepaper on “Why Are Implementations Faster with Kenandy?,” discusses the benefits of the new Cloud ERP system implementation plan. It focuses on: The Traditional Waterfall vs. Agile Approach for ERP Implementation Best practice guidelines of ERP system Implementation Detailed view of Kenandy’s Agile approach Cloud ERP Implementations for Quicken Time-to-Value Avoid ERP implementation failure 

Order Management Strategies for Efficiency and Growth

White Paper: NetSuite

The Order Management Strategies for Efficiency and Growth provides benchmarks and associated recommendations to small and medium-sized businesses on how to optimize operations to help grow their business. This informative whitepaper is based on a survey of more than 200 manufacturing companies in the U.S., wholesale distribution and retail sectors, discusses the opportunities and challenges around order management process. Shipping is not well integrated with order management Improved order management is the #1 Customer-Focused Initiative Top growth and channel order management strategies How does your order management performance stack up? Download this whitepaper to find out why improving order management is the top customer-focused initiative and get practical recommendations on proven strategies to drive satisfaction and sales. Benchmark your order and fulfillment efficiency against your peers!!

Three Ways to Empower Real People with Kenandy Cloud ERP

White Paper: Kenandy

Now, it’s time to empower people with Kenandy’s cloud ERP solution. Empower your business with a modern ERP and arm your people towards higher levels of productivity. A cloud ERP solution that gives people in business and IT the speed, flexibility and access they need to pursue new business models and create better results. In this whitepaper on “Three Ways to Empower Real People with Kenandy Cloud ERP,” learn the ways to Empower People with Cloud ERP solutions: Empower people with ERP that’s easy to use Empower business with ERP that’s easy to implement Empower IT with cloud based ERP solution that’s easy to change Want to find out more about empowering people with Cloud ERP?  Download this whitepaper.

Cloud ERP: Helping Manufactures Keep up with the Times

White Paper: Mint Jutras

Cloud ERP for manufacturing is now becoming an integral part of the business operations of the major manufacturing concerns. A survey was conducted to investigate cloud ERP goals and benchmark performance of cloud based ERP implementations in light of the changing operational landscape for manufacturers. Moving to a subscription licensing and cost model, the ability to access anywhere, anytime, and always up-to-date software makes cloud deployment very attractive to manufacturers today. Key Takeaways from this whitepaper on “Cloud ERP: Helping Manufacturers Keep up with the Times”: Discover how a cloud ERP deployment can keep pace with newer technology, which in turn can deliver more innovation See the value in better planning, collaboration, and visibility, which help produce more with fewer (physical) resources in cloud ERP for manufacturing Understand how cost savings can justify the cost of a transition to the cloud Read this white paper which looks at how cloud ERP solutions can aid innovation by providing better planning, collaboration and visibility to manufacturing companies to help them produce more with fewer physical resources.

Adaptive Insights Anonymous Manufacturer


With ''Adaptive Insights'' companies of all sizes and industries can plan smarter, report faster and analyze better for transforming business performance. Companies needed adaptive insights to perform financial planning and analysis (FP&A) in a consistent and reliable way across the operations of its plants. The organizations uses SAP and Hyperion for global consolidation, but lackes a common tool to perform planning and analysis at the local level. Key features this descriptive whitepaper on ''Adaptive Insights'' focuses  are: What are the key advantage of Adaptive insights?  How can implementing an Adaptive Planning solution allow managers to create more concise, and accurate budgets and forecasts? How Adaptive Insights can provide better visibility, and the ability to analyze and understand value stream performance? How to evaluate Adaptive Planning based on your organization’s needs? How to quantify and calculate the ROI for company’s investment in its deployment of Adaptive Planning?

Three Strategic Reasons for Moving to Cloud ERP

White Paper: Kenandy

Moving to Cloud ERP system gives you a great avenue to rethink the way your company does business. Cloud-based ERP provides a platform ideal for global agility and empowers users to respond quickly in today’s global economy.   This white paper explains why manufacturing and product companies are primed to move their ERP systems to the cloud. Read this today to learn: The challenges product companies are facing today Three strategic reasons why product companies are moving to cloud ERP What you should expect from your ERP in the cloud today Why is it the  Time to Rethink Your ERP System and move to cloud ERP? Having your ERP system on the cloud gives you entirely new ways to cut costs, be more productive and make your customers happy. With a cloud-based ERP system, you’re energizing an entire community of experts around the world — your business partners — to make your enterprise more efficient.

What is Electronic Data Interchange?

White Paper: ProcessPro

What is Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI? Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents in a standard electronic format between business partners. This whitepaper brings you the benefits of Electronic Data Interchange solution in simplifying your business transactions, saving time and money by eliminating paper documents, and improving overall customer satisfaction. How does the process of EDI application actually work? What are the things that should be included in your purchase and partnership when choosing an EDI application? What is the key hindrance to a successful implementation of EDI? Download this informative whitepaper to find out how your business can run more efficiently and effectively with implementing an EDI solution.

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence : Your Journey Forward

White Paper: Demand Solutions

Your new path to supply chain excellence!! Nobody disputes the value of an efficient, collaborative, carefully planned supply chain. But it’s probably fair to say that for most companies, true supply chain excellence still lies ahead. This whitepaper on “Achieving Supply Chain Excellence: Your Journey Forward” looks at the new imperatives for supply chain maturity, and the role of integrated business planning. Key takeaways from this whitepaper: Roadblocks to Supply Chain Maturity New Imperatives for Supply Chain Maturity What’s keeping companies from achieving supply chain excellence? Integrated Business Planning: A new mindset for better results Read this technical whitepaper and get started on your journey to supply chain excellence and IBP success. 

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